Are you one of those people who believe they were born in a different era? With its amazing music and incredible sense of fashion, I’d love to be alive in the ’60s. Scoring a 1969 Woodstock ticket was also amazing. Although five decades have passed since the Woodstock era’s end, we cannot deny that its legacy lives on. Look at these pictures to make you want you back then. The festival served as a cultural landmark that captured the youth’s free-spirited nature and freedom. Nearly 400,000 people gathered for three days of love, peace, freedom, music, and community on August 15, 1969. 9, original ticket, music, festival,
You would have seen people resting in strange positions and places if you were lucky enough to attend the festival. It was a completely outdoor festival, meaning that for its duration, attendees camped out. Take a look at this guy who has found the perfect spot between these two cars to doze off. While it doesn’t seem to be the safest place to rest, it did not seem to mind the cowboy! He probably didn’t think the car would go anywhere, so what else to do but relax and take it easy?
The Challenge Of Getting There
First: transportation, of course. You’d have to join tens of thousands of people flocking to Bethel, New York, to get into the event. The roads seemed like parking lots! It’s not surprising to hear that people just decide to walk. The roads eventually closed, meaning some people didn’t even reach the road leading to the festival. “The New York State Thruway is closed, man,” Arlo Guthrie announced. It remained open all the time, although the state police had to shut down the exits from Harriman and Newburgh to stop more people from going to the Woodstock Festival.
The Legendary Jimi Hendrix
Three whole days before Jimi Hendrix finally came on stage, festival-goers had to wait. His rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner has undoubtedly become so legendary that many associate it with the festival. A temporary crew was the band he performed at Woodstock with. Before the festival, the usual band broke up, so he needed to find people straight away. That was how Gypsy Suns and Rainbows ended up playing with him. Can you believe it was actually a time when they played together for a huge crowd?
Janis Joplin Stayed
Janis Joplin was at Woodstock as well. For her set, she received $7,500! Most people remember her appearance because of her “Piece of My Heart” performance. Aside from this, during the second day, she also belted out several other songs. The entire band was flown via helicopter into the venue. The other members remember how she told them to play any other gig like it was. She stuck around at Woodstock when the show ended to enjoy the rest of the festival with the festival-goers!
A Surprise John Sebastian Set
The Woodstock performance by John Sebastian was not actually scheduled, but it was still unforgettable. He went there to watch the festival but agreed when he was asked to perform as an acoustic guitar player by the organizers. Overall, on top of two others, he played three unreleased songs. What an icon!
Bigger Than They Thought
It was hard to find a fitting venue for the festival that could also fit all expected participants. At first, the plan was to hold it a favorite of many musicians in Woodstock’s summer art colony. Wallkill, New York, was the first venue, though. They voiced objections when the locals discovered how big it would be. Then they moved the event to Bethel’s farmland. In both activity and guests, the event exceeded expectations. Governor Rockefeller considered sending help to the National Guard for crowd control. Sullivan County has even declared an emergency!
No Place For Discrimination
At Woodstock, discrimination had no place. Anyone, regardless of their race, gender, and age, could come. The parents took their children with them. This little one looked particularly excited about being there! How adorable is that? Not only did children attend the festival, but there were actually some babies born there and then… Whoa.
Sri Swami Satchidananda’s Speech
The renowned spiritual master, Sri Swami Satchidananda, would help start the festival with an impressive speech. There were 400,000 people around to hear him talk about the energy and power of sound that the universe is governed by, he said. It was stronger than anything in the world, according to him.
The Place To Be
Some things that are representative of Woodstock are daisies, tie-dye clothes, and hippiedom, which many consider the major cultural event of the 1960s. It was simply the place to be. All the teenagers wanted to spend time, be free, and enjoy the amazing music with their friends and lovers. We have to admit that today the prospect sounds just as appealing as it did then!
Buses And Caravans Aplenty
Caravans and abandoned buses were scattered across the festival grounds. It served as the ideal escape from reality or the opportunity to enjoy a little privacy! Nowadays, caravans are a hit for those who want to relax and have fun because of the pandemic.
There were also makeshift shops selling arts and crafts, clothing, and drug paraphernalia. The aural and visual fest that Woodstock had to offer was only boosted. At music concerts and festivals, these are still common sights, of course. Several people left with tie-dye shirts on their backs during the festival itself! They had nothing to worry about when people came without a change of clothes.
Odd Sleeping Arrangements
It is only natural for the attendees to get tired now and then, with all the people, music, and psychedelic drugs at their disposal. If the car hoods are all taken, how about a motorcycle? The odd sleeping spots would be another iconic Woodstock experience!
Choose Your Own Adventure
Both “Gentle Path Highway” and “Groovy Way” sound appealing if you ask us. The latter makes us think of afros and bell bottom jeans, while the former brings to mind images of the green countryside. Isn’t it awesome to think that the “Groovy Way” was possible for attendees to explore? We’re jealous!
The Birth Of Jam Sessions
Many people see the festival as the birthplace of what we now know as the American drum circle. This applies to a group of people playing music together. As a “jam session,” you may know it better. They were all influenced by the music they played to create their own music and make instruments with whatever they had. Both friends and strangers jammed to them. Joining the fun together and making amazing music was easy!
Setting Up The Sound System
The person in charge of sound engineering at Woodstock was Bill Hanley. The event was very successful, according to him. He developed custom columns of speakers and placed arrays on the high towers. The arrangement was only intended to entertain 150,000 people. The crowd that came was, as we already know, much larger than they had originally anticipated. The sound system was nonetheless perfect.
A Truly Unique Experience
Whenever you hear what it was like to go to Woodstock, don’t you feel a tinge of jealousy? We are certain that all the attendees consider it a special moment in their lives what we’d give to see all the people wearing colorful clothes, bead necklaces, and celebrating love!
Fun In The Sun
As mentioned before, many parents have brought their little ones along with them. They had a blast, apart from the music, feeling the sun on their skin! Pale skin is beautiful, as we all know, but having tan skin was always a huge deal, even back in the day.
Families Celebrating Peace, Love, Music
This father is probably the coolest parent anybody has ever had! We bet you’ve never been brought to music festivals by your father or let you hop on psychedelic school buses. In the meantime, the family decided it was time to break from the activities and enjoy a picnic. Look at them resting on the sleeping bags on this grassy field and chugging 7up.
Latin Rock At Woodstock
Latin Rock was brought to the festival by Carlos Santana and his band. The audience members adored them. He said during a Rolling Stone interview, “So I said, ‘Hey, I think I’ll take some psychedelics, and by the time I’m coming down, it’ll be time to go on stage, and I’ll feel fine.’ But when I was peeking around two o’clock, somebody said, ‘If you don’t go right now, you’re not gonna go on.’”These are some of the festival’s most unforgettable moments. Everyone had an explosion to listen to the guitar of Carlos Santana and the bass of David Brown. What a delight!
Love Makes The World Go ‘Round
At Woodstock, sharing was another big thing, which made sense considering the values it upheld. Since there was not enough to go around, everyone shared their food. There were far too many people, leading to a shortage of food. The fact that people were celebrating love was a good thing! Many volunteered on the festival grounds to feed everyone.
More Amazing Performances
During the course of those three days, there were many musical acts. Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Who were among those who performed! Do you believe any other festival will live up to the Woodstock set of expectations? Well, we doubt it.
Lending A Hand To Those In Need
As we said during the three-day event, love was in the air. People did not hesitate when needed to help each other out. This sense of community, aside from the music, separates Woodstock from any music festival before and after it.
Atop The Roof Of The Vans
Aside from being the stylish way to get around the venue, psychedelic vans were perfect for events like this one. They were not only comfortable, but they also provided a great way to see what was going on stage. Of course, while they waited for the next musical act, people could choose to sleep inside the van. It sounds more attractive than a motorcycle or the hood of a car, we must say! There is also something incredibly appealing about this arrangement’s hippieness.
People are generally free to wear whatever they want to music festivals. Although most people at Woodstock chose the tie-dye look, some took the chance to stand out and send a message. Do you think that at the time, he was under the influence of drugs? Who knows what message this guy wants to say, even though we have to admit that his creativity and dedication impress us.
Hugs For All
A photographer snapped this photo as another morning was breaking out on the festival grounds. As they share a single blanket, it shows a couple locked in an embrace. They were far from being the only ones huddling during Woodstock for warmth! During the event, the sleeping arrangements were truly something else.
One For The History Books
More than 400,000 people gathered to celebrate three days of music, peace, and love on August 15, 1969. It is regarded as an iconic moment in the history of music and the event that best captures the generation of the 1960s counterculture.
Truly, it was an event that one will never forget. Of course, it was made all the more special by talented musicians like Janis Joplin, The Who, Santana, Jimmy Hendrix, and Joan Baez. Who wouldn’t love that!
While we would trade anything to listen to those performances, the moments of intimacy shared by the festival-goers might just be our favorite part of the festival! After all, this was also part of what they were celebrating.
Time For Chow
Even though most people look back at Woodstock and realize they need to improve their fashion sense, how inclusive and communal the concert was the biggest takeaway we’ve ever got. The 400,000 people in attendance had to eat, and so did they! ⠀
Come Rain or Shine
Woodstock would take place, regardless of the weather. If it started raining, then it rained! Even when the heavens opened, and the storm came, the event was rain or shine, so the people partied!
Why don’t you catch a nap in a friend’s car while waiting in line? It sounds like a wonderful idea for us! This was the next best thing for those that didn’t come with tents even though we must admit that it wouldn’t have been very comfortable!
During the 1960s, and especially among the Woodstock attendees, yoga was incredibly popular. Right in the middle of the event, those who knew some poses held makeshift yoga seminars… so cool!
Welcome To The Club
Woodstock is renowned for the peaceful atmosphere and friendliness of the people who have come here. At an important time in U.S. history, they got together and became one. Can you believe not one fight has occurred? Amazing!
Janis Joplin Of Course
Janis Joplin was definitely a talented lady. She was one of Woodstock’s headliners! She played until 2 AM on Saturday, the crowd’s hearts and souls in the palm of her hand the whole time. This was her biggest show since going solo.
I’m in the Band
Though there was an admission fee to enter, the organizers soon gave up when the masses and masses of people kept coming. Happy people flooded the campgrounds, and the organizers knew there was no point in limiting the number of attendees.
Writing the Next Big Hit
On Day 3 at Woodstock, Tim Hardin performed, though his performance is rarely talked about. He is a lesser-known folk artist who only had one big hit, “If I Were a Carpenter,” under his belt. Lucky for him, the fans were just as fond of it as they were on the radio!
The farmer who owned the land on which Woodstock took place, Max Yasgur, was moved to tears by the festival. He was famously quoted saying, “If we join them, we can turn those adversities that are the problems of America today into a hope for a brighter and more peaceful future.” By allowing it to happen in the first place, this man saved Woodstock!
Helping One Another
In essence, the ‘flower child’ movement was opposition to Vietnam’s war. Many people came to Woodstock to demonstrate solidarity and peace to oppose the terrible events that were happening. During the festival, people here help each other to do henna tattoos, a popular body art.
Extra Extra Read All About It
Because there was no Internet back then, people received their news mostly through newspapers and magazines. While at the festival, they wanted to keep up with the news, which was how they did it!
Styles always come back, as you already know. The same can be said of the style during the 1960s. On the streets today, the outfits and hairstyles this couple is sporting could definitely be seen.
Goth before Goth
During Woodstock, try and find someone dressed in all black… it’s pretty difficult! This picture is truly remarkable because this woman did the impossible and did what no other attendee did…wore all black!
Melanie Sings ‘Candles in the Rain’
Melanie Schekeryk performs “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” in this picture, and it was quite a hit! Can you believe that she continues to perform today and has been since 1967? This singer is unstoppable!
During Woodstock, fortune-tellers were apparently a big deal. We’re not sure we’d get advice from a hippie wearing a trippy dress like that, but then again, it’s Woodstock! Anything can happen! Don’t believe everything that they say, though.
Fresh From the Farm
We’re not sure who brought the cow, where it came from, or why it was milking it, but there’s one thing we do know for sure. When it comes to Woodstock, everything goes together, so this picture shouldn’t be too surprising!
We know 400,00 people (the number of people who attended Woodstock) are difficult to picture, so try to think about it like this. Some math whiz found out that if you line up blue jeans equal to the number of attendees, you will end up with a fabric of 10 million yards!
Jimi Hendrix Sings
In Woodstock, over 30 iconic artists performed, but no one was as impressive as the one and only Jimi Hendrix. He fully embraced his ability to please everybody in the crowd, the power of the moment, and the power of the 1960s, of course.
2017 or 1969?
Dude, this couple is too cool for us! We could easily see them at a festival like Coachella in 2019. Her Bohemian style dress and her cute jean shorts will never go out of style. Oh, and how could we forget her bleached beach waves and her amazing afro!
Rain Dance Man
When they started to pour down, the audience came together and performed a rain dance to stop the rain. As it kept coming, they were obviously not successful, but it’s the thought that counts!
Twist and Shout
Although the rain dance did not work, helping a friend dry his clothes always did! The only way to make things really nice and dry was the old technique… twist and shout! But we’re not talking about the coveted dance move.