Edinburgh: Was That Our Woodstock?

I stayed up late last night watching the Long Walk to Justice concert in Edinburgh – decidedly the best out of all the concerts over the past week. Huge kudos to Bono for his diplomacy behind the scenes, for connecting with George Bush (a possible traditional church/emerging church metaphor) and for the focus on justice and giving beyond ourselves.

Pity about James Brown doing his self-promotion tour on the stage . . .

I made my kids watch some of the concert. I told them history was being written and I want them to remember it. Samuel asked “Why are we not in Edinburgh? Good question.

And the thought keeps buzzing around my head – was last night’s concert a Woodstock experience for a new generation? Is it THE Woodstock experience in our decade. And if it is, what does that say about our culture and the emerging generation?


Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • si says:

    wasn’t it funny/sad when James Brown upon being asked what he did when he heard the call to be there said, ‘well, of course I wanted to come, it was no problem, I just jumped in my private plane to come and do my thang!’ He may be a sex-machine, but he’s certainly not a diplo-machine.

  • Brodie says:

    Totally agree with you Si, Alison and I turned to each other and said “he really does not get it”.
    Thought it was very revealing to hear Bono talk about the approach they took with President Bush.
    Was it a Woodstock moment? I hope it was more – the radicals of Woodstock became the conformers and controllers of the system we have now.

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