Peace, Love, and Rock & Roll
When the word "Woodstock" is mentioned, what do you think of? Perhaps you think of the little yellow bird from the Peanuts cartoons, or maybe you think of a small town in New York. However, you also might know that Woodstock was the largest and most famous of all rock festivals. Woodstock was a festival that was created for everyone wanting to celebrate being free and loving everyone no matter what their defaults were. In ’69 some saw Woodstock as festival for hippies to engage in three days of sex and drugs, they could have been right but when Artie Kornfeld, Michael Lang, John Roberts, and Joel Rosenman had in mind was a rock festival that would change America and the way people saw it. : Even though Woodstock seemed like a love festival that was full of drugs, alcohol, and sex; it's had a pop culture impact on music, movies, and even remakes of the festival since 1969. Woodstock was a rock music festival that took place near Woodstock, New York in a town called Bethel. The festival took place over three days, August 15, 16, and 17 in 1969. The original plan for Woodstock was an outdoor rock festival for "Three Days of Peace and Music" in the Catskill village of Woodstock. The festival was expected to attract 50,000 to 100,000 people at the most. It was estimated that an unexpected over half a million people came to a 600-acre farm to hear 32 acts perform (Woodstock 1). It began with partners Michael Lang, (the manager of a rock band), Artie Kronfeld, (an executive at Capitol Records), and two capitalists John Roberts and Joel Rosenman, who supplied most of the money and the original idea. Their original plan was to build a recording studio in Woodstock. To get the word out, the four partners decided to hold a concert, which they called the “Woodstock Music and Art Fair.” The group originally tried to have the festival in the town of Woodstock, but the citizens would not permit it. Then after much debate, Michael Lang decided to...
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