Woodstock – Challenge #178

The Woodstock Music Festival began on August 15, 1969, and lasted till August 18, with 400,000 hippies camped out on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for the epic three-day music festival. The audience bonded, quite possibly because of the large amounts of marijuana and psychedelics that were consumed at the festival. It was billed as “An Aquarian Experience: 3 Days of Peace and Music”, the event would later be known simply as Woodstock, or the Woodstock Music and Art Fair and the concert became synonymous with the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Woodstock was a success, even though few tickets were sold, many people got in for free due to virtually nonexistent security, rain then turned the festival site into a sea of mud, but a massive crowd came to see the who’s who of current rock acts, including Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, the Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shankar, and Country Joe and the Fish. Woodstock was the most famous of the 1960s rock festivals, but it did not run smoothly because of last-minute venue changes, bad weather and the hordes of attendees which caused major headaches. Still, somehow despite, or maybe because of a lot of sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and rain, Woodstock was a peaceful celebration and earned its hallowed place in pop culture history.

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‘Woodstock’ was written by Joni Mitchell who was scheduled to appear at the festival, however she didn’t attend the concert due to scheduling conflicts. Her boyfriend at the time was Graham Nash and he performed there and reached the upstate New York festival arriving at Woodstock with Nash and Stills by helicopter. Neil Young had a difficult time trying to get there to play, as he was on a charter plane that flew into the wrong airport. He was withJimi Hendrixand attorney Melvin Belli and they were supposed to be picked by a helicopter, but the roads were jammed and there was nobody at the airport. Neil hot-wired a stolen pickup truck to get to the Woodstock concert. Label head David Geffenpicked up the New York Times at the airport, which read “400,000 People Sitting In Mud”, so he said to Joni, “Let’s not go!” Mitchell watched, listened, and…

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  1. Great song…and like I said in the other one….I prefer the CSN&Y version but it’s such a good song that it works loud or quiet…I just love the loud.

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