April 20, 2012
Woodstock was a music festival, or also called "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". It was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in the town of Bethel, New York, from August 15 to August 18, 1969. During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of 500,000 concert-goers. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history. Rolling Stone called it one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.
The organizers of the Woodstock Festival were four men: John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld, and Mike Lang. The oldest of the four was only 27 years old at the time of the Woodstock Festival. Roberts, and his friend Rosenman were looking for a way to use Roberts' money from a pharmaceutical fortune to invest in an idea that would make them more money. After placing an ad in The New York Times that stated: "Young men with unlimited capital looking for interesting, legitimate investment opportunities and business propositions," they met the other runners of Woodstock, Kornfeld and Lang.
Kornfeld and Lang's original idea of Woodstock was to build a recording studio and a retreat for rock musicians in Woodstock, New York. The idea changed to creating a two-day rock concert for 50,000 people with the hope that the concert would raise enough money to pay for the studio. The men got to work on organizing a large music festival. They found a location for the event and they printed tickets. The tickets were $7 for one day, $13 for two days, and $18 for three days. These tickets could be purchased in stores. The men also worked on organizing food, signing musicians, and hiring security.
The first of many things to go wrong with the Woodstock Festival was the location. The citizens of Wallkill did not want a bunch of drugged-out hippies in their town. The town of Wallkill passed a law on July 2, 1969 that banned the concert from their town....