I wasn't at the original, but I did go to the '99 festival. Despite what the media says because of the fires at the end (a bunch of spoiled kids just looking for an excuse to tear **** up IMHO), it was a damn good time. It was hot, and the ground was hard to sleep on, but it was well worth it for the experience and the music. Fantastic and varied lineup.
I guess its cool to dump on Woodstock this year. Being of the right age, I know plenty of people who were there (really) - they consistently describe it as intense, mostly a great time and an experience they wouldn't trade anything for.
I think I would have loved it back then, but I was sixteen years old. Probably not so much now. I do go to outdoor camping festivals, but my experience has been once the crowd reaches a certain size things begin to change for the worse. A good crowd, venue, variety of acts, and good weather can be a great experience.
Townshend stated in 2006 that: "It is not precisely a song that decries revolution it suggests that we will indeed fight in the streets but that revolution, like all action, can have results we cannot predict. Don't expect to see what you expect to see. Expect nothing and you might gain everything. The song was meant to let politicians and revolutionaries alike know that what lay in the center of my life was not for sale, and could not be co-opted into any obvious cause. [...] From 1971 when I wrote Won't Get Fooled Again to 1985, there was a transition in me from refusal to be co-opted by activists, to a refusal to be judged by people I found jaded and compliant in Thatcher's Britain."
I went to Woodstock 94. It was great. Then it was a TOTAL f-ing mess. Then it was great again.
Other than getting scared (paranoid) a few times over the sheer size of the crowd, and how it took hours to find the bathroom through the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd, it was a great time. But boy was I itchy when I got home on Monday.