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Today in History (1969): The Woodstock festival opens

Woodstock is an event that changed rock ‘n roll history; a three-day music and arts festival so memorable to those who attended and significant even to those who didn’t.

Photo via festivalea

If I was a kid living in the States in 1969, I would have gathered together every dollar and penny of my college savings just so I could attend Woodstock.

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair, better known simply as Woodstock or the Woodstock Festival was a three-day music and arts festival held at Maz Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, from August 15th to 18th, 1969. It was somewhat rainy that weekend, and yet there were 400,000 attendees eager for the over 30 acts that performed. Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, The Who, and Joe Cocker are only a few of those who performed. Jimi Hendrix was the closing act.

The opening ceremony 44 years ago. Photo via Wikipedia

Touted as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music,” Woodstock was surrounded by controversy as there were more than peace and music to share; booze, drugs, and nudity were part of the equation. The venue was a haven for music enthusiasts, hippies, and even junkies. Most importantly though, there were the bands, and the music.

Despite the negative publicity, Woodstock has served as the benchmark for all other music festivals that followed. There were other largely attended music festivals at the time, but the mere memory of Woodstock steals the show. Its legacy lives on, decades and generations beyond.

Information for this article was taken from Wikipedia.

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  1. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    The best music festival in history ever

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