Woodstock and Strawberry Fields – Flower Children

Scene from Woodstock, 1969.

Scene from Woodstock, 1969.

The novel that is currently in progress tells the story of a young man, a folk-music playing flower-child of the late sixties who was hitch-hiking across Canada at the time of Woodstock with his young lady love. He is the quintessential Flower Child, the precursor of the hippies of the early 70s.  As all good stories go, he loses this young woman and finds himself again wandering across Canada and north-western USA in search of healing a broken heart while playing music.

He makes it to Canada’s version of Woodstock at Mosport Freeway, Strawberry Fields in 1970 where there were some of the same musicians as well as other famous name groups of the day. Half a million at Woodstock and a quarter of a million at Strawberry Fields.

Strawberry Fields 1970

Strawberry Fields 1970

I was there, and like many there, I took my turn bathing in the pond shown in this newspaper clipping.

So, my novel’s main character has authentic experience upon which the tale is told. His wandering continues until he eventually meets a long-haired girl and falls in love, love at first sight. There is more to the story, but enough said.

In a way, this tale is mythology made modern, with the hero wandering through darkness, fighting the forces of darkness, battling the complexes of life and monsters of archetypal proportions, a story told over and over again in our small personal dramas in our ordinary lives.

I know, it makes you want to read the novel, doesn’t it?

2 thoughts on “Woodstock and Strawberry Fields – Flower Children

  1. That picture from 1969 just begs the question as to where they are now? How did they live their lives? True to the ideals they project or did they, like so many others, slip unconsciously into the world of materialist consumers and in their senior years become reactionary conservatives angry at the world at large and anyone who threatened their hard earned entitlements. It is interesting that nudity was automatically adopted as a symbol of freedom, change, rebellion and solidarity. Sure there was plenty of uninhibited sexuality going on but with a body like that why waste a precious resource!

    Your story of the young man going through the trials of becoming adult is indeed a universal story that for each individual is cast in a particular time and place. Maybe a sequel is the same individual looking back from age 70 at what he thought was going to be his future and what it actually turned out to be. Perhaps the other universal story?




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s