This August marks the 46th anniversary of the famed Woodstock Music and Art Festival, which took place on Max Yasgur’s 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York.
Every notably musician at the time, from Jimi Hendrix to Janis Joplin, played during the three-day fest. The crowd was made up of over 400,000 attendees who forced their way in, despite extremely heavy traffic and fences surrounding the perimeter.
Even with so many fans, zero reports of violence were made to the police during or after the Festival, and with two babies allegedly born on the premises, it certainly was a weekend of peace, love, and music.
Ahead, take a look at those who made it into the music festival’s premises and became part of the renowned “Woodstock generation.”
When residents of Wallkill, New York denied plans for Woodstock to occur near their town, farmer Max Yasgur came to the rescue, offering his land near Bethel at the price of $75,000.
Woodstock was created by the then-novice promoters John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang. Originally, the four had hoped the festival would be a way to raise funds to build a recording studio and rock-and-roll retreat near Woodstock, New York.
Tickets to the event costed $6.50 a day, and festival organisers told authorities they were expecting around 50,000 people, even when 186,000 tickets had already been sold.
As thousands of people crowded the area, tickets became obsolete, and people wound up inside the Festival grounds for free.
Festival activities began August 15, 1969 with a performance by the late singer-songwriter Richie Havens.
The hippie commune, Hog Farm, was tasked with providing free food for the Woodstock attendees. However, due to the huge number of attendees and lack of resources, a US Amy helicopter was assigned to deliver food to the grounds.
Hog Farm was also assigned with overseeing security at the Festival. They named their security team 'Please Force,' a nod to their non-violent intentions.
The influx of Festival goers caused a massive traffic jam which was announced across local radio stations, down to WNEW-FM in Manhattan.
It began raining the first night of the Festival, and the bad weather continued throughout the weekend.
Yasgur's farm was left in shambles. Here, attendees walk across the debris-ridden landscape after the Festival has wrapped up.
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