Some individuals are convinced that they belong to another era. Some love the ’60s, for instance, so much that they are convinced they should have been alive during that time. They are in love with the incredible fashion sense and fantastic music from that period. Back in 1969, scoring a Woodstock ticket would have been incredible. The Woodstock era has been over 50 years since it ended, but its legacy lives on. The festival was a cultural landmark that captured the sense of freedom that the youth embodied and free-spirited nature. Nearly 400,000 people gathered on August 15, 1969, and celebrated love, liberty, peace, music, and community for three days. Here are some incredible Woodstock images.
People who attended the festival were likely to see other participants resting in strange positions and places. Since Woodstock was an outdoor festival, for its duration, attendants had to camp out. This guy looks like he’s found the perfect place between these two cars to take a nap. It does not seem that it is the safest place to doze off, but it does not seem to mind the cowboy! Perhaps he didn’t think the cars were going anywhere, so there was nothing more to do than just take it easy and relax.
The Challenge Of Getting There
Attendees had to get to the event, of course. The roads seemed like parking lots since tens of thousands decided to join the festival and flocked to Bethel’s town in New York! Most people decided to just go on foot, and eventually, the roads were closed down. Some people could not even reach the road that led to the festival. “The New York State Thruway is closed, man,” Arlo Guthrie announced on stage. It was open all the time, but to prevent more people from getting to the Woodstock Festival, the state police shut down the Newburgh and Harriman exits.
The Legendary Jimi Hendrix
Only on the third day did Jimi Hendrix come on stage. His legendary version of the Star-Spangled Banner, which many associates with the festival, was treated to festivalgoers. He performed with a temporary crew at Woodstock because the usual band had broken up before the festival. He had to find people, so Hendrix ended up playing Gypsy Suns and Rainbows with the band. It is truly unbelievable that it was the first time they had played together, and it was for such a huge crowd!
Janis Joplin Stayed
Janis Joplin was another legend who was at Woodstock. For her set, she got $7,500! What most people remember is her performance of her hit song “Piece of My Heart.” Aside from this, on the second day, she belted other songs out. The whole band was flown in via helicopter. She told them to act just like it was a regular gig, according to the other members. She stayed to enjoy the festival after the show ended, just like the other festivalgoers!
A Surprise John Sebastian Set
A four-member rock band, popular in the ’60s and now a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, The Lovin’ Spoonful. John Sebastian, the band’s founder, was not scheduled to perform at Woodstock. There he went to be a spectator. However, when the festival’s organizers asked him to perform, he agreed. He performed and played three unreleased songs as well as two others as an acoustic guitar player.
Bigger Than They Thought
It was not easy to develop a venue suitable for the festival and suit all the expected attendees. The initial plan was to have it in Woodstock, the colony of summer arts that was a favorite among many musicians, but Wallkill, New York, was the festival’s first location. The locals expressed objections to it after finding out how big the event was going to be. In Bethel, the organizers moved the festival to farmland. They were not entirely ready for the 400,000 concertgoers who came, despite the schedule. The organizers were expecting only 50,000 individuals! Governor Rockefeller considered sending the National Guard to assist with crowd control. The county of Sullivan ended up declaring a state of emergency!
No Place For Discrimination
At Woodstock, there was no place for discrimination. No matter their race, age, and gender, anyone can attend. Some parents have even brought with them their children. Just look at the little one here. She looks excited about being there! It’s just adorable. There were also babies attending the festival besides the children… well, technically it was their mothers who came to the event. Sadly, at Woodstock, some women suffered miscarriages.
Sri Swami Satchidananda’s Speech
To kickstart the festival, renowned spiritual master Sri Swami Satchidananda delivered an impressive speech. There were about 400,000 people there to hear him discuss energy and the power of sound. Those things, he said, govern the universe and are stronger than anything else in the world. Satchidananda was seated on a bedspread at the music festival and was surrounded by microphones. Throughout the years, an image of the spiritual master talking in front of the crowd has persisted.
The Place To Be
Tie-dye clothes, daisies, and hippiedom are a few things representative of Woodstock, which many as a major cultural event of the 1960s. It was the place to be. The adolescents who went there wanted to be free, spend time with their friends and lovers, and enjoy great music. With what is happening now in the world, the prospect probably also sounds attractive to many people.
Buses And Caravans Aplenty
Many caravans and abandoned buses were all over the festival grounds. They served as a way of escaping reality. They have provided the opportunity for some people to have a little privacy! At Woodstock, many pictures show individuals casually lounging inside and on top of cars. Some went on the roofs of buses as well. Every spot seemed to be precious, and people didn’t mind hanging out on top of vehicles.
There were also plenty of makeshift stores. Clothes, crafts, and even drug paraphernalia were sold. This only boosted Woodstock’s visual and aural fest that it had to offer. Of course, these are still common at music festivals and concerts now. There was nothing to worry about for people who did not have a change of clothes. Many individuals wore tie-dye shirts during the festival, and most of them probably took those shirts home.
Odd Sleeping Arrangements
Aside from the music, there were a lot of things going on at Woodstock. There were so many individuals, and there were even psychedelic drugs. It’s only natural that the participants were tired. They took all the car hoods off. Where’s the next best place to take a nap? This guy thinks a great spot is on top of a motorcycle. The strange sleeping spots would be another iconic experience at Woodstock!
Choose Your Own Adventure
For us, both “Groovy Way” and “Gentle Path High Way” sound appealing. The former brings to mind pictures of afros and bell-bottom jeans, while the latter reminds us of the green countryside. We think it is amazing that attendees could explore the “Groovy Way,” but we know there are people who would prefer exploring the “Gentle Path High Way.” People could do both at Woodstock. They didn’t need to just stay on one path.
The Birth Of Jam Sessions
The festival is considered the birthplace of the American drum circle, which means a group of individuals come together and play music together. You may know this as a “jam session,” where the music that is played influences everyone to use whatever they have as instruments to make their own music. The attendees mingled with friends and strangers alike. Together, making great music and being part of the fun was easy!
Setting Up The Sound System
The sound engineer at Woodstock was Bill Hanley. He said the event had been successful. He made columns of custom speakers and placed arrays on high towers as well. It was arranged to entertain 150,000 people that way. The crowd was, as we know, much larger than everyone originally expected. The sound system, all the same, was still perfect.
A Truly Unique Experience
When they hear what the experience was like at Woodstock, many people feel a tinge of envy. It is probably considered one of the special moments in their lives by many of the attendees. Several thousand people wearing bead necklaces, sporting colorful clothes, and celebrating love are not often seen! Besides that, attendees were treated by music legends to performances. That alone is a sufficient reason to feel envy.
Fun In The Sun
Many parents have brought their children along, as mentioned before. They enjoyed spending some time under the sun and feeling the warmth on their skin, in addition to the music! It was a completely outdoor event, so getting some sun was pretty much a given. They got some rain, even. We wonder how he felt when the little ones felt the raindrops on their skin. When they were kids, many people enjoyed getting wet in the rain.
Families Celebrating Peace, Love, Music
What a cool dad! Your dad may never have brought you to a music festival or permitted you to get on a psychedelic school bus. This family decided to have a break and picnic from all the activities. Look at them on the sleeping bags, enjoying some snacks, and on the grassy field having some 7-ups. The kids sport some tie-dye tops, too. At the event, they probably made some new friends.
Latin Rock At Woodstock
Carlos Santana brought Latin Rock to Woodstock together with his band. The crowd adored them. “So I said, ‘Hey, I think I’ll take some psychedelics, and by the time I’m coming down, it’ll be time to go on stage, and I’ll feel fine.’ But when I was peaking around two o’clock, somebody said, ‘If you don’t go right now, you’re not gonna go on,’” he said in an interview with Rolling Stone. Some of the festival’s most memorable moments were courtesy of Carlos Santana. Everyone enjoyed listening to the legend of music playing guitar and the bass played by David Brown.
Love Makes The World Go ‘Round
Sharing, which made sense if you think about the values Woodstock upheld, was another big thing at the festival. Since there was not enough for everybody, people shared their food. Too many people were there, and this led to a shortage of food. Fortunately, love was being celebrated by people! A lot of people volunteered on the festival grounds to feed the attendees. As humans had to be fed, gender, race, and age did not matter.
More Amazing Performances
The festival lasted for three days, and there were lots of musical performances. Among the performers were The Who and Creedence Clearwater Revival! The latter was the first big-name act to sign on by the organizers. This gave the festival credibility it needed to get other well-known to sign on as well. Do you believe that other festivals will match the legacy created by Woodstock? Only time can tell.
Lending A Hand To Those In Need
The fact that love was celebrated during the three-day festival has already been mentioned. When it came to helping each other out if needed, people did not think twice. This sense of community is what differentiates Woodstock from other music festivals that came before and after it, in addition to the music. Here you can see a bunch of guys having something to laugh about. Even though we don’t know what they’re talking about, we can see that they’ve had fun.
Atop The Roof Of The Vans
Not only were psychedelic vans a stylish mode of transport, but they were also perfect for an event like Woodstock as well. They also offered an incredible way to watch the performances on stage, aside from being comfortable. As they waited for upcoming performances, people could also sleep inside the van. This certainly sounds more attractive than sleeping on a motorbike or napping on a car’s hood! This arrangement also sounds very hippy.
Generally, at music festivals, people can wear whatever they want. Many people at Woodstock chose to wear tie-dye shirts, but some took the opportunity to stand out and maybe send a message. When he chose this ensemble, what do you think was running through this guy’s mind? Perhaps he wants to say something through his clothes, but some people have lost the message. For his creativity and dedication, we give him props, though.
Hugs For All
On the ground, another morning breaks out, and a photographer snaps this photo of a couple sharing a single blanket in an embrace. They were not the only ones huddling at Woodstock for warmth! The sleeping arrangements at the event were, as you can see here, something else. There was, aside from that, sporadic rain. Even though the event was in the summer, at night, one has to consider the rain.
One For The History Books
August 15, 1969, the day over 400,000 people gathered to celebrate music, peace, and love, has gone down in history. The festival became a major cultural event, and news coverage amplified this. Even a popular documentary film about it was there. Today, the site of the festival in New York is the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. It is a museum that celebrates the ’60s and Woodstock.
Woodstock featured performances by talented musicians, including Janis Joplin, Jimmy Hendrix, The Who, Santana, Joan Baez, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful Dead, Sly, and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, The Band, Stills, and Nash & Young. A truly unforgettable event. During three days, a total of 32 acts performed on stage. There was a significant amount of talent that went to Woodstock on stage, and the music somehow represents the era there.
It’s not just the music that festivalgoers shared at Woodstock. They also had intimate moments. We wonder if this couple knew that somebody was taking a picture of them and if they thought that somebody was snapping an intimate moment between them. However, we are sure that they are not the only ones at the festival who share intimate moments. While sharing a blanket, you might remember the couple cuddling.
Time For Chow
Many individuals look at Woodstock and understand that they need to step up their fashion game. The biggest takeaway we got, however, was the inclusivity and communality of the concert. The 400,000 people who attended the festival had to eat, so they did (with a lot of help)! Just look at the ladies who were busy doing what they were doing. We bet the participants were glad these women were there to help make sure they were fed.
Come Rain or Shine
Woodstock was happening no matter the weather. If it were raining, then it would rain! Rain or shine was the festival. Even when rain poured from the heavens, people left, and the storm came! It was a serious party there. Look at the smiling faces of these individuals. All the rain that had poured on them did not seem to affect them. And it seemed to be pouring…
It is often boring to wait in line as it can get tiring. Why not catch your pal’s car with a few winks while you wait? Sleeping on the hood of a car was the next best thing for individuals who did not come with tents. It might not have been very comfortable, we must admit, but perhaps it was better than sleeping on the ground. At least, with rainwater, you’d just get wet and not get dirty with muddy water.
Yoga was a big thing during the 1960s! Among Woodstock attendees, it was particularly popular. People who knew some poses held makeshift yoga seminars at the event. You can see here that even though some might be newbies, people were trying to do the poses. If you thought Woodstock was all about music, then it was not. Yoga even had a place in it. At Woodstock, a lot was going on.
Welcome To The Club
The festival is known for the friendliness and peaceful atmosphere of the festival attendees. At an important time in the history of the United States of America, individuals came together and were united. Can you believe that there was no fighting over the course of the festival? Fantastic! We’ve heard that crowds at music festivals are getting rowdy. However, even though nearly half a million people went to Woodstock, no fighting took place.
Janis Joplin Of Course
Janis Joplin, a legend who needs no introduction, was surely talented. She was among Woodstock’s headliners! She started playing on Saturday at 2 a.m., but she had the hearts and souls of people in her hand all the time. Woodstock was her biggest show since she went solo. If you did not know, she was once part of the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and according to Rolling Stone, their album Cheap Thrills is included in the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”
I’m in the Band
Initially, festivalgoers had to pay an admission fee, but the organizers soon decided not to receive payment when the masses kept coming. Happy people flooded the festival grounds, and the organizers realized it was impossible to limit the number of attendees. Fifty thousand people were expected to come, but nearly half a million came to Woodstock in the end. There were even reports that more people wanted to participate but were unable to get to the venue.
Writing the Next Big Hit
Day 3 at Woodstock was just as amazing as the days before. Tim Hardin was one of the performers on that day, though his performance isn’t often discussed. Hardin is a folk artist with one major hit, “If I Were a Carpenter” When he performed his song on stage, the fans loved it. When they heard it on the radio, they loved it as much as they did!
The land on which the festival took place was owned by a farmer named Max Yasgur. Woodstock moved him to tears. He was famously quoted as saying, “If we join them, we can turn those adversities that are the problems of America today into a hope for a brighter and more peaceful future.” Woodstock almost did not happen because there was no venue for the organizers, but this guy saved the festival!
Helping One Another
The Vietnam War was ongoing when the festival happened. The ‘flower child’ movement began to resist the war. To show peacefulness and solidarity, many individuals joined Woodstock. They were opposing the awful events which were happening. Henna tattoos, a popular body art at Woodstock, are done by the people in this photo. Originally, a flower child was synonymous with a hippie. “Flower kids” wore and gave flowers or items with floral themes. Those objects symbolize, according to them, peace, love, and universal belonging.
Extra Extra Read All About It
There was no Internet then, so everyone got their news from newspapers and magazines. People still wanted to know what was going on with the rest of the world even while they were at the festival, and this was the way they did it! A lot of paper was used, as you can see. A major task was to clean up after the event, and bulldozers’ help was required for the job.
We all know that styles are always returning. If you didn’t realize that this picture was taken in the ’60s, you’d think it was taken right now. The outfits and hairstyles of this couple are something you can see today on the streets. You can take inspiration from this pair’s ensemble if you want to dress like people in the ’60s. Just by looking at this, during that time, colorful outfits are one thing.
Goth before Goth
Finding a person at Woodstock dressed in all black is not easy, so this picture is remarkable. This woman had done something that few others had done… she was wearing all black! However, the festival was all about inclusiveness, so she probably didn’t get any strange looks from other festival-goers. We must admit that we love the confidence shown by this lady. An all-black ensemble is not easy to pull off, but she did it quite well!
Melanie Sings ‘Candles in the Rain’
This is Melanie Schekeryk, just in case you didn’t know. The song “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” is performed by her, and it had been a hit! It may be hard to believe, but she is still performing to this day. In 1967, she began performing. You will be given dates of events where she is set to appear in a quick Google search for her name. This singer-songwriter from America is truly unstoppable!
Apparently, at Woodstock, fortune tellers were a big deal. We’re not sure what advice this lady gets from this fortune teller hippie, but what we do know is she looks amused. She might have heard what she wanted to hear, perhaps. She might also have heard something so ludicrous that it made her smile. We hope she got her money’s worth, whatever it was, or if she didn’t have to pay anything, we hope she felt like this was a waste of time.
Fresh From the Farm
We don’t know who brought that cow or where it came from. We don’t know why they’re milking him, either. What we do know, however, is that Woodstock is where everything goes. This image should come as a surprise and not too much! Hopefully, during this activity or at the festival, no animals were harmed. We would like to think this was the case since Woodstock is all about peace.
Picturing 400,000 people (the total number of Woodstock attendees) is not easy, so that we will help you out. Some math genius figured that lining up blue jeans would mean 10 million yards of cloth, equal to the total number of people who went to Woodstock! If you don’t think the number of attendees is impressive when you imagine this in your head, we don’t know what will happen.
Jimi Hendrix Sings
Over 30 artists performed at Woodstock, and one of them was the legendary Jimi Hendrix. He fully embraced the fact that the crowd could please him, that the moment was powerful, and that it was the ’60s, of course. When he performed, only around 25,000 people were left, but we bet that the rest of the attendees who went home before his performance regretted doing so.
2017 or 1969?
This couple is too cool! In 2019, it was not difficult to imagine them attending a festival like Coachella. This guy’s cut off jean shorts and the Bohemian-style dress of this lady will probably always be in style. His fabulous afro and its bleached beach waves also seem to be fashionable in any era. We wish that we could be as cool as them. Looking effortlessly cool is not easy.
Rain Dance Man
The crowd came together when it started pouring and did a rain dance to stop the rain. Since it kept coming, they were not successful. However, it is the thought that counts! Anyway, the rain doesn’t seem to have dampened the mood of the concertgoers. There was still a lot of excitement in the air, and the time of their lives seemed like they still had.
Twist and Shout
The rain dance may not have worked, but helping a pal dry his clothes always does! This old trick was the only way to get things nice and dry… the twist and the scream. No, we’re not referring to a coveted dance move. To get rid of excess water, we are talking about the traditional wringing piece of clothing. They seem to have fun doing this, so they don’t mind doing it, perhaps.