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Max Yasgur’s dairy farm, Bethel, New York, Friday, August 15, 1969. Day 1

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From Wikipedia:

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The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was a historic event held at Max Yasgur’s 600 acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel (Sullivan County) is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, which is in adjoining Ulster County.

To many, the festival exemplified the counterculture of the 1960s and the “hippie era.” Thirty-two of the best-known musicians of the day appeared during the sometimes rainy weekend. Although attempts have been made over the years to recreate the festival, the original event has proven to be unique and legendary. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in music history and was listed on Rolling Stone’s 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.

The event was captured in a successful 1970 movie, Woodstock, and Joni Mitchell’s song “Woodstock”, which memorialized the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Max Yasgur’s dairy farm, Bethel, New York, Friday, August 15, 1969. Day 1

  • Richie Havens
  • Swami Satchidananda – gave the invocation for the festival
  • Sweetwater
  • The Incredible String Band
  • Bert Sommer
  • Tim Hardin
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Melanie
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Joan Baez

Richie Havens Freedom Woodstock 1969

For more videos from that first evening at “Woodstock”, including Joan Baez’s stirring, “We Shall Overcome”, and some truly dire music from Sweetwater, click on link below.

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