Woodstock: Behind The Scenes Of 3 Days Of Peace And Music

By | November 23, 2017

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Left: John Sebastian plays for the Woodstock crowd. Right: Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane at the festival. Source: (IMDB.com)

In August 1969, hordes of hippies descended upon a farm near White Lake, in upstate New York, for a festival billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music" -- Woodstock, as we now know it. The lineup included Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, the Who, and the Grateful Dead -- with memorable moments from acts like Richie Havens, Country Joe & the Fish, and Ravi Shankar. Photos might not do it justice -- after all, Woodstock achieved a vibe that's never been matched by a music festival -- but they're our best window on to the legendary event as it happened.

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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - AUGUST 1969: Large crowd of people, including people sitting on top of cars & busses, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. Source: (Photo by John Dominis/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The festival attracted an audience of nearly a half million, and the name Woodstock came to symbolize everything the generation was striving for -- be it the "peace and love" billed on the poster or the reality on the ground of great music and plentiful drugs. The event was originally going to be scheduled for two days but was later changed to three days, because of its massive popularity and interest.