Gabriella M. Mathis
12 March 2014
American culture changed dramatically in the sixties, one event is so big that it still affects us today, Woodstock. Woodstock affected American culture, thoughts on certain ideas, and the most famous change in music was caused by Woodstock. Woodstock helped rock music evolve and advance.
August 16, 1969 was the first day of the “3 Days of Peace and Music” or otherwise called the Woodstock Festival. This festival took place in upper New York or new Bethel. Over 400,000 people came to Woodstock, there were major traffic jams and eventually people stuck in traffic jams walked the rest of the way (Woodstock Festival History). So many people arrived that the supply brought for people had run out, like food, water, and other toiletries (Gresko 37). Many people thought that Woodstock was useless and disrespectful, but many thought that Woodstock Festival was a big advancement in rock music. Rock music became a bigger and more popular music business than ever because of Woodstock. Some performers of Woodstock were Jimi Hendrix; Santana; Stills, Young, and Nash (Woodstock Festival). Songs and Songwriters gained popularity as a result of the festival, their music varied and allowed creative expression. Lots of unspeakable things happened at Woodstock, but so their were many unforgettable moments too.
The people of Woodstock wanted to have a good time bring wonderful music, and lots of people to influence the culture. August 16 is when the music and the festival started. Young men and women, mud caked, smoking dope, and talking acid or LSD. That is what most media images showed people (Woodstock 101, How Woodstock Changed the World). For people experiencing “bad trips” so to speak, they had formed a freakout tent (Woodstock Festival History). Medics at Woodstock only experienced minor injuries and accidents, like cut feet since ...
Cited: Gresko, Jessica. American History by the Decade the 1960’s. San Diego: Thomson Gale,2004.
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Woodstock Festival History. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 2011. Web. 11 March 2014.
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