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Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Swami Satchidananda addressing the opening ceremony at Woodstock
Swami Satchidananda addressing the opening ceremony at Woodstock

Historical Context

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair ran from the 15-18th August 1969 and was attended by 400,000 people.

It is regarded as an iconic moment in music history and the event that best encapsulates the counterculture generation of the 1960s.

Photo Info

Date taken: August 15, 1969
Location taken: White Lake, New York, USA

Source: Mark Goff

Related Events

  • 1969-08-15 Woodstock Festival opens in Bethel, New York on Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm; performers include Richie Havens, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie, and Joan Baez
  • 1969-08-16 Second day of the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York; performers include Santana, John Sebastian; Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, and Jefferson Airplane
  • 1969-08-17 Woodstock Festival closes with Jimi Hendrix / Band of Gypsys as final act (taking the stage at 9AM on the 18th); other performers included Joe Cocker, Country Joe MacDonald & The Fish, The Band, CSN&Y, and Sha Na Na
  • 1970-01-07 Farmers sue Max Yasgur for $35,000 in damages caused by "Woodstock Festival"

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