Rare Stories From Woodstock 1969: Some Do Remember It

By | July 15, 2019

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A woman sits on the grass waiting for a bus to take her to the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, New York, August 1969. The festival ran from August 15 to 18. (Photo by Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

There are true stories from the 1969 Woodstock festival -- don't buy the line about 'if you remember it you weren't there.' The 'three days of peace and music' that happened near Bethel, NY, created vivid memories for many who went.

Woodstock became one of the defining events of a decade and a generation. Hundreds of thousands of people off all ages made their way to Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York to hear bands like The Who and Creedence Clearwater Revival kick out the jams. While many believe that there was one blanket experience shared by the hippies at Woodstock, that’s not true.

Over on Reddit people who attended the Woodstock festival, and people who know someone who did, are telling their stories. Some people had a great time, some got stuck in traffic, and at least one person didn’t even want to be there. Take a trip back to the summer of ’69 with these stories from Woodstock. 

His Dad Missed Hendrix But Saw Janis

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From Redditor /u/row_guy:

My dad went, totally sober the entire time. Remembers watching Creedence and the Who in the middle of the night and watching Janis Joplin swaying in the dark. Never saw Hendrix as he left early Sunday. He always said it was raining, muddy and miserable. Had to pee in a coffee can because it was so crowded. I just went to the site with him a few weeks ago and we stood on the hill exactly where he remembered being.