Photojournalist Bill Eppridge captured the spirit of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival that took place back in in 1969. More after the break.
In August of 1969, the Woodstock Festival took place in a 600-acre dairy farm in New York. To this day, Woodstock still remains to be one of the most important events in music history. Musicians who performed during the 3-day event include Santana, Joan Baez, Credence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, and Jimi Hendrix. For those who weren’t able to attend the monumental event, photos are the next best thing.
Photojournalist Bill Eppridge was a LIFE magazine staff photographer in the 1960’s to the 1970’s and he was present in the Woodstock Festival. He went there to take snapshots for LIFE magazine. As he recalls, the people were there to enjoy themselves, detach themselves from the world for a few days and just listen to good music. Since the event was big, there were lots of photo opportunities. If a chance for a good photo was missed, there’s no need to fret since you could easily capture another good moment just by looking around. As Bill Eppridge said “There were just pictures happening all over the place.”
View some of the photos that Bill Eppridge took during Woodstock ’69 for LIFE: