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Kim Tran Sports Management O’Connor 4/17/07 Woodstock ‘69 The Sixties were an exciting revolutionary period with great cultural change. Some people called it the “decade of discontent” due to the race riots in Detroit and LA, and the demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Other people called it the decade of “Peace, Love, and Harmony”. The sixties were about assassination, unforgettable fashion, new styles of music, civil rights, gay and women’s liberation, Vietnam, Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, peace marches, sexual freedom, drug experimentation, and Woodstock (Woodstock 1). All of these components caused a change in the world of popular music and society. The most famous of the sixties rock festivals was Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Woodstock was a rock music festival that took place near Woodstock, New York in a town called Bethel. The festival took place over three days, August 15, 16, and 17, 1969. The original plan for Woodstock was an outdoor rock festival for "Three Days of Peace and Music" in the Catskill village of Woodstock. The festival was expected to attract 50,000 to 100,000 people. It was estimated that an unexpected 400,000 or more people attended. It began with partners Michael Lang, (the manager of a rock band), Artie Kronfeld, (an executive at Capitol Records), and two capitalists John Roberts and Joel Rosenman, who supplied
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most of the money and the original idea. Their original plan was to build a recording studio in Woodstock. To get the word out, the four partners decided to hold a concert, which they called the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The group originally tried to have the festival in the town of Woodstock, but the citizens would not permit it. Then after much debate, Michael Lang decided to move the concert to Wallkill, New York where the people also protested, so finally he decided to move it about 70 miles away from the town of Woodstock to Max Yasgur’s dairy farm. Looking back on the Bethel farm Lang remarked "It was magic, it was perfect. The sloping bowl, a little rise for the stage, and the lake in the background.”
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