Stefan Morawietz, 50
Old Fulton and Everit Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Tue Sep 30 2008
What are you up to? I'm here from Cologne making a documentary about the 40th anniversary of Woodstock for German television.
What does Woodstock mean to Germany? Well, it was the beginning of the festival era in Europe—it was the first festival we'd ever heard about.
Are there political implications to making this film now? Of course. The festival is remembered because it changed so many things in society.
Though there are still some unfortunate similarities between then and today, don't you think? In a way, yes. In terms of the elections, there is the same outcry for change as in '68. It didn't work in '68—people elected Nixon. So we'll see what happens this year. What really makes me nervous is when I listen to Obama, he sounds pretty much like a mix of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. And you know what happened to those two.
Knock on wood when you say stuff like that! Do you have amazing Woodstock stories? When the police dropped out two weeks before the festival, they put Hog Farm Commune from New Mexico in charge. One reporter asked Wavy Gravy, their spokesperson, "What are you gonna do for security?" He said, "I dunno. Do you feel secure?" The reporter said, "Yes, I do." And Wavy Gravy said, "See? It works!"
How do you say hippie in German? The same way! It's an international term.
More from Stefan
"The procedure for getting into the U.S. really sucks. THe best questio on the form is: 'Are you a mameber of a terrorist organization?' Do they really expect you to answer that?"
"Germans are more into slapstick comedy, while Americans and English make jokes on themselves a lot. In Germany they don't do that as much. I think it's from hundreds of years of cultural differences."
"Germans have a healthier attitude about sex than Americans—we are Catholics! That's the simple explanation for that. You are all Puritans and everything that's fun is forbidden. With Catholicism, you go to church, you ask for forgiveness and you start anew. That makes it much easier."