Sunday, March 18, 2018

35 Woodstock Photos That Will Take You Back To 1969

These Stunning Photos Of Woodstock In 1969 Perfectly Capture The Moment. Just Wow.

On August 15, 1969, people came together to celebrate peace, love, and rock ’n’ roll in upstate New York. The festival was marketed as “Three Days of Peace and Music.” The event was organized to raise enough funds to build a recording studio. A 600-acre farm served as the gathering place of what was initially going to be 186,000 attending, turned out to be about 500,000 people at Woodstock.

The self-described hippies enjoyed a weekend of music from Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana, Joan Baez, and Jimi Hendrix. Rolling Stones magazine has named what is now simply called Woodstock as part of the "50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll".

186,000 tickets were slated to be sold. When nearly 300,000 people began to show up on Friday, organizers made the event free to everyone.

The youth of the 1960s began to be referred as Woodstock Nation.

The location: Max Yasgur’s dairy farm. When asked for his location to repeat the Woodstock phenomenon, Yasgur said he would stick to dairy farming.

Musicians played songs with themes opposing the Vietnam War.

There are claims that two babies were born during Woodstock. Although no one has come forward to claim they were the babies. Perhaps more accurately a woman went into labor on her way to the festival. Another woman is believed to have been airlifted to the closest hospital. Nonetheless, many babies were conceived during that weekend.
Janis Joplin was hesitant to take part in the event. When she saw the crowd, she was described as nervous and giddy.

Jimi Hendrix was the last act to perform on Monday. By then most of the attendants had left. Nonetheless, he played for a crowd of 30,000 people.

Hendrix famously played a solo guitar version of, "The Star Spangled Banner."

Woodstock was not actually held in that town. It was held in Bethel, New York.

The highway became a parking lot. Thousands of people simply walked to the venue, abandoning their cars. Artists had to be flown in helicopters to the stage.

Grace Slick bandmember of the Jefferson Airplane.

Sylvester Stewart of Sly & The Family Stone, was described as one of the best shows of the festival.

Despite the large number of people attending Woodstock, there were no incidents of violence reported.
The weather was rainy and muddy but no one seemed to mind.

Woodstock has been described as an important moment in musical history.

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