Netflix’s new three-part docuseries, Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99, remembers the chaos that ensued at the attempted revival of the 1969 Woodstock music festival. Instead of the festival’s original promise of peace and love, the 1999 rendition resulted in riots, arson, and death.
Nearly 400,000 people attended Woodstock ’99, which was just about 100 miles from the original site, to see bands ranging from Metallica and Aerosmith to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Limp Bizkit.
HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED AT WOODSTOCK ’99?
However, it didn’t take long before it all went downhill. A heat wave with little water, poor organization, sexual assault, and an audience not afraid to light a fire plagued the three-day festival, ultimately leaving three people dead.
According to MTV, a 44-year-old man with a pre-existing heart condition died of cardiac arrest at the campground on the Friday, while David G. Derosia, 24, died in the hospital after being transported the day before for a heat-related illness. A third victim, Tara K. Weaver, who was 28 years old, was struck by two separate cars while walking alongside the road after having problems with her car.
One month after the festival, five rapes and countless sexual harassment allegations had been reported, per Billboard.
HOW DID WOODSTOCK ’99 PROMOTER MICHAEL LANG DIE?
Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 explores what went wrong during this festival, interviewing concertgoers, staff, and even the Woodstock festival creator, Michael Lang, who filmed the docuseries just three months before he died from Non-Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 77.
Lang co-created Woodstock 1969, which was iconic for its message of peace during a time when the country was riddled with conflict from the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. He brought the festival back in both 1994 and 1999, and while there were plans for a 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock set to happen in 2019, which would have featured musicians from Miley Cyrus to The Killers, it was canceled.
Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 is currently streaming on Netflix.