It was the summer of 69’ in Bethel New York, when one of the largest peace
festivals ever took place. Over 400,000 people gathered in a dairy farm to participate in a
3 day non stop celebration of life, peace, and happiness.
Woodstock exemplified the
counterculture of the hippie, and 1960 eras.
A celebration of its time, anti Vietnam
hippies gathered to support music and life. Music genres ranged from Rock and folk,
including blues-rock, folk-rock, jazz fusion, Latin rock, and psychedelic rock styles.
Famous artist such as the Greatful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix,
Santana, The Who, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and The Band, took stage inducing
social harmony. Although Woodstock was such a historical event it of peace gathering, it
also singled the end to the Flower Generate.
Woodstock cost more than 2.4 million dollars and was sponsored by four young
men, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie KornFeld, and Michael Lang. John was the
oldest of the four and was the main supplier of money, however ironically only attended
one concert, the Beach-Boys. The details of who originally is due credit for Woodstock is
unknown, however it is said that John and Rosenman were friends who were just looking
for something to do, and had a lot of cash. Artie and Michael presented the idea of a Rock
Concert that would bring a back-to-the-land spirit of the counterculture and John and
Rosenman followed. The group settled on the concrete slogan of "Three Days of Peace
and Music". Promoters believed that “peace” would have a strong connection to the anti-
war sentiments and would link to the rock concert. They also tried to avoid violence,
figuring a slogan with “peace” emphasized in it would help keep order. The hardest part