Woodstock 48th Anniversary: From Woodstock…

Every year when August rolls around, I have a little flashback to that weekend on Max Yasgur’s Farm in 1969.

I must admit, I have mixed emotions, feelings, and thoughts about the Woodstock

phenomenon, and those thoughts are what inspired me to write my book, From Woodstock To Eternity. I wanted to paint a real life history of the hippie era… its rise and fall, its ups and downs, the good, the bad and the ugly. A final scene in the Woodstock chapter captures the stardust…

He closes his eyes and lets the rhythmical power of the acid rock take him away.  The images of the last three days roll through his mind like a video.  The overwhelming onslaught of people from everywhere.  The gathering of the tribes.  The exhilarating swells of peace and brotherhood.  The generosity of the hog farm, the open market of psychedelic drugs.  The acid reports.  The smiles on everybody’s faces, the “hello, brother,” “hello, sister,” “peace, man,” “this is far out, really far out.”  Jimi says it all in his brief chatter between songs,

“You proved to the world what can happen,” he says, “A little bit of love, and understanding, and sound.”

Hendrix goes straight from “Voodoo Child” into the opening notes of “The Star Spangled Banner.”  He raises his arm high in a salute to the crowd, his fingers formed into the peace sign.  The adoring audience flashes the sign back in unison.   The twisted, exploding version of the National Anthem paints the picture of everything the revolution stands for, and Morgan knows he is part of it.  Woodstock has sealed the deal; he has sold his soul.  A great swelling of emotion rises up in his heart, and he cannot contain it.  He raises both hands into the air, with his fingers forming the “V,” and cries like a baby.

From Woodstock To Eternity is a story of change, of mutation and renewal. In just a few short years, Dustin Morgan and his friend Cutter lament the passing of the beautiful people…

“… We used to talk about the reasons for war, why it was wrong, what made up the human condition, what could be done to improve on that condition.  All we wanted was brotherhood, and good vibes; it was enough just to groove on a good rock beat and hallucinate.”

“Yeh, I know what ya mean.  Where did all those people go?  A whole society has suddenly disappeared!  Did they all vanish into thin air?  Did someone throw some kind of cosmic switch that instantly transformed a whole generation?  It’s like an alien mother ship slowly cruised around the world with a long vacuum hose dangling down to earth, sucking up the beautiful flower people, leaving behind nothing but dull-witted, lecherous, party ‘til you puke derelicts.” 

Cutter goes on,

“Now, the only thing anyone talks about is, ‘Let’s get drunk, let’s get stoned, hey, look at that chick!’  Slobber, drool.  Instead of ‘Why is there air?’ the deepest, most profound question anybody can come up with is, ‘Hey man, got any coke?’”

On the one hand, I wrote the story to give those of us who were there, in that time, a walk down memory lane. It blossomed in Haight Ashbury and peaked at Woodstock, but the hippie movement soon took a downward spiral into debauchery and depravity. Morgan witnessed it for himself at a rock festival in Evansville, Indiana.

The kid is a total mess.  His hair is not quite shoulder length, knotted and disheveled like a bad case of bed head.  His shirt is torn and unbuttoned, hanging loose.  His pants are halfway down his rear, sagging over his bare feet.  His shoulders are stooped and rounded in a slouch… a filthy lock of hair dangling over his face as he gazes downward.  Morgan thinks to himself,

“Is this the picture of the typical hippie?  Is this what the world thinks we are?  No wonder they think we’re disgusting.  I think it’s disgusting.”

The image of the kid playing in the sewage plagues Morgan from that time on.

“Has Woodstock Nation come to this?  This isn’t stardust and golden; this is space aliens in the sewage.  A wasted kid, totally stripped of all decency, full of downers, playing in the piss?  This is pathetic.”

Dustin’s Dad gives him a wise analysis,

“If you’re wondering why all this is crumbling around you, it’s because you have left Jesus out of the equation.  You want the results, but you don’t want to obey the Giver of the results.  Therefore, the Giver withholds His hand.”

Next: The Turn to Eternity 

Richie’s Reviews Gives Four Stars

From Woodstock To Eternity Gets Four Star Review From R. W. Lang

Hello and a Very Happy and Blessed 2017 to everyone!! I just came across this review from Richie’s Reviews for my Christian Adventure Novel, From Woodstock To Eternity and thought I would share it. I encourage everyone to click on the link and visit his site, as well as read and comment on his review.

2017 promises to be  a very good year in many ways. For those of you who were left hanging on the cliff ending, I have already started writing the sequel, which will reveal what

Are you Dustin Morgan?

happened to Dustin Morgan, and how God again worked miraculously in his life, but only after he submitted to some very difficult commands from Scripture. The name of the next book is “The Steel Wall”, but more on that in a future post.

For now, please visit Richie’s Reviews and see his great review of my book, and also, please go to my Amazon page and leave your own review for From Woodstock To Eternity. I believe this book has a valuable message, and the best way to spread it is through many good reviews.

Thanks so much, and again, DREAM BIG!!!

Happy 2017!!!

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For those who have not yet read this book, it is a highly entertaining story of the hippie era and a moving tale of deliverance. For this Christmas season, it is a stirring account of what Jesus can do to transform a life.

Amazing Real Book May 2, 2015

Amazing Real Book!!! Thank you for writing it and then Sharing it with us!!! Oh how I

remember the days of my youth!!! My Parents were so right about my music and lots of other things!!! I see now that I am older, THANK YOU AGAIN !! Loving the readings in this BOOK!!!

LIVE THIS ADVENTURE YOURSELF May 2, 2015
INCREDIBLE, VERY ENTERTAINING,GETS YOUR ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY AND DOESN,T LET UP.
WOW!!!!! FROM ANOTHER PERSON WHO ATTENTED WOODSTOCK. THE READER WILL GET THE
FEELING THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY THERE, LIVING THIS ADVENTURE. YOU ARE LEFT TO FORM
ON OWN CONCLUSIONS ON WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG, THE MORAL IMPLICATIONS OF DECISIONS
MADE BY DUSTIN MORGAN ARE OPEN TO INTERPRETATION. AWESOME!!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND
THIS
Powerful! January 21, 2015
There is only one possible way this man could have lived through all of this and come out of it mentally stable, emotionally balanced, and spiritually whole. This is the power of God. I promise, you will not regret reading this book!
 You made me feel like I was on the plane with you. Actually, I think I would have been in the “drop zone” waiting for the goodies! Very descriptive, accurate, and well-written. Rick Blaisdell -Pastor Renewed Life in Jesus Church and Author of One Life to Give-Living Water for Thirsty Souls.
 It arrived from Amazon Saturday afternoon and I finished it Monday morning. Couldn’t put it down. It was really intense.

 

New Edition Coming Soon

From Woodstock To Eternity Collector’s edition expiring soonFront Cover

The 45th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of the smash hit,

From Woodstock To Eternity, will undergo some changes in the following weeks, so get your unabridged, Anniversary edition now!

There are a number of reasons for the update:

  1.  It is no longer the 45th Anniversary.  As a matter of fact, this August 15,16, and 17. 2016 will be the 47th anniversary.  I am gearing up for a big push for the 50th Anniversary in 2019.
  2. Even though I love every story in the book, and believe that it all contributes to the ambiance of the era, It is common knowledge in the “professional” writing world that a book should be (or must  be) shorter that this one is, so I will be cutting some passages from the current edition
  3. Many writing articles also have given me some great advice on techniques, from spicing up the characters to amplifying conflicts and episodes, so the new version may have some surprises in it.
  4. The current Anniversary edition is indeed a collector’s issue.  I have some good indicators that it will eventually take off, and this unabridged, from the heart telling of the journey From Woodstock To Eternity will be a treasure for the first faithful bunch.  I love you all, and I will keep you posted.

Get the unabridged Collector’s Edition while it is still available through Christmas!!

4 Star Book Review

Richard Lang gives 4 stars to From Woodstock To Eternity

Review of “From Woodstock to Eternity”

Climb aboard this wild ride with Dustin Morgan. As a young teen, Dusty grew his hair long and hung out with beatniks. At eighteen he went to Woodstock, at twenty-two he had his own marijuana distribution network. Then came the first bust, but luck was on his side. He moved to Texas to live with his sister and found Jesus. Then on to Florida and flight school, but temptation stole him away. Then another bust, and again he got lucky. He had a son with his girl, but still struggled to settle down. Then the sentence and six months in jail. On to Colorado and reconnected with Jesus, and got a great new job. Just when the promise of a secure and beautiful future was upon him, a jolt from the past hit him. Cooper writes this roller coaster story with a smooth style. 4 Stars

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Why is a story about hippies important?  What’s the big deal?

  • A lot of people need hope and deliverance in this day.
  • We all struggle with the inward spiritual battle between right and wrong – between knowing what we ought to do and what we want to do.

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