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Woodstock Music Festival

Updated on January 6, 2017

Music History In The Making

This is the "iconic couple" from the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969.Guess what? They are still together after all these years! I wish I could've been there holding a lighter or a candle to be part of that crowd. Not sure about all the rain, mud, lack of food and toilets or available drugs but the music would have made it all worth while.

The Woodstock Music Festival, 3 Days of peace (actually 4 days), love, rock and roll music, including the Jimi Hendrix performance during the "lost day" of the Woodstock concert. Woodstock is definitely the greatest music concert ever!

There were half a million people in attendance at Woodstock, a peaceful protest to the Vietnam war. Police were amazed how many young people gathered together with no violence. There were many bands on the line up, some even played in the rain. Did you know Woodstock almost didn't even happen? Meet Max Yasgur, the reason the music festival did take place, just because of him and his own beliefs at Meet Max at Woodstock Was . . .

Many generations of war Veterans were recognized with "ticker tape" parades while walking down Main Street with people cheering and supporting them, when the War is over. The Vietnam Veterans came home under a shroud and completely unrecognized by us. They got no parade or even acknowledgement from anyone. Seems unfair they would not be recognized for fighting in a war, like any other Veterans but that's what happened. So support our Veteran's and wear a t shirt, hat or get a mug! Just show your support!! It means a lot to our Veteran's!

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My Tribute To Veterans Everywhere

Woodstock Famous Couple Still Together!

After all these years of being on the cover of Woodstock, this couple is still together! YAY!
After all these years of being on the cover of Woodstock, this couple is still together! YAY!

Vietnam Watch

Music Festival Memorabilia

Vietnam Memorial Pocket Watch

Vietnam Memorial Pocket Watch

As the hours, days, years pass, we still await the return of 58,000+ enlisted men and women from the Vietnam War who remain unaccounted for. Bronze-finish metal case features raised relief design and inscription to these brave defenders. The bold 2" diameter face bears the dates of the war and the service metal ribbon colors. Includes a 12" chain with fob and lined gift box with the POW/MIA flag art. Battery included. Japan movement.


More To Honor Our Veterans - Honor Them Every Chance You Get!

We need to show our appreciation to our soldiers when ever the chance arises for us. They put their lives on the line for us and it shouldn't be to much to ask. Show them so love.


More than a mere three days of peace, love, mud, and music, the 1969 Woodstock Music & Art Festival was a cultural landmark in a tumultuous decade. It was the brainchild of Artie Kornfeld, songwriter, music producer, and so-called "Pied Piper of Woodstock." In his memoir, Kornfeld traces his life from early musical prodigy to organizer of the concert that changed the country.

This is a quote from one of my valued visitors, The Health Lady. "Artie Kornfeld's "The Pied Piper of Woodstock" not only is it a totally amazing recollection of the times but Artie doesn't make a single penny off of the book. As with everything Artie does related to Woodstock, all of his profits are donated." You can read the entire post below in the Guestbook.

Were They Treated Fair? - Or They Weren't?

When the Vietnam Veterans returned home from the war, they were basically ignored. There was no New York, ticker tape parade for these veterans. They weren't even recognized. They fought for us!

Once the Vietnam War was finally over and the U.S. soldiers could come home they came back to hysterical crowds of 'Baby Killers' to being spit on. This was a great shock to the soldiers and a sad one to think they had come back not only with broken bodies in many cases, but in mind and spirit. It was difficult for them to get jobs and they didn't even get the medical care they so deserved from their country.

Do you think they were treated fairly or not?

They came home under a cloud. Do you think they were treated fairly or not?

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The Many Sides Of The Woodstock Music Festival - Music Festival For The History Books

The Woodstock Music Festival is one that changed our society. The music from this concert was a true tribute to our National Freedom and people standing up for what they believed in. Here are some music choices that reflect the Woodstock Concert and the people that attended.


1-2-3 What Are We Fightin' For? - Country Joe McDonald

Here is probably the most memorable song that came out of Woodstock and everybody learned the lyrics!! So, start the video and sing along, I've even given you the lyrics! Enjoy!

Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Song

Give Me an F, U, C, K, What's that spell? What's that spell.....

Well, come on all of you, big strong men,

Uncle Sam needs your help again.

He's got himself in a terrible jam

Way down yonder in Vietnam

So put down your books and pick up a gun,

We're gonna have a whole lotta fun.

And it's one, two, three,

What are we fighting for ?

Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,

Next stop is Vietnam;

And it's five, six, seven,

Open up the pearly gates,

Well there ain't no time to wonder why,

Whoopee! we're all gonna die.


So come on Wall Street, don't be slow,

Why man, this is war au-go-go

There's plenty good money to be made

By supplying the Army with the tools of its trade,

But just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,

They drop it on the Viet Cong.

And it's one, two, three,

What are we fighting for ?

Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,

Next stop is Vietnam.

And it's five, six, seven,

Open up the pearly gates,

Well there ain't no time to wonder why

Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Well, come on generals, let's move fast;

Your big chance has come at last.

Now you can go out and get those reds

'Cause the only good commie is the one that's dead

And you know that peace can only be won

When we've blown 'em all to kingdom come.


And it's one, two, three,

What are we fighting for ?

Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,

Next stop is Vietnam;

And it's five, six, seven,

Open up the pearly gates,

Well there ain't no time to wonder why

Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Come on mothers throughout the land,

Pack your boys off to Vietnam.

Come on fathers, and don't hesitate

To send your sons off before it's too late.

And you can be the first ones in your block

To have your boy come home in a box.


And it's one, two, three

What are we fighting for ?

Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,

Next stop is Vietnam.

And it's five, six, seven,

Open up the pearly gates,

Well there ain't no time to wonder why,

Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

Woodstock Apparel - T-Shirts

Bethel, New York. Three day music festival, Woodstock. Many music artists, peaceful Vietnam protest, 500,000 people were in attendance. I still see many people wearing Woodstock apparel from that concert, even today! Sex, drugs and rock n roll! Here are a few of the t shirts still being worn now.


Valued Visitors - Woodstock Music Festival and Art Fair

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      Tran 

      3 years ago

      Richard, I saw your videos. You are so animazg and brave and what a sweetheart! Thank you for sharing your story. I know you can do this. Already, you generously sharing your journey, is very inspiring. Mahalo and Aloha!kris trader

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      Barbara 

      4 years ago from USA

      @mathew31: Me too!

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      Barbara 

      4 years ago from USA

      @tonyleather: Thank you Tony! That means a lot to me.

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      tonyleather 

      4 years ago

      What a fascinating and informative lens!

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      mathew31 

      5 years ago

      What a great lens! I would have loved to have been there!

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      Barbara 

      5 years ago from USA

      @steadytracker lm: Those are great words to live by, thanks for stopping by!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 

      5 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      I was too young back then to make a difference or to attend. But it would have really been something to experience. Music has such an influence in my life and here we can see the power of how it can unite and bring unity in what we might believe in.

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      I wish I could have been there. My parents attended Woodstock, but that was a decade before I was even born. As my mother always told us growing up, "Never go straight, always go forward!" And those words stuck with me my entire life, and I have never stopped pushing forward regardless of the challenge. Thank you for Woodstock and for inspiring a nation through peace, love and music.

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      julieannbrady 

      5 years ago

      What a memory! I didn't experience it but it sure was something!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      @fiercerulingdiva: You could see how the second Woodstock evolved into an exclusive private commercial enterprise. The corporate signs and symbols were everywhere. The cops were strongly in force, restrictions were the norm and fascism was evident by the many tools observed by state enforced slavery tactics that they used for crowd control... Today, it would be even worse, because the private government stooges know they can capitalize on their many millions of statute violations committed by the unwitting American debtor hippie slave audience members, who obviously enjoy voting to have their freedoms taken away by de facto BS political officials. If we had a Woodstock three, we would have the crowd under total surveillance through satellite imagery, zoom cameras placed everywhere, facial recognition detailed analysis, Nazi drug sniffing German Shepard's at all check points, total body and bag searches and the legal confiscation of all marijuana, and LSD etc... detainment centers, drug testing centers, the undercover no fun police would probably outnumber the so called hippies. Oh and tickets would probably be priced at $300 each and this is what happens when so called bogus American hippies support any private government stooge with their votes. They blindly give up their natural born freedoms to the legal thieves that they apparently love and respect because they're better liars than they are....Ha, here we go, Dave, further and further down the road to a total police state, and Woodstock? Well, that's just a symbol of freedom that didn't quite catch because we bought and continue to buy into the lies of ANY private bogus government official in high theatrical office. Again, these people don't produce anything of use, except more and more of their corporate statutes that are designed to take our natural born freedoms and debt tokens away from us, and this is what the hypocritical and phony-baloney yippie hippie really wants, or is it? I don't know, but calling hippies the greatest generation is like calling an American TV couch potato audience well informed about the real reasons for war. In other words they just don't get it...

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      kindlegeek 

      7 years ago

      Groovy!

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      JimHofman 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! A trip down memory lane...thank you.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful job on this lens. Thanks for sharing Woodstock with us!

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      MrMojo01 

      6 years ago

      Great lens! I enjoyed reading it!

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      sarasentor lm 

      6 years ago

      I am enjoyed to read your awesome lens, you made lens different from other lens masters. I appreciate you for making such a great lens.

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      Would have been amazing to see it in person - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      grannysage 

      6 years ago

      I was still in high school when Woodstock happened but I would have been too scared to go anyway. I couldn't have handled that big a crowd. But I enjoy watching the movie and as a war protester myself celebrated what it stood for.

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      grannysage 

      6 years ago

      I was still in high school when Woodstock happened but I would have been too scared to go anyway. I couldn't have handled that big a crowd. But I enjoy watching the movie and as a war protester myself celebrated what it stood for.

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      What a moment in music history. Blessed!

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      Whitwillow LM 

      6 years ago

      Loved your lens. Found it on twitter.

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      KimGiancaterino 

      6 years ago

      I'm featuring this on my Altamont concert lens.

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      dahlia369 

      6 years ago

      Nicely done, thanks for sharing!! :)

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      bokal99 

      6 years ago

      I would be in Woodstock, but i wasn't born ...

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      WaynesWorld LM 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 

      6 years ago

      Very nice perspectives on Woodstock. There should be more movies about the events leading up to the concert. It's as interesting as the concert itself.

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      Barbara 

      6 years ago from USA

      @KimGiancaterino: That's what my lens Woodstock Was . . . is all about. The events leading up to Woodstock and Max Yasgur. Thanks for stopping by and the blessing Kim!

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      WoodlandBard 

      6 years ago

      Fab leans but where is Incredible String Band at Woodstock? Of course being shoved between Keef Hartley and Canned Heat did not help them get into the movie and on records, but there are a few YouTubes of their performance there :-)

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      boomerex 

      6 years ago

      I wish I could have gone!

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      MuzicNotez 

      6 years ago

      i was definitely born far too late! music had so much soul back than, there will never be anything like Woodstock again!

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      fiercerulingdiva 

      6 years ago

      I went to the last Woodstock in 1994, wish I was around for the original. Nice lens !!

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      lesliesinclair 

      7 years ago

      Those bell bottom jeans sure brought back memories. My boots used to get caught up in them!

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      Close2Art LM 

      7 years ago

      great lens thanks for sharing...RWJR

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      scruffymind 

      7 years ago

      Great woodstock lens, I always regretted not being born a few years earlier and being able to participate in real life.

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      Lola4ever 

      7 years ago

      Shame I wasn't even born then but I love the music! :D

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I learned something new from your lens. I never knew they continued into the fourth day.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      This is great lense, you give me inspiration for my lense. I'll make one like this

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      This festival is really interesting. you can get more information about Hudson Jeans UK from their website.

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      james g pete 

      7 years ago

      I want to read more about what you feel and think. Even so, just listing the lyrics from Country Joe gets a like from me. It speaks of a more radical you.

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      johnlfa 

      7 years ago

      I wish I'd been alive for woodstock!

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      abbs002 

      7 years ago

      whole new information love it what we spell l,o,v,e it

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      sapheyerblu lm 

      7 years ago

      I was only a year old when this took place, but I've been told about it and heard about it my whole life. I'm an old hippie at heart and would have loved to have been one of those 500,000 in the crowd. That was a once in a lifetime event.Thanks for the lens

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      David Stone 

      7 years ago from New York City

      As an interesting coincidence, I featured this on a new lens this morning. It's on my Peace Posters and Peace Signs. Good stuff. Thanks.

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      jadelillith lm 

      7 years ago

      Love this lens. Wish I was alive for woodstock

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      AlexCH 

      7 years ago

      Funky lens, cool stuff.Hmm, I just finished my lens on Bob Dylan's harmonicas, rather extraodinary stuff - Bob Dylan Signed HarmonicasCheersAlex

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I loved all of the clothing! I also learned because I did not know anything about the Lost Day.

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      Barbara 

      7 years ago from USA

      @gravityx9: I was looking for your lens on Feelin Groovy, but couldn't find it, did you publish it yet?

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      nebby 

      7 years ago from USA

      I had so much fun here reliving good times. I am so glad to see that you are showcasing Artie Kornfeld's "The Pied Piper of Woodstock" as not only is it a totally amazing recollection of the times but Artie doesn't make a single penny off of the book. As with everything Artie does related to Woodstock, all of his profits are all being donated.

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      nebby 

      7 years ago from USA

      I had so much fun here reliving good times. I am so glad to see that you are showcasing Artie Kornfeld's "The Pied Piper of Woodstock" as not only is it a totally amazing recollection of the times but Artie doesn't make a single penny off of the book. As with everything Artie does related to Woodstock, all of his profits are all being donated.

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      gravityx9 

      7 years ago

      Ga-rooovy lens! I was feeling listening to some old 'LP's and, well, made a little lens. I featured your cool lens to my 'Feelin' Groovy' lens. THUMBS UP!

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      Joyfulmusic90 

      7 years ago

      Wow ~ all those groovy musicians in one place must have been incredible!

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      oldmarine 

      8 years ago

      Great job on this lens. Brings back a lot of memeories. The pictures, music, performers and my son going to Vietnam. A lot of people did not agree with this war. But hey, I am an oldmarine.

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      modelde 

      8 years ago

      "I say your blog is very nice. Gisele Bundchen, Kate Moss, Adriana Lima & Co owe success, wealth and fame of her beauty and her charisma. They are among the most sought-after supermodels in the world are on the catwalks of Paris, Milan and New York home and wrap their flawless bodies in the noblest of noble designer creations.http://www.model.de."

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      Steve_Andrews 

      9 years ago

      Woodstock was a great time when the lyrics of the songs meant something in our lives. Enjoyed the lens. Come see my lens about how this ex-hippie exhales about the 40th anniversary of Woodstock.

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      Petee 

      9 years ago

      There were many great musical talents at the Woodstock musical festival some that come to mind are Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Santana and CCR. Many others were invited but had pior obligations or just turned it down such as Led Zepelin, The Doors, The Beatles and others. The Woodstock Festival was a tuning point in rock history.

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