Rare Historical Images From The Woodstock Music Festival
The traffic was so bad, that this man who needed medical attention, was unable to receive it. The traffic was backed up for miles and miles.
People built all kinds of structures during the three days of Woodstock, including the wooden apparatus seen in the picture, with a happily perched event-goer on top.
The sleeping arrangements included sleeping on the ground; with a plastic that functioned as a makeshift canopy that protected from the rain.
The tiny surrounding communities were overwhelmed by the number of people who came out to the show. The governor of New York at the time considered calling the National Guard.
Unsure of how exactly this was calculated and even more unsure due to the large amounts of nudity at the festival, reports say that there was over 10 million yards or blue jeans and striped T-shirt material at Woodstock.
As if the patrons at the festival weren't helpful enough, some erected signs which showed you where to go, depending on what you wanted to partake in. One can only guess what the High Way led to.
The patron didn't only depend on the musicians that they paid to see to offer the entertainment. In between sets, they had their own fun. Many traveling with their own musical instruments.
The atmosphere at Woodstock was so free that people felt the need to build smoke tents in which they could share their marijuana and life stories with others.
To say that the use of recreation drugs was apparent at Woodstock would be a gross understatement. Little shacks like the one pictured, were erected for more than just shelter from the elements.
Even the ice cream truck's stock ran low near the beginning of the festival. Adults and kids alike, despite the rain, devoured every single treat the truck had to offer.
Pictured are two of the women able to provide medical care during the festival. There were two deaths; one from a heroine overdose and the other from a tractor running over a sleeping attendee.
This is an aerial view of the sheer number of Woodstock attendees. While only 50, 000 were expected, close to 400, 000 showed up.
This picture shows the extremely talented Carlos Santana and his band, performing one of their hits at the show.
Of course the show had to be closed by the Rock God himself, Jimi Hendrix. Reports say that Jimi performed well over his allotted time at the show; something no one in their right mind complained about.
The journey home was just as miserable as the trip to the festival. Or maybe it was worse because it rained and all the magic and anticipation was gone.