Love, flowers, music and peace – these are some of the things that made the hippie movement of the 60s and 70s iconic and memorable. This iconic photo of a Woodstock couple sharing a solemn embrace became one of the most powerful images of the hippie generation.
Mud and rains may have made the grounds for the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts festival messy but the spirit of young counter-culture lives on. Images from the famed Woodstock festival are reminders of the old times when peace and music were symbols of youth and protest.
Captured by veteran music photographer Jim Marshall as he was scouting the grounds, this image of a young couple sharing a blanket and a tight embrace has been an enduring image for the hippie movement. The well-known image also inspired other pop culture references as well. The long-running animated comedy series “The Simpsons” recreated this scene in one of its episodes.
The young couple pictured in their youthful embrace are Bobbi and Nick Ercoline. The two lovers are still together, almost 45 years after this iconic photo was taken. The Woodstock Festival continues to be a symbol of a generation that opposed war and violence. 1969 became a year when music and culture played great roles in the formation of the youth.
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