Not a lot of people may remember what happened at Woodstock but it left an important mark in music history.
According to Life Stories, Woodstock was proof of just how powerful a force music can be.
Life Stories looks back to that three-day music and art festival that unfolded in August 1969 in a dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York, complete with the videos of people who attended it.
The owner of the farm, Max Yasgur, graciously leased his 600-acre field for the event that would define a generation.
For the festival, 186,000 tickets were sold but over 500,000 people showed up. In an effort to promote peace, love and inclusiveness, fences were cut down and the festival was declared free for all.
Because of the crowd, food ran out on the first day. But local families pitched in to feed those who attended.
There was a heavy rainstorm but fans braved the weather to catch a glimpse of budding legends like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who.
The bad weather made some sick but people came together to share food and medicine.
At the end of the festival, Max Yasgur spoke to the crowd.
“This is the largest group of people ever assembled in one place. The important thing that you’ve proven to the world is that half a million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music.”
Yasgur’s words still echo today.
Today in History | On this day in 1969, over half a million young people came together to celebrate what united them in a time of war. Woodstock defined a generation, proving to the world just how powerful music can be.
Posted by Life Stories on Thursday, 16 August 2018