Woodstock Festival 1969 United States

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The facts. What was commonly referred to as 'Woodstock' was actually called An Aquarian Exposition in White Lake, N.Y .: 3 Days of Peace and Music.
It is true that it took place on August 15, 16 and 17, 1969, and on August 18, because the music continued until that Monday morning, which actually turned the three-day festival into a four-day festival.
It is true that it all happened in White Lake, a hamlet of the small town of Bethel.
It is therefore not true that the festival took place in Woodstock, also because that place is located at 70 kilometers from Bethel.
The number of visitors in reality was considerably lower than 500,000. The authorities and organizers talked in more optimistic estimates about more than 400,000 attendees, although they often added that they actually did not know it at all.
That 400,000 was the total number of visitors over all festival days, and it is not inconceivable that a few tens of thousands were settled four times.
Nobody knew, because the processing of those figures was still done entirely manually.
At a certain moment nothing went according to plan: motorways were completely silted up, helicopters did not get to the festival site, fences were toppled, cash registers were ignored.
From the stage, Chip Monck, the illustrious master of ceremonies, also begged via radio and TV to stop the pilgrimage to Bethel.
John Morris, production coordinator for the 'Arts Fair' and since then full-time Woodstock legend, then, overwhelmed by the legions of hippies who presented themselves without tickets, spoke the following historical words: "It's a free concert from now on!"
"3 Days of Peace & Music"
Fri Aug 15, 1969 - Sun Aug 17, 1969
Max Yasgur farm
Bethel New York
United States
An Aquarian Exposition in White Lake, NY
Organized by
Years active
Founded by
Michael Lang, John P. Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld
Woodstock (1970), by Michael Wadleigh.

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The ticket prices were not really expensive: $ 8 a day, $ 24 for the entire ride.
And the visitors also got something in their place. For example three days of peace, love and music from Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Band, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joan Baez, The Who, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Johnny Winter and many, many others.
Much lesser-known names such as Sweetwater, Quill and Keef Hartley also appeared at the most unlikely hours of the day and night.
Hendrix started his later historically appearing set on Monday morning, for a strongly thinned and very sleepy audience.
The swinging soul of Sly & The Family Stone stood side by side with the subtle folk of The Incredible String Band. And succulent troubadours such as Tim Hardin and John B. Sebastian also bare their souls, slightly to heavily misted.
Sebastian, driving force and lead singer of one of the best American groups ever, The Lovin 'Spoonful, was in fact only present as a spectator, but he was chased by the promoter to sing five songs awaiting some acts that were still in the traffic jam on the only main road that leads from New York to Bethel.
He received a fee of a thousand dollars for this. No fat pot but fairly in line with what his colleagues earned.
From Woodstock accounting archives, we mainly remember a few comparative figures:
Jimi Hendrix: $ 18,000, Joan Baez: $ 10,000, Janis Joplin: $ 7,500, The Who: perhaps $ 11,250, Crosby Stills Nash & Young: $ 5,000.
Ten Years After: $ 3,250, Joe Cocker: $ 1,375 and Santana: $ 750. It should come as no surprise that Bob Dylan, although practically living next to the festival, was not interested in participating at all.


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The festival took place at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake.