HBO’s Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love And Rage: 7 Quick Things We Know About The Documentary

The east stage at Woodstock '99

Twenty-two years ago at a decommissioned air force base in the center of New York State, approximately 400,000 music fans congregated for three days of peace, love, and music. But as the upcoming HBO documentary Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love, and Rage will show, those in the crowd, on the stage, and behind the scenes didn’t experience anything as loving or peaceful as the original Woodstock 30 years earlier, instead what they saw was one of the most infamous and notorious black spots on the history of music and pop culture.

Below is a quick rundown of everything we know about Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love and Rage before the new documentary lands on HBO and HBO Max in late July 2021 and welcomes viewers to one of the most talked-about moments in the final year of the ‘90s, the 20th Century, and the last millennium.

Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit at Woodstock '99

Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love And Rage Premieres July 23 On HBO And HBO Max

If you weren’t around during the music festival or perhaps want to remember what it was like during the epic three-day concert, tune in at 9 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 23 to watch Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love, and Rage on HBO or streaming on HBO Max. The new HBO documentary will premiere not only on the 22nd anniversary of the official start of Woodstock ’99 but also around the same time Korn took to the East Stage, setting off a weekend full of music, anger, and violence.

Rage Against the Machine in the Woodstock '99: Peace, Love, and Rage trailer

Woodstock ’99 Will Dive Into How The Event Earned The Distinction Of ‘The Day The ‘90s Died’

When Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love, and Rage premieres on HBO, it will not only focus on the musical acts that took to stage throughout the three-day event but also everything that happened off the stage and how a festival intended to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the 20th Century’s landmark pop culture moments turned into rioting, sexual assault and how if you can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice you can always set the bottle on fire and start a riot.

For the longest time Woodstock ’99 has had the distinction of “the day the ‘90s died,” and the new HBO documentary will take a deep dive into the everything that caused the festival to go up in flames in one of the most trying years for America’s youth.

Moby in the Woodstock '99: Peace, Love, and Rage trailer

Woodstock ’99 Will Feature First-Hand Accounts From Organizers, Musical Acts And Attendees

To tell the story of Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love, and Rage, event organizers Michael Lang and John Scher, musical artists who performed at the festival including Korn’s Jonathan Davis, The Roots’ Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Moby, and Jewel, as well as those who were in the crowd through it all (and purchased $4 bottles of water) will provide detailed recollections of the festival and how it became the most infamous concert of the ‘90s. The documentary will also feature commentary from culture critics who break down the chaos and how its impact is still felt 22 years later.

Anton Yelchin in Love, Antosha

Woodstock ’99 Is Being Helmed By Garret Price, Who Previously Directed The Anton Yelchin Documentary Love, Antosha

Given the monumental task of turning hundreds of hours of footage and interviews into a nearly two-hour documentary is Garret Price, who previously directed Love, Antosha, the 2019 documentary that served as a portrait and tribute to the life and career of the late Anton Yelchin who tragically died following a freak accident in June 2016. Prior to that, Price edited multiple documentaries and docuseries including The Director and the Jedi, a 2018 intimate profile on Rian Johnson as he directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Woodstock attendees tear down a wall in the Woodstock '99: Peace, Love, and Rage trailer

Steven Hyden, Creator Of The Break Stuff: The Story Of Woodstock ’99 Podcast, Was A Consulting Producer On The HBO Documentary

One of the consulting producers of Woodstock ’99: Love, Peace, and Rage is Steven Hyden, the creator and host of the 2019 Luminary podcast Break Stuff: The Story of Woodstock ’99. This eight-episode series attempted to look beyond the long-standing narrative that the musical artists (specifically Limp Bizkit, Korn, and Rage Against the Machine) were to blame for the events that transpired and instead broke down other figures, attitudes, and events that all contributed to one of the most talked about events of the past 25 years.

The west stage following Woodstock '99

The HBO Documentary Is The First Entry In Bill Simmons’ Music Box Series

When Woodstock ’99: Love, Peace, and Rage premieres on Friday, July 23, it will be the first in a series of music-based documentaries from Bill Simmons’ Ringer Films. In fall 2021, the rest of the Music Box series will air on HBO and stream on HBO Max, offering viewers a look at some of the most pivotal moments in the music world. This includes Jagged, an intimate exploration of Alanis Morissette’s groundbreaking 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill”; an untitled DMX documentary about the late rapper’s life and career; Listening to Kenny G, a look at the iconic and polarizing instrumentalist; Mr. Saturday Night, the untold story of Robert Stigwood and how he took the disco era to new heights; and an untitled documentary about Juice WRLD, the late hip hop artist who passed away as his career was reaching new heights.

Bill Simmons took to Twitter in early July 2021 to get the word out about the rest of the series coming out later in the year, but there is no word on when the remaining five documentaries will air.

A Woodstock attendee adds fuel to the fire in the Woodstock '99: Peac, Love, and Rage trailer

The Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love And Rage Trailer Is Out Now

If you want to see what Woodstock ’99: Peace, Love, and Rage is all about ahead of its premiere on July 23, check out the official trailer below:

As you can see in the explosive trailer, Garret Price and everyone at Ringer Films don’t plan on holding back in the unraveling of one of the most consequential moments in the history of rock and roll.

Make sure to tune in and watch Woodstock ’99: Love, Peace, and Rage when it airs at 9 p.m. EDT, Friday, July 23 on HBO and streaming on HBO Max. In the meantime, check out the the 2021 Summer TV Schedule for the other new and returning shows coming out.

Philip Sledge
Content Writer

Philip grew up in Louisiana (not New Orleans) before moving to St. Louis after graduating from Louisiana State University-Shreveport. When he's not writing about movies or television, Philip can be found being chased by his three kids, telling his dogs to stop barking at the mailman, or yelling about professional wrestling to his wife. If the stars properly align, he will talk about For Love Of The Game being the best baseball movie of all time.