Woodstock Significance

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History Research Project: Woodstock

Woodstock was one of the most famous concerts in American history. On one weekend, August 15th to August 18th 1969, over five hundred thousand people watched 32 acts perform and change the history of rock n roll and popular music. After WW2 and the Depression, the people born between 1946 and 1964 were knows as the baby boomers. This generation was highly educated and became involved in the nations affairs. The Vietnam War and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy led to the generation becoming involved in antiwar and revolts against the government. This was after the civil rights and feminist movements which brought equality and change throughout the country. Since people were so frustrated and involved in social, government, and war affairs; they began to turn to the drug LSD to soothe their stress. The famous phrase was to “turn on, tune in, drop out” which led to a new social status. Music, love, and drugs eventually became the words to describe the baby boomers generation. Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfield created the Woodstock Ventures Inc. and approached Max Yasgur who let them use his farmland in Bethel, New York for a concert called “The Woodstock Music and Art Fair”. They had no idea that they would be planning the concert of the century. It became so crowded that there was neither an entrance nor exit; food, water, police, doctors, and the bands had to be delivered by helicopters. Woodstock hosted many famous artists including Joe Cocker, The Who, and arguably the greatest guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The concert was home to music lovers, marijuana and LSD users, openly sexual people and free thinkers mostly regarded as Hippies. Throughout the use of people’s voices and the concert itself, Woodstock reflected two cultures, the traditional American culture and the new up and coming experimental culture. In Chris Mullins first perspective of Woodstock, he emphasizes...
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