Taking Woodstock Movie Soundtrack

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Sixties greats capture an era -- good, bad, and ugly.

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Positive Messages

Though the talk of sex and drugs is too mature for kids, the overall message of peace and love comes through louder.

Positive Role Models & Representations

It's difficult to call these artists great role models, since many of them openly indulged in questionable behaviors, but their collective commitment to peace is admirable in itself.


Some talk of sex acts, like "mom met dad in the back of a rock and roll car."


A couple of f-words.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to "trippin'" and getting drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the songs on this soundtrack lack the gratuitous sex and drugs included in much of today's music, these themes are still present in a more muted way -- which could lead kids to want to initiate a larger discussion about this complex and turbulent time in our past.  

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What's the story?

Some of the most famous artists in the history of music rise again on TAKING WOODSTOCK, the soundtrack to the movie about planning the legendary '60s music festival. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby Stills & Nash: the track list reads like a who's-who of big names from this area. In light of the festival's (and the movie's) reputation for adult content, it's no surprise that the songs on the soundtrack are adult as well, with references tosex, drugs, and anti-war sentiments. Interspersed between music from '60s-era artists are instrumental tunes that were composed for the movie by ubiquitous soundtrack composer Danny Elfman.

Is it any good?

Though this album features many of the musicians who shaped the face of music as we know it today, the songs themselves were released even before most parents of young kids were born. As a result, these oldies-but-goodies sound markedly different from most of the music around today. That said, those who appreciate musical talent from any era will agree that this record is terrific, offering a taste of everything from Joplin's powerful rasp, to CSN's beautiful harmonies, to the Dead's nonsensical lyrics that inevitably draw you in. 

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Music details

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Release date: August 25, 2009
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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