Woodstock1 Essay

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Many large concerts occurred throughout America in the summer of 1969, but none were as
well known and symbolic as Woodstock. Its impact on Americaís culture and society as well
as its youth will not be forgotten for many years to come.

Four men named Michael Lang, Artie Kornfield, John Roberts, and Joel Rosenman originally
established Woodstock. The menís initial idea for the festival was to promote the idea of
a new recording studio in Bethel, New York, which is where the event actually took place.
Because of the extensive amount of rain that fell before and during Woodstock, the site
was changed twice. This resulted in the loss of preparation time. The stage had not been
entirely put up and the sound system was dangerously assembled. There were many other
problems that occurred as a result of the mud produced during the rain. Most of the gates
and fences were not put up which allowed many people to enter the festival for free. The
mud also created a major cleanup project after the festival ended.

Woodstock gathered an unexpectedly large attendance. Only 50,000 to 100,000 people were
expected to arrive at the site. These numbers seemed small compared to the 400,000 to
500,000 people who converged on the area on August 15, 16, and 17 of 1969. Many expected
singers and bands could not arrive due to traffic backed up for miles along all the roads
leading to the area. It was said that nearly one million people could have attended the
concert if it had lasted longer. Many recognized musicians preformed at the concert such
as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Jefferson Airplane,
and many others. Truly by the first day, as the musicians looked out upon the vast crowd,
they must have known that Woodstock was not going to be just another concert that would be

On the outside Woodstock could just be considered another concert for the youth of the
time to hear their favorite music, but it can be seen that it was much more than that.
Although the music was a large part of the festival, there would be no reason for it to be
remembered this long if that were the extent of its significance. It displayed a
significant message to the world around it by showing that the youth of the time could
come together in such bad conditions and discover a common purpose, which was that of
peace and love. Although police were brought into Woodstock, for fear of rioting they
overlooked drug laws. The crowd stayed peaceful throughout the duration of the festival
despite the heavy use of marijuana and LSD. Not one fight was reported and the only death
occurred as a result of a tractor running over a man. The entire concert was a time of
peace and happiness.

Many of the people attending Woodstock were given a ray of hope in a world that didnít
accept them. Through all the drugs and mud etched in their minds, the desire for love and
acceptance made its way to the surface. The mood created by this is what made Woodstock
so memorable. Had it not been for this prevalent feeling many people would have dismissed
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