This Day in History: Woodstock Music Festival 1969

                The Woodstock Music Festival began on August 15, 1969 and remains a symbol of the counterculture movement of the 1960s.  Woodstock was a three-day music festival attended by mostly young people living the hippie lifestyle.  The concert took place at a time when many young people were strongly opposed to the controversial Vietnam War and wanted to spread the message of peace and love.  A large amount of psychedelic drugs were also used by concertgoers, which some say contributed to the lack of violence over the weekend.  Woodstock was held on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, after a last-minute change of location.  The concert was originally supposed to take place in Wallkill, New York.  However, the City of Wallkill - in a successful effort to prevent Woodstock from being held there - quickly passed a law consisting of strict regulations for events with more than 5,000 people.  At that time, dairy farmer Max Yasgur offered to rent the organizers a portion of his land in Bethel.  A million people arrived at Bethel, blocking the roads, and many even abandoned their vehicles and walked the rest of the way.  Only about half a million people came to the site.  Video below: Jeannie Whitworth, who went to Woodstock in 1969 when she was 16 years old, recalls her memories of the event The festival was created by four men: John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld and Michael Lang.  The men, all 27 or younger, were looking for an investment opportunity when they opened Woodstock Ventures, Inc.  and decided to organize a music festival.  While festival organizers hoped the event would bring in money, in the days leading up to the concert it became clear that they couldn't keep people who hadn't paid, so they decided to let in anyone who showed up.  Clearwater Revival was the first big name to agree to perform and got the ball rolling with other well-known musicians and bands.  A total of 32 musicians performed at Woodstock - Richie Havens was the first to take the stage.  Other performers included Santana, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, the last musician to perform.  Due to rain delays, Jimi Hendrix did not take the stage until Monday morning, resulting in a crowd of only about 25,000 people.  A number of musicians refused to perform at Woodstock, including Simon and Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. 
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                <strong class="dateline">BETHEL, N.Y.—</strong>                                             <p>The Woodstock Music Festival began on August 15, 1969 and remains a symbol of the counterculture movement of the 1960s.</p><!-- article/blocks/side-floater -->

Woodstock was a three-day music festival attended by mostly young people with a hippie lifestyle. The concert took place at a time when many young people were strongly opposed to the controversial Vietnam War and wanted to spread the message of peace and love.

A large amount of psychedelic drugs were also used by concertgoers, which some say contributed to the lack of violence over the weekend.

Woodstock was held on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, after a last-minute change of location. The concert was originally supposed to take place in Wallkill, New York. However, the City of Wallkill – in a successful effort to prevent Woodstock from being held there – quickly passed a law consisting of strict regulations for events with more than 5,000 people. At that time, dairy farmer Max Yasgur offered to rent the organizers a portion of his land in Bethel.

A million people arrived at Bethel, blocking the roads, and many even abandoned their vehicles and walked the rest of the way. Only about half a million people actually came to the site.

Video below: Jeannie Whitworth, who went to Woodstock in 1969 when she was 16 years old, recalls her memories of the event

The festival was founded by four men: John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld and Michael Lang. The men, all 27 or younger, were looking for an investment opportunity when they opened Woodstock Ventures, Inc. and decided to organize a music festival.

While festival organizers hoped the event would bring in money, in the days leading up to the concert it became clear that they couldn’t keep people who hadn’t paid, so they decided to let in anyone who showed up.

Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first big name to agree to perform and got the ball rolling with other well-known musicians and bands.

A total of 32 musicians performed at Woodstock – Richie Havens was the first to take the stage. Other performers included Santana, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, the last musician to perform. Due to rain delays, Jimi Hendrix did not take the stage until Monday morning, resulting in a crowd of only about 25,000 people.

A number of musicians refused to perform at Woodstock, including Simon and Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

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