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