Woodstock, presumably named after the Peanuts cartoon character, became known as most popular music festival in US history, after the three day concert involving; sex, drugs and Rock & Roll took over the town of Bethel, New York. “It is acknowledged as the defining moment of the rock-driven counterculture of the late 1960’s, when half a million fans descended on a small farm in upstate New York for what was promised to be “3 days of peace & music.” (Evans 8) What started as a simple investment proposal to help four young men open a recording studio and retreat for New York musicians, ended with over a half of million people crammed into a 600-acre dairy farm, riddled with muddy, half (fully) ...view middle of the document...
Even with the new location, the delay definitely hindered completion of certain things, like ticket booths and gates. The concert became known worldwide, and soon grew larger than they originally anticipated. New estimate of ticket sales grew to over 200,000 people. The organizers scrambled to try and find more toilets, more food, and more water.
Two days before the concert was to begin, and before they had perimeter gates up, concert goers were already camping out near the stage. Over 50,000 people had already showed up and it was nearly impossible to get them out of there to reenter the gates to pay. Time would not allow them to put up the gates to prevent others from getting in, so they had to declare it a free event. Once the news got out approximately one million people headed Bethel. Because no one had planned for those numbers, police had to begin turning people away. About 500,000 actually made it into the Woodstock Festival.
When asked to explain the site that Woodstock was, photographer Rowland Scherman was quoted in a book all about Woodstock saying:
“I really just went to hear the music, not to shoot naked people. And when I was there, I didn’t really feel like pointing my camera, you know, like- ‘I’m from Playboy, show us your tits’- it wasn’t that kind of scene, at least it wasn’t for me.” (Evans 188)
After the three day drugged music fest ended, most went on back to their daily lives.
“On Monday, August 18th, they all melted back into America after witnessing legendary performances by, among others, the Who, Santana, Janis Joplin, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Sly and the Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix and, in only their second live show together, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.” (Rolling Stone)
Some of these artists’ most popular live recordings came...