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The Woodstock Music & Art Fair or just Woodstock was a rock festival that took place at the Max Yasgur’s Farm in White Lakes near Bethel in the State of New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. It is believed that Woodstock is the most famous rock festival ever held. It attracted an audience of over half a million people. Rolling Stone magazine, listed it as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll. For many, it is the best example of the 1960's contra-culture and Hippie era. Many of the most famous musicians of that time performed during this rainy weekend whose performances were captured on the Academy Award-winning 1970 film. The song of Johnny Mitchell, "Woodstock", which is immortalized by this event, later became a big hit of the group Krozbi, Stils, Nesh and Yang.
Performers Thirty-two acts performed over the course of the four days. Some of the artists who performed at Woodstock were Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Joan Baez and many more. There are some artists that declined an invitation or weren’t able to perform, who would make Woodstock even more legendary: Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin…
Woodstock was created by the efforts of Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman and Arty Kornfeld. The investors were Roberts and Rosenman, who in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal gave an ad to invest an unlimited amount of money in a project. Lang and Kornfeld noticed an ad and four people met.
Organized as "Woodstock Adventure", as a capital investment, it becomes an attraction that attracts hundreds of thousands of people more than what the organizers were expecting. About 186,000 tickets are sold while organizers expected about 200,000 of visitors. The tickets cost $ 18 (around $ 75 today incurred with current inflammation) and $ 24 a day for the festival for all three days.
"Woodstock Adventures" offer Warner bros. the right to film a movie about Woodstock for $ 100,000.
The festival took place during the military problems of America with Vietnam and the situation of racism. So the festival gives birth to a new mini-nation that fights for its rights. Minds are "open", excessive use of drugs, and "love" is shared "free". The festival carries with it two tragic consequences, one caused by overdosing heroin, the other when the tractor accidentally passed over the sleeping bag. Two babies were born during the festival.
Woodstock today In 1984, a bust was placed at the original site commemorating the festival. The field and the stage area remain preserved in their rural setting and the fields of the Yasgur’s farm are still visited by people of all generations. The Museum at Bethel Woods opened on June 2, 2008. The Museum contains film and interactive displays, text panels, and artifacts that explore the unique experience of the Woodstock festival, its significance as the culminating event of a decade of radical cultural transformation, and the legacy of the Sixties and Woodstock today.