Woodstock West: Five Days of Freedom

This rare photographic booklet tells the story of the 1970 University of Denver protest. On May 8, 1970, 1,500 students gathered on the University of Denver campus to publicly mourn their fallen comrades at Kent State and attempt to make sense of president Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia, a clear sign of extending rather than ending the contentious Vietnam War. Shouts of “Burn! Burn! Burn!” tumbled through the student body like a Rocky Mountain spring avalanche. Thus was born the idea for Woodstock West, an intentionally peaceful response to the violence engulfing campuses from New York to Seattle. Woodstock West takes its name from the 1969 concert in Woodstock, NY that promoted values of peace, freedom and love. Denver University students added “West” to better represent their geographical location. Sometimes, the name “Woodstock West” refers to the disastrous concert held at the Altamont Speedway in December 1969 at which violence was a mainstay and a concert-goer was killed by members of the Hell’s Angels who were supposedly at the concert as security. However it is fairly certain that DU students chose this name to reflect their connection to the New York extravaganza and their own values of peace and freedom. Photographs by Terry Datz.

BW ills.; Publisher: Matchless Publishing Company, 1970.

ID: 16735

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This rare photographic booklet tells the story of the 1970 University of Denver protest. On May 8, 1970, 1,500 students gathered on the University of Denver campus to publicly mourn their fallen comrades at Kent State and attempt to make sense of president Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia, a clear sign of extending rather than ending the contentious Vietnam War. Shouts of “Burn! Burn! Burn!” tumbled through the student body like a Rocky Mountain spring avalanche. Thus was born the idea for Woodstock West, an intentionally peaceful response to the violence engulfing campuses from New York to Seattle. Woodstock West takes its name from the 1969 concert in Woodstock, NY that promoted values of peace, freedom and love. Denver University students added “West” to better represent their geographical location. Sometimes, the name “Woodstock West” refers to the disastrous concert held at the Altamont Speedway in December 1969 at which violence was a mainstay and a concert-goer was killed by members of the Hell’s Angels who were supposedly at the concert as security. However it is fairly certain that DU students chose this name to reflect their connection to the New York extravaganza and their own values of peace and freedom. Photographs by Terry Datz.

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