What is Woodstock? It is one of the most famous festivals in history due to the four young men John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artic Kohn, and Mike Lang. It was three days of peace and music. It took lots of planning most things didn’t even go right, for instance the location. They had planed to hold the event in Wallkill, New York but the town did not want to hold the festival there because all the violence due to Vietnam weeks before. They all freaked out trying to hurry and find a new location. Lucky a man by the name of Max Yasgur told the men that they could use his six hundred acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. (McLeese)
Friday August 15, 1969. The first day of the festival, it was a little crazy the roads where jammed. People were leaving there cars to run to the festival which caused a huge problem. Only a few of the musicians made it before the traffic jam others had to be brought in by helicopter. Who were some of these people you may ask. Well we have Richie Haven, Ravi Shankar, Tim Hardin, Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Melanie Safka, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez. (“Woodstock”)
The first person to play was supposed to be Sweetwater but they were stuck in traffic so Richie Havens had to open up the festival. Richie did not want to open the show and kept making up excuses but Michael Lang was not giving up he knew he could do it. At 5:07 pm he sucked it up and went out there and sang his spiritual heartwarming music. He was only suppose to do forty five minutes worth of songs but the crowd wanted more so he went back on stage and sang every song he knew. His last song was called “Freedom” everybody loved it so much that other bands had to do fantastic to compare. (Hilstrom)
The first day was rough but good. The biggest disappointment on day one was that Tim Harden didn’t perform very well. He had been struggling to get off heroin and proceeded to do so. The problem with that was he was detoxing and then smoked some marijuana and didn’t perform as well as everyone hoped. Other than that everybody was mellowed out and having a great time it was becoming a success. (Hilstrom)
Saturday August 16, 1969 day two of the Woodstock festival. Everybody was mellowed out from day one. It was time to get this party started it was time to bring it...