“And this is the moment I will never forget as long as I live. When I walked on stage at 3 a.m. setting up to play for thousands and thousands of people, a quarter mile away, there was some guy flickering his Bic, and in the night I hear, ‘Don’t worry, John. We’re with you.’ I played the rest of the show for that guy.” Witnessing these words of John Fogarty and examining the Woodstock Festival reveals its great importance and impact on American History.
On August 15th, 1969, the greatest music event in history took place. The Woodstock Festival, also known as ‘3 Days of Peace and Music’, took place in Bethel, New York on a farm that belonged to a man named Max Yasgur. There was nothing but love, peace, serenity, nudity, drugs, and days and days of music.
Aside from Woodstock’s memorable history, it was not meant to be such a great success. Two men named John Roberts and Joel Rosenman came up with the idea to create a recording studio for rock musicians in Woodstock such as Bob Dylan who had been currently living in the town. Their plan was set, but now the juvenile men needed the money to achieve this dream. What better way to do it than to establish a 2 day rock show for an estimated 50,000 people to earn money to use toward the creation of the studio? They continued with the plan and set prices according to the days spent at the festival. One day cost seven dollars, 13 dollars for two days, and 18 dollars for three days.
Only days away from the start of the event, 21 performers were guaranteed to show. Some of these were Country Joe, CSNY, Sweetwater, Jefferson Airplane, Richie Havens, Canned Heat, Ravi’s Shankar, COR, Ario Guthre, ISB, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Santana, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Tim Hardin, and Bert Sommer.
On Friday morning, John and Joel went over to Max Yasgur’s farm to set up for the event. They had ticket booths, fences surrounding the stage area, port-a-...
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