Woodstock Music Festival

Also today this is "the Rock Festival". It just can't be unmentioned.

Woodstock Music Festival

Woodstock was a rock festival held in the US in August 1969. It was originally to be held in Woodstock, New York, but was moved to a dairy farm in the town of Bethel, New York. The name Woodstock was however retained. It was expected a crowd of 200,000 people, but it came 500 000 people who gathered under the motto "Three Days of Peace, Music and Love".
The festival was typical of the counterculture and the hippie era in the late 1960s and 70s and is considered one of the biggest events in pop music history.
(Photo: John Sebastian performs at the Woodstock festival in August 1969. Henry Diltz/Corbis).

The huge crowds created chaos. Traffic on roads leading north from New York City almost stood still for two days. Organizers were not prepared for the large influx. There was a lack of resources, such as temporary toilets and first aid tents and problems were compounded by heavy rain and thunderstorms.
The festival was proceeding peacefully with only two recorded deaths: One from a presumed heroin overdose, another when a person in a sleeping bag was accidentally run over by a tractor, and in addition, there were two births.

Woodstock had many of the era's biggest rock stars on the program. Among these:
Richie Havens, Country Joe & the Fish, John Sebastian, The Incredible String Band, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, The Grease Band, Santana, Canned Heat, Mountain, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Sly & the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Mountain, Joe Cocker, Ten Years After, The Band, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Johnny Winter, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sha-Na-Na, Jimi Hendrix & "Gypsy Sun and Rainbows".

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