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Woodstock, a Pivotal Moment in Music History!

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It was late summer in the year 1969.  The country was heavily involved in a very unpopular war in Vietnam and young people were protesting the war throughout the country .  They wanted peace and love, not war. What followed was “The Woodstock Music & Art Fair” in upstate New York.  Today marks the 47th anniversary of “Woodstock”, originally a three day music that eventually ended up being four days from August 15 through August 18.“Woodstock” took place on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York with over half a million people coming to a 600-acre farm to hear 32 acts play on the stages. Those acts included Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Who, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Richie Havens, Joe Cocker and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Woodstock is known as one of the greatest happenings of all time and one of the most pivotal moments in music history. Two days before the festival some 60,000 people had already arrived and set up camp. By the 15th of August, the roads were so clogged with cars that performing artists had to arrive by helicopter.

By some accounts there were 500-thousand people at “Woodstock” who listened to continuous music through extreme heat and downpours of rain.  But nobody there cared.  It was “Woodstock” and no one wanted to be anyplace else.

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