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#TBT: 1969 Woodstock Festival

It was this week 50 years ago that hundreds of thousands of revelers gathered in upstate New York for Woodstock — the event that defined a generation. 🎶✌️

50 Years Since

The Woodstock Music Festival was the brainchild of four men, all age 27 or younger, looking for an investment opportunity: John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld and Michael Lang. The Woodstock audience was diverse and a reflection of the rapidly changing times. Some were hippies who felt alienated by a society steeped in materialism. The Woodstock Music Festival began on August 15, 1969, as half a million people waited on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for the three-day music festival to start. Billed as “An Aquarian Experience: 3 Days of Peace and Music,” the epic event would later be known simply as Woodstock and become synonymous with the counterculture movement of the 1960s.

Woodstock was a success, but the massive concert didn’t come off without a hitch: Last-minute venue changes, bad weather and the hordes of attendees caused major headaches. Still, despite—or because of—a lot of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and rain, Woodstock was a peaceful celebration and earned its hallowed place in pop culture history. In 1969, the country was deep into the controversial Vietnam War, a conflict that many young people vehemently opposed. It was also the era of the civil rights movement, a period of great unrest and protest. Woodstock was an opportunity for people to escape into music and spread a message of unity and peace.

Although the crowd at Woodstock experienced bad weather, muddy conditions and a lack of food, water and adequate sanitation, the overall vibe there was harmonious. Looking back, some people attribute the lack of violence to the large number of psychedelic drugs being used. Others believe hippies were simply living out their mantra of “making love, not war.” In fact, more than a few couples at Woodstock took that command literally and made love whenever and wherever the mood hit. Thirty-two musicians, a combination of local and world-famous talent, performed at Woodstock.

Brut.

08/15/2019 8:48 PMupdated: 08/15/2019 8:50 PM
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21 comments

  • Brut
    4 days

    Fifty years ago, hippies alarmed locals in a sleepy New Mexico town during 1969's Summer of Love. 😂✌️3

  • Yolanda Q.
    3 days

    Love this piece on Woodstock. It was truly a beautiful and historic moment in time .✌

  • Sumon H.
    3 days

  • Amor R.
    3 days

    La belle epoque

  • Alan S.
    3 days

    ordinary people at play before big money and politicians put their greedy hands on it.

  • Fetta L.
    3 days

    Quels souvenirs! Nous étions en terminale.

  • Girish T.
    3 days

    Hippies - High on hashish. Low on responsibility. Just like #Pappu No wonder BRUT loves them.

  • Victor M.
    3 days

    3 DAYS PEACE MUSIC AND LOVE

  • Aurelio F.
    3 days

    TREMENDO ♥️🙏

  • Christian R.
    3 days

    Memorable Woosyock festival

  • Jorge D.
    3 days

    INOLVIDABLE! !!!!!!! 👏 👏

  • Celso L.
    3 days

    Peace, Love and Music not WAR....

  • Oscar J.
    3 days

    Para mi fue el mejor festival de música de todos los tiempos

  • Alesha F.
    2 days

    Jimmi Hendrix experience

  • Jose G.
    2 days

    Big Sur, 1969. I for one, became a part of the hippies, only, phil setting

  • Dari G.
    2 days

    ✌️💗🤘

  • Giles R.
    2 days

    do you remember the blanket you had though?

  • Oscar G.
    2 days

    Peace, love and music

  • Temur S.
    8 hours

    Memories

  • Santos P.
    7 hours

    el mejor de todos los tiempos en la guitarra miembro de los k murieron a los 27