[Photo courtesy of Baron Wolman]
Excited. Wolman was excited. And he thought, "Man, if this thing comes off, they're going to have the concert of the century."
"What ended up happening was the concert of our lives," Wolman said. "There will never be anything like it."
Woodstock had two lasting benefits, Wolman said.
The first proved that promoters could "gather together hundreds of thousands of people and control them and make a lot of money," Wolman said.
The second benefit, Wolman feels, can never be replicated.
"For three days, and really in almost unbelievable conditions in terms of not enough food, not enough water and not enough sanitary conditions, there was no violence," Wolman said.
"Everyone got along and the people who came believed in a better world characterized by peace and love and music and getting stoned and being happy about it."
For just three days, the dream of the counterculture, a peaceful life for everyone, came true, Wolman said. But today, people are enmeshed in anger and disrespect and their music reflects it, Wolman added.
"We're more about power, more about self, more about greed, more about money, more about anger and more about territory," Wolman said. "We don't understand that it's easier to love than to hate and that the benefits of love are so much greater than the benefits of hate."