A half-century ago, the most celebrated festival in American history was held in upstate New York. First, apart from Michael Lang, none of the organizers had experience with large festivals or promotion. When they first approached musicians, they were either rebuffed or flat out rejected. Only when they secured Creedence Clearwater Revival in April were they able to then get further commitments from other musical acts to perform. Second, it was proving nearly impossible to find a suitable location for the festival that also would be willing to have it. Residents in Wallkill, New York rejected the festival, as did a landowner in nearby Saugerties, leaving the organizers scrambling mere months before the festival was set to take place. Fortunately, Max Yasgur, a dairy farmer in Bethel, heard of the festival's troubles and offered a field on his land to the organizers.
Woodstock, the most hippie event to have ever happened, ran from August 15 to 18, Instead of the expected 50,, about a half a million attendees turned up. Roads were clogged for miles made worse by rains and mud , food, water and sanitation shortages were rampant, and the Air Force had to help with helicopter airlifts. Image source: theredlist. Image source: epicrights.
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Step aside, Coachella. The event was billed as "three days of peace and music" and featured 32 of the most iconic artists in American music history. More than just a festival, Woodstock captured perfectly the free spirit of the s and became a cultural landmark that represents an entire generation of American youth.