Woodstock Festival and Concert

Woodstock was a huge concert that took place in the summer of 1969 in Bethel, N.Y. This concert was the pinnacle of unification and what rock ‘n’ roll meant to so many people. An unexpected 500,000 young people went to the concert when organizers were only expecting about 200,000 with only 186,000 pre-concert tickets sold. With the unexpected amount of people driving toward the rural town, the New York State Thruway was jammed and traffic couldn’t move. The concert was originally made a profit-making venture although it's famously known as a free concert. THe concert was only free after thousands of unexpected people showed up and organizers realized the concert was too large to control payment.

The concert was for three days. It included 32 of the best acts of 1969. To black and white artists alike, Woodstock is known as a victory of peace and love among a country that was in shambles due to war and prejudice. Acts like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin took the stage and entranced almost half a million people who didn't have enough food or sanitation options to sustain the three day venture. People camped out through hours of rain and at no time did the audience get violent. It was a different experience and some have tried to recreate it but never has it been the same as August 1969. Rock 'n' roll proved to be a genre of different sounds that was able to unify thousands of people.

The youtube video gives a glimpse of the concert and what it would have been like to be there.