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Woodstock helped hippies live longer, science says

Jul 30, 2019 11:44AM ● By Cloie Sandlin

“Science says concerts can help you live longer.”

This was the headline of an article that Kevin, our publisher, forwarded to me recently.

“If that’s the case, you’re going to live forever,” he said, referring to the fact that I’ve seen more than 250 bands live.

The article cites a study that found that seeing live music regularly can play a significant role in boosting one’s self-esteem, closeness to others and mental stimulation, thereby increasing life expectancy by almost a decade. Compared to other happiness-promoting activities they studied, such as yoga and dog walking, going to concerts was a clear winner, reportedly increasing participants’ happiness by 21 percent.

That explains why, 50 years ago, some 500,000 music fans gathered at Woodstock to listen to some of rock ‘n’ roll’s top artists of the day. Not only was the music euphoric, but this historic event also gave them respite from the political and socioeconomic turmoil the country was going through at the time.

Sure, the drugs probably helped with that, too, but even with that kind of crowd, there were only two fatalities, and neither was a result of violence.

As far as I’m concerned, the study’s findings are well supported: Music is good for the soul, and live music takes it to the next level. What better excuse to check out some live music around town? We have some suggestions.

• Herb Alpert comes to the Avalon on September 24. (Story on page 24)

• Loose Cannon is a Grand Valley rock ‘n’ roll band, made up of some talented guys who are all age 60 and older. (Story on page 26)

• Check out our Calendars for summer concert listings and other happenings around town.

You can also read our story commemorating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock on page 34.

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