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Woodstock Festival was a three day event of music and peace, held at Max Yasgur’s dairy farm, in the town of Bethel, New York. It took place on the dates August 15th-18th, 1969. Five hundred thousand people attended the festival, watching thirty-two acts perform over the three days. It was the first time that so many people had gathered together to listen to music in an outdoor setting (Articlesbase 2008). Not only did Woodstock Festival play a major role in the influence of music but it was also heralded as one of the most fundamental turning points in culture. It was not just a music festival, it was and still is a generation’s symbol and it will forever be an event in history known to have changed music, culture and society in not just America, but the entire world, at a point in time when it was needed the most.
In 1969 the Vietnam War was a major concern in the American Nation, in which majority of America’s youths were strongly opposed to the war taking place halfway across the world, where their fathers, brothers, and husbands were dying. Woodstock Festival came at a time when many antiwar demonstrations had been taking place, but this festival was the biggest of them all. During the three days, many performers sang songs of peace and antiwar. The slogan of Woodstock was “Three Days of Peace and Music”. The promoters intended the word “peace” to link the rock and roll concert to the increasingly popular war sentiment (Oracle ThinkQuest 1999). Though the concert was not a war protest, the event itself became one of the most important protests to date. There were political figures such as Abby Hoffman there to talk about the war, and why he was against it (Articlesbase 2008). The antiwar message that the youth of Woodstock were trying to implement, was that living in peace and harmony was possible, all over the world.
Woodstock was three days of peace, love, and music and also a weekend of protest, questioning, and experimentation. At a...
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