The 40th anniversary of Woodstock has sparked a renewed interest in hippie culture, tie dye, rock and roll, and flower power.
The Woodstock Festival was a music festival, billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, held at Max Yasgur’s 600 acre dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969.
During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 400,000 concert-goers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most pivotal moments in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone’s 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.
One happy memory of Woodstock include a girl wearing flowers in her hair, peace sign earrings, a shirt with a peace sign and sunglasses with heart-shaped lenses. There are countless memories of Woodstock to draw from:
“We were ready to rock out and we waited and waited and finally it was our turn… …there were a half million people asleep. These people were out. It was sort of like a painting of a Dante scene, just bodies… all intertwined and asleep, covered with mud.
And this is the moment I will never forget as long as I live: a quarter mile away in the darkness, on the other edge of this bowl, there was some guy flicking his Bic, and in the night I hear, “Don’t worry about it John. We’re with you.” I played the rest of the show for that guy.”
— John Fogerty regarding Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 3 a.m. start time at Woodstock.
Don’t forget to check out the new movie, Taking Woodstock.
Here’s to flower power!