Tapper saidThink the Woodstock crowd without the political awareness factor and unity, and you'll have Burning Man.
Burning Man is no Woodstock. It has nothing to do with rock music concerts with disaffected college kids. It was and remains an artists gathering, with a rather older demographic. Some see it as latter-day hippie, but it's more what used to be called artsy Bohemian.
It's true the nature has changed over the years and it's become somewhat formulaic. But the performance art spirit remains, not to mention the nudity and drug use. Some online links even list it as a nude event. I saw the same thing happen to the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally, as it got so big they had to bring in an events management company to run it, and it went from an unstructured outlaw gathering to a Mom & Pop Winnebago outing.
I've been to both, and I always advise friends to come to BM prepared to be totally"self-contained" regarding camping. You never know what you'll find, although it's much better organized now than in the past. Plus you may run into sand storms, so bring painter's masks, as you see in that pic above.
KissingPro don't you be afraid to attend. And if you still don't go. please send me your tickets. (It's by reservation now, for the enclosed official area, but you can take a chance when you get there that they'll have a vacancy)