HBO released an official trailer today for “Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage”, the first film in “The Music Box” series, a collection of Documentary Films created by Bill Simmons
“Woodstock 99: Peace, Love and Rage” premieres Friday, July 23rd at 9PM ET on HBO. The series will also be available to stream on HBO Max.
WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE unfolds over three blazing hot days and nights of nonstop performances and heaving mosh pits in July 1999, and examines how the festival eventually collapsed under the weight of its own misguided ambition. The musical lineup reflected acts that dominated MTV and radio airwaves at the time and leaned heavily towards artists catering to a young, male demographic. Intense heat, lack of adequate sanitation and access to free drinking water agitated a crowd already at a breaking point.
Shortcuts and cost-cutting measures had diminished security, allowing the anger and frustration of the mob to explode into unchecked rioting and destruction. As much as Woodstock 69 became known as a celebration of peace and inclusion, Woodstock 99 became a flashpoint for burgeoning white toxic masculinity.
WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE is the first film to debut as part of MUSIC BOX, a collection of documentary films exploring pivotal moments in the music world.
Subsequent films in the series, each helmed by a different director, will start airing in late fall 2021 and include:
- “Jagged”: An intimate exploration of Alanis Morissette and her groundbreaking 1995 album Jagged Little Pill; directed by Alison Klayman
- “Untitled DMX”: A film with rare access to the late rapper after his release from prison – a portrait of a man struggling with addiction, fame, and his inner demons in the final years of his life; directed by Christopher Frierson
- “Listening to Kenny G”: An examination of the most popular instrumentalist of all time and why he is polarizing to so many; directed by Penny Lane
- “Mr. Saturday Night”: The untold story of Robert Stigwood and how he amped the disco era; directed by John Maggio
- “Untitled Juice WRLD”: A film exploring how the late hip-hop star impacted a genre during his short life; directed by Tommy Oliver
HBO Documentary Films’ presents a Ringer Films Production in association with Polygram Entertainment. MUSIC BOX series created by Bill Simmons
; WOODSTOCK 99: PEACE, LOVE, AND RAGE directed by Garret Price; produced by Sean Keegan and Adam Gibbs; executive produced by Bill Simmons, Jody Gerson, and Marc Cimino; co-executive produced by Geoff Chow, Sean Fennessey, and Noah Malale For HBO: senior producer, Tina Nguyen; executive producers, Nancy Abraham and Lisa Heller