1969 Woodstock Festival

When did this happen? August 15, 1969
Where did this happen? Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, USA
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Quick Facts about 1969 Woodstock Festival

4
days of music
32
music artists
~400,000
attendees at peak hours
$24
for a 3-day ticket

1969 Woodstock Festival: What happened?

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair—informally, the Woodstock Festival or simply Woodstock—was a music festival, billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”. It was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre (240 ha; 0.94 sq mi) dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel, in Sullivan County, is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, in adjoining Ulster County.

During the sometimes rainy weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors before an audience of 400,000 young people. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history. Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.

The festival is also widely considered to be the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation.

9 Comments

  1. Ruth Lee Caron

    Had the time of my life, best concert ever.

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    • Sietse

      You were actually there? That’s awesome! Which artists did you see?

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      • Ruth Lee Caron

        I saw all of them. I was a hippy back then and a group of us hitch Hiked from Berkeley, California to the fest. You don’t want to know the rest. LOL

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        • Sietse

          Haha okay, I won’t ask 🙂

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  2. Jim Liston

    I wasn’t old enough to go to Woodstock, but my older cousin went and he has some amazing stories! He said that he spent most of the time nude like a lot of people. You could walk up to a group of people and they would share any food they had with you. He said the strangest thing was the feeling of community. It was like everyone knew each other.

    The stage was really fun to be close to and he saw Hendrix, The Who, Santana, and Janis Joplin among others. I wish that I’d gone but I’ve been to some great concerts so I guess I can’t complain.

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  3. Andrea Robinson

    Woodstock took place less than a year before high school graduation. While I was always somewhat rebellious in the way I dressed and things I believed, I was not ready to hitchhike to New York and join the fun. (I did manage to drop out of society about a year later and leave the country — that’s another story!)

    Although we were not able to attend, the gang and I listened to the music intensely and bought the long-playing record albums so we could revere and grok the magnitude and artistic zeal of the event. To me, Woodstock was a symbol of everything right going on in the world and I watched the documentary over and over.

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  4. Paul Graham

    My Mum went into labour with me at Woodstock on August 19th (I don’t think it really ended on the 18th BTW :-)) and I was born on August 21st 1969 at 6.29am. That’s my claim to fame about Woodstock… I was there, kinda, but I can’t for the life of me remember who was playing all that noisy music!

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  5. Gail

    I lived in New York state at the time. I didn’t go, but my very nice semi-hippy long-haired marijuana smoking brother-in-law went with his semi-hippy friends. I didn’t really get it about Woodstock at the time, but I could tell he thought it was great.

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