Forty-five years ago today marks the first of a little three-day music and art fair that came to be known as Woodstock. Roughly 500,000 people descended upon a farm in upstate New York to experience “3 Days of Peace and Music.” And music, there was! Among the 32 performing acts were Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe and the Fish, Santana, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Jimi Hendrix.
TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION
How much did a 3-day pass for Woodstock cost?
Check out the trailer for the Oscar-winning 1970 documentary Woodstock.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Like wow, these people are really beautiful, the cops, the storekeepers, the army, everybody.
~Laura Glazer, an 18-year-old attendee, as reported in the New York Times August 18, 1969
DID YOU KNOW…
Despite the traffic jams, food shortage, insufficient and filthy bathroom facilities, rain, and lots and lots of mud, there wasn't one reported incident of violence. Those hippies were a peaceful bunch. Dirty, but peaceful.
b) $18 in advance. The charge would have been $24 at the gate, but the huge crowd made it impossible to collect admission and it became a free concert.