Woodstock, The Ultimate Concert 

It is 1969, America is still involved in the “Vietnam Conflict”, hippies can be seen from coast to coast, drugs are abundant, and sex is free. Then comes the idea for having one of the largest rock concerts ever known in America from people that were only in the background of what turned into more than they could imagine. Their slogan, "3 Days of Peace and Music", ads that ran in newspapers, both classic and underground, and radio stations in all the major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Texas and Washington, D.C introducing the concert as a “temporary commune” or “a weekend in the country” brought in more people than any other event throughout history.

With the concert ticket for the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, you also bought a campsite for the 3-day extravaganza. The location was Bethel, New York and the dates were August 15th, 16th, and 17th, 1969.

The little town of Bethel, New York and its inhabitants tried in vain with petitions to stop this concert and what they expected would happen from the “type” of people that would come to this event. However, no one had the power to stop this historical and exciting event to occur.

Two days before August 15th, 1969, people began to storm the area, setting up their campsites, and preparing for the concert of a lifetime. Among the guest were people from every culture and society, all joining together for a party that would never be forgotten. The party, with a guest list of 500,000 included Vietnam Vets, Anti-War Protesters, Legalize Drugs advocates, Ban Drugs advocates, Anti-Gays, Gays and Lesbians, Black Militants, rednecks, anti-government advocates, pro-government advocates, and of course the ones that were there for the music. All of these people joined together in a commune setting for the 3 days of peace and music without many problems. By police records, there were 2 deaths, 2 births, and a few drug busts. There were no reports of any type of violent crimes or burglary. Therefore, this temporary commune lived together with all their differences for 3 days without much trouble and learned in the process how to share, help, and respect one another.

The major draw of the concert was of course the music and entertainment. The performers for this historical concert included Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Tim Hardin, Incredible String Band, Ravi Shankar, Richie Havens, Sly and the Family Stone, Bert Sommer, Sweetwater, Quill, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Grateful Dead, Keef Hartley Band , Blood, Sweat and Tears, Crosby, Stills & Nash (&Young), Santana, The Band, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Mountain, Melanie, Sha-Na-Na, John Sebastian, Country Joe and the Fish and Paul Butterfield Blues Band.



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