Woodstock Golden Anniversary

On August 15-18, 1969, over 450,000 people from across the country came together on Max Yasgur’s farm to participate in one of the pivotal events of the 1960s. They left as a community inspired to change the world through peace and love.

While I was only 11 at time, the music from the 60s was a large part of growing up. As I stood on the area where the stage was, I was deeply moved by a sense of peace and awe. I could imagine the throngs of people enjoying the music and the sense of community. I could hear my favorites playing in my head: Santana, Grateful Dead, Arlo Guthrie, Credence Clearwater, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Blood Sweat and Tears, Joe Cocker, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, The Who. I was surprised to see that Sha Na Na was there.

While a part of me wished I could have been there myself, since I’m not very confortable in crowds, I was glad for the solitude of the cold and windy day to contemplate what it must have been like 50 years ago.

Main Stage
View of the hill
Cairns left on the stage by pilgrims like me
Jimi Hendrix
Joe Cocker
Set Lists

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