August 15, 2014 | SuzyQ
"By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong." Those words, written by Joni Mitchell in her famous song about the event, perfectly captured the feelings about the music festival for those who were there. It was forty five years ago on August 15, 1969, that thousands of people gathered in rural Bethel, New York to attend what would become an historic outdoor concert. For those who attended - and even like Mitchell - those who could not, Woodstock became a defining moment. Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Neil Young, Jefferson Airplane, the Who and Crosby, Stills & Nash were just some of the musicians who performed that weekend. For a complete list of performers, as well as photos and stories from those who attended, Woodstock '69 is a great place to stop by. Peace out.
[Photo courtesy of Electric Library]
Woodstock [videodisc]: 3 days of peace & music by Warner Bros. ; a film by Michael Wadleigh ; produced by Bob Maurice ; a Wadleigh-Maurice, Ltd. production ; directed by Michael Wadleigh
Woodstock vision: the spirit of a generation by Elliott Landy
The road to Woodstock by Michael Lang with Holly George- Warren
Woodstock revisited: 50 far out, groovy, peace-loving, flashback-inducing stories from those who were there by edited by Susan Reynolds
Back to the garden: the story of Woodstock by Pete Fornatale