Woodstock Festival, 1969.
On Friday, August 15 around 7 am, traffic (2nd photo) was at a halt as hundreds of music fans tried to make it to the Woodstock festival. 400,000 people went to the Castkill Mountains of Bethel, New York for a groovy weekend.
Although everyone arrived to have a good time, they did experience some unfortunate events, including shortages of food, water and medical/sanitary facilities. 3 accidental deaths occurred as well as 80 arrests—the majority being drug charges. Despite these issues, no incidents of violence were reported.
Known as “An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music,” the festival ran for 3 days, featuring 33 musical acts, including Janis Joplin who was paid $7,500.
Richie Havens • Sweetwater • Bert Sommer • Tim Hardin • Ravi shankar • Melanie • Arlo Guthrie • Joan Baez.
Quill • Country Joe McDonald • John B. Sebastian • Keef Hartley Band • Santana • Incredible String Band • Canned Heat • Grateful Dead • Leslie West & Mountain • Creedence Clearwater Revival • Janis Joplin • Sly & The Family Stone • The Who • Jefferson Airplane.
Joe Cocker • Country Joe & The Fish • Ten Years After • The Band.
After midnight (Monday morning):
Johnny Winter • Blood Sweat And Tears • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young • Paul Butterfield Blues Band • Sha Na Na • Jimi Hendrix.