HBO has scheduled Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage, a feature about the notorious concert and the first in a series of documentaries from executive producer Bill Simmons (The Ringer, Andre the Giant).
Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage will debut on HBO on July 23 and will likewise stream on HBO Max. The movie, from director Garret Price (Love, Antosha), takes a gander at the three-day concert held to mark the 30th anniversary of the notorious 1969 event. It was planned to echo the “peace and love” message of the original show however rather degenerated into uproars, plundering and assault, thanks partially to a lineup stacked with artists obliging a young and aggressive male audience.
Charged as an investigation of the end-of-the-millennium cultural shift, the documentary additionally reconsiders the legacy of the 1960s and the risks of rose-tinted nostalgia. It incorporates interviews with Woodstock 99 coordinators Michael Lang and John Scher, as well as first-hand accounts from celebration participants and musicians including The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Korn’s Jonathan Davis, Moby, Jewel, The Offspring, and Creed’s Scott Stapp.
Woodstock 99 is the first entry in HBO’s Music Box series, a collection of documentaries made by Simmons that will keep on carrying out this fall. Subsequent movies in the series, each from an alternate director, incorporate Jagged, about Alanis Morissette’s historic 1995 Jagged Little Pill album, from director Alison Klayman (which is set to screen at TIFF); an untitled movie on the final years of rapper DMX’s life from Christopher Frierson; Listening to Kenny G, a glance at the popular and polarizing instrumentalist from director Penny Lane; Mr. Saturday Night, about disco pioneer Robert Stigwood, from director John Maggio; and an untitled documentary on the effect that late rapper Juice WRLD had during his short life, directed by Tommy Oliver.
Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage is a Ringer Films production in relationship with Polygram Entertainment. It was produced via Sean Keegan and Adam Gibbs; executive produced by Bill Simmons, Jody Gerson and Marc Cimino; co-executive produced by Geoff Chow, Sean Fennessey and Noah Malale. Tina Nguyen was senior producer for HBO, with executive producers Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller.