This weekend marks 45 years since Woodstock.
The landmark rock event took place at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. There were 32 acts performing at the festival, including:
- The Who
- Jimi Hendrix
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- The Grateful Dead
- Janis Joplin
- Jefferson Airplane
- The Band
- Joe Cocker
- Ten Years After
- Johnny Winter
Here are essential facts about those "3 days of peace and music" -- which stretched into 4 days:
The festival was originally slated for Wallkill, New York, but that town balked at the last minute, prompting the promoters to scramble to find another spot. They eventually settled on Yasgur's farm, which had a natural "bowl-like" amphitheater shape.
Tickets for the festival cost $18 each and 186,000 were sold before the weekend with authorities expecting 200,000 people to show up. More than DOUBLE than that arrived. The fences eventually came down, which is how it became a FREE show.
Despite the massive traffic jams, torrential downpours, mud and lack of food vendors and sanitary facilities (yuck), it was a peaceful gathering.
There were 2 deaths...and 2 births during the event!
Richie Havens opened the event at 5pm on Friday, August 16th. Jimi Hendrix closed the festival out just a little after 11am on Monday, August 19th.
Creedence Clearwater Revival was the first act to sign a contract for Woodstock, agreeing to play for $10,000. Once the promoters secured John Fogerty and company, the other big acts ended up signing on.