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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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  • Brut
    08/15/2019 20:48

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

  • Yolanda Q.
    08/15/2019 23:51

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

  • Sumon H.
    08/16/2019 10:37

  • Amor R.
    08/16/2019 12:36

    La belle epoque

  • Alan S.
    08/16/2019 12:40

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

  • Fetta L.
    08/16/2019 13:24

    Quels souvenirs! Nous étions en terminale.

  • Victor M.
    08/16/2019 14:24

    3 DAYS PEACE MUSIC AND LOVE

  • Aurelio F.
    08/16/2019 16:40

    TREMENDO ♥️🙏

  • Christian R.
    08/16/2019 18:28

    Memorable Woosyock festival

  • Jorge D.
    08/16/2019 20:19

    INOLVIDABLE! !!!!!!! 👏 👏

  • Celso L.
    08/16/2019 20:59

    Peace, Love and Music not WAR....

  • Oscar J.
    08/16/2019 22:14

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

  • Alesha F.
    08/17/2019 02:13

    Jimmi Hendrix experience

  • Jose G.
    08/17/2019 02:22

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

  • Dari G.
    08/17/2019 04:07

    ✌️💗🤘

  • Giles R.
    08/17/2019 09:46

    do you remember the blanket you had though?

  • Oscar G.
    08/17/2019 18:00

    Peace, love and music

  • Temur S.
    08/19/2019 02:08

    Memories

  • Santos P.
    08/19/2019 02:51

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

  • Joni A.
    08/19/2019 08:18

    Fantastick ..of Generation 69 .. Peace for People 💖 ❤ ✌