Woodstock 1969


















Woodstock was held August 15, 16, 17, 1969 on Max Yasgur¹s 600 acre farm in Bethel, New York. The festival of music, peace, and counterculture had been organized for only 50,000 people a day. Instead, 400,000 people came and made the site the third largest city in New York.


Woodstock was advertised as ³three days of peace and music². It attracted hippies and music fans from around the country. People shared food, drugs, tents, sleeping bags,  and good humor even though torrential rains turned it into a mud fest.


The theme of the festival was shairng. If people ran out of food, they could eat at a kitchen set up by Hog Farm Commune. There was a volunteer hospital tent established for hippies suffering from bad drug trips or other ailments.


The concerts held during Woodstock highlighted such performers as Richie Havens, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Sly and the Family Stone. Many small name or local bands were also featured. Woodstock also attracted a lot of vendors selling tie-dye clothes, love beads, crafts, and other items.


Woodstock is one of the most notable events of the 1960s because is was the last happy affirmation of the counter hippie culture spirit. Shortly after Woodstock the peaceful, organic lifestyle of the hippies dissolved in the face of media attention, hostility from the public, political attacks, and a never ending epidemic of hard drugs. It was the end of an era of love, peace, and sharing that would shortly become one of drug addictions and conflicts. Woodstock could be considered the perfect ending to a revolutionary decade.