Woodstock Music Festival Of 1969
It's so hard to believe that it it took place 45 years ago! It really doesn't seem that long ago. If I close my eyes and listen carefully I can still hear Janis belting them out while the smell the sweet mixture of cow manure and pot gently scented the air.
Come with me as I take a look back and remember Woodstock 1969
The 60's was (were) a turbulent decade. The assassination of JFK kept us fixated on the TV for days and gave us an insecurity that other decades had not felt before.
Those of us growing into our own during the 60's were also very much affected by the war in Vietnam. We would all watch the "war lotto" to see which of our friends and loved ones would go across the world to fight in a country that we had not even known had existed.
For me, like other teens my age, the draft number lottery was especially painful as I had a brother that was just 2 years older than I was and I wasn't ready to let him or my friends leave our safe, secure Long Island town.
The 60s was also showing pains from the growing racial issues that faced us all. Segregation, desegregation, marches on Washington and sit-in at our schools. We all needed to become equals.
Many families were separated by what has been termed the "generation gap". Parents not knowing what their children were doing and children learning not to trust anyone over 30.
There was confusion and mis-trust between the "straight" and the "heads", music was going in directions that most didn't understand.
The world was spinning out of control and we were all angry about something.
Then for 3 days in 1969 the world stood still
Friday August 15th, Saturday August 16th, and Sunday August 17th
This was Woodstock and our world and lives would be forever changed!
Photo: Crowd at Woodstock when Richie Havens was playing. Photograph by the author, the health lady at http://www.squidoo.com/woodstock_69
All photographs and memorabilia that are from my personal collection may not be reproduced or used without express and written permission.
By the time we got to Woodstock....
Getting to Woodstock wasn't that hard but getting home was another story.
By the time we did arrive home, we were dirty, smelly and covered from head to toe with mud. We had walked (I was barefoot as I had my moccasins - dare I say stolen, when we left our belongings to wander around) for what had seemed to be hours leaving Woodstock to find a bus back to Grand Central so we could take the Long Island Rail Road back home.
We got some very strange looks on the rail road and no one would even sit anywhere near us, so we found a car just for us. I guess I don't blame them as we did look & smell quite frightening.
The Woodstock Festival Was Forced To Move - A bit of Woodstock trivia
The 1969 Woodstock Music Festival as most are lead to believe, was never held in Woodstock NY.
Woodstock Wasn't Just About The Music
Relive the look & feel of Woodstock through home movies of those who attended. The first few Woodstock videos on this lens fit into this category.
Although they don't have the glamor of most of the music videos, I believe that they are just as important as this is...the real Woodstock!
Please note that you will leave this page when you view any of the Woodstock videos in this section and also the music videos further down the page, so please remember to return to us after viewing your selected video.
Or better yet - bookmark us. Thank you!
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace"
Silent Home Video Of Friends On The Way To Woodstock 69 - Silent home movie filmed by Bud Styple. Don't be put off by the fact that it is silent - it is very go
This Is How The Original Woodstock Site Looks Today
.....We Were Half a Million Strong
Although I had brought several rolls of film with me to Woodstock, I only took a handful of photos.
At the time, I felt as though it was too "establishment" or "commercial" to capture this moment of time on film.
I also decided not to purchase any t-shirts that were on sale for the same reason.
Well only about 20% of the photos that I did take came out and what I wouldn't do to have an original Woodstock tee now (one that I got while I was there).
I could just kick myself.
The head count (kind of a pun) for Woodstock ranges from 500,000 to 650,000 depending on who was doing the counting and whether or not they counted those who were stuck in traffic and were turned away. One estimate was even a high (yes, another pun) as 1 million!
Oh, I Get By .....
....With a little help from my friends
Arlo Guthrie - Coming Into Los Angeles - Arlo Guthrie at Woodstock
Woodstock Turned Into a 3 Day Party
Originally billed as a 2 day arts, crafts & music fair, Woodstock was later changed to a 3 day festival at White Lake (town of Bethel) adding Friday August 15th.
Just look at the performers who you would have missed, had it only been a 2 day festival.
You also would have missed John Sebastian (who was not scheduled to perform but some of the performers were unable to arrive on time due to the heavy traffic and Route 17 was closed), Bert Sommer and magnificent Melanie who though only sang 2 songs, electrified the stage with Beautiful People.
With over 500,000 showing up the New York thruway become a parking lot and Route 17 had to be shut down.
Home Movies of Woodstock 1969
Filmmaker Barbara Bedick's home movies from Woodstock.
Although Barbara could have added music to this clip, I find that the simple quality of the silence with just the sounds of the the camera really makes this video more insightful.
With no music to distract, it captures the simple times of the weekend and the decade.
Woodstock Poster T-Shirt - Woodstock t-shirt
I remember while at Woodstock seeing T-shirts being sold at two different tables, some with the Woodstock logo and some tie-dyed. There may have been more, but these 2 tables in the woods were the only ones that I had noticed.
We were so caught up in the moment that we didn't even think of bringing back any type of souvenirs.
Just wanting to just enjoy the then and now and not even think of going back home.
Well 40 some odd years later and I am still kicking myself.
I have over the years amassed a huge collection of commemorative and tribute T-shirts and although they are not original I love them just the same.
T's look best when they have that worn look so I don't treat them gentle and I over wash them, get them frayed and make sure that they get a faded look.
If you do plan one doing this also be sure to order one size larger as your torture might shrink them.
Woodstock Advertisement For Getting Advanced Tickets
The section that is missing is where you ordered your tickets
They finally printed out brochures to sell tickets after they changed the concert from 2 days to 3 days. All seemed fine but then they moved Woodstock from Wallkill to White Lake.
Such Excitement When Our Woodstock Tickets Arrived
The tickets came in a smaller envelope to protect them.
You'll notice that the price for the tickets are only $6 each. That was the price for advance sale tickets. If you check Ebay you will notice that everyone is selling the $7 or $8 tickets. There are very few of the $6 tickets in circulation and even a smaller number of $6 tickets still in a set. And no, they are not for sale.
I even kept the money order that I used to buy our tickets. Who would have known that Woodstock was going to be such a major event?
Crowd Rain Chant Woodstock 1969 Video
After chanting for rain to cool down the crowd, the sky opened up and it rained, and it rained and it rained.
Do you think that technology like cell phones, digital cameras and instant streaming would have made Woodstock less important or special?
So How Did Woodstock Get Its Name?
At the time when Woodstock was just a glimmer in Michael Lang, Joel Roseman, John Roberts & Artie Kornfeld's eye and they were thinking of a name to call their venture group, they had remembered the quiet but artsy town where Dylan lived in Ulster County NY, called Woodstock.
Since they were planning a music & art fair the name seemed to fit right in, plus the reputation of the town of Woodstock as a musician and artist haven would be an added plus for their Aquarian Exposition.
They decided to call their corporation Woodstock Ventures Inc. & that my friends is how Woodstock got it's name.
The triangular shapes near the top of the photo were where the empty food concessions were & a great place to watch the concert
John Sebastian at Woodstock
John was not scheduled to perform but filled in at the last minute because several performers were stuck in traffic.
This video has great shots of the crowd and you will also notice that John is smiling throughout the entire song. Can you not feel the love in this performance - this is the true Woodstock experience.
Woodstock Performers at a Glance
To see the song set for any particular day - just click on the date
Bands and Musicians at Woodstock
Keef Hartley Band
Country Joe McDonald
Country Joe & The Fish
Ten Years After
Incredible String Band
Blood Sweat & Tears
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sly & The Family Stone
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Acoustic
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Electric
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Sha Na Na
-Played Sat night into Sun morning
Jeff Beck Group was scheduled to play on Sunday, but a few days before Woodstock, Nicky Hopkins left the band and the rest of the group disbanded. However, Nicky Hopkins did play at Woodstock after all by playing with the Jefferson Airplane.
Friday, August 15th Performers and Song Sets
1. High Flyin' Bird
2. I Can't Make It Anymore
3. With A Little Help (from my friends)
4. Strawberry Fields For Ever
5. Hey Jude
6. I Had A Woman
7. Handsome Johnny
Swami said a prayer for all
Country Joe McDonald
1. I Find Myself Missing You
2. Rockin' All Around The World
3. Flyin' High All Over The World
4. Seen A Rocket
5. Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixing-To-Die-Rag
1. How Have You Been
2. Rainbows All Over Your Blues
3. I Had A Dream
4. Darlin' Be Home Soon
5. Younger Generation
1. What's Wrong
2. Motherless Child
3. Look Out
4. For Pete's Sake
5. Day Song
6. Crystal Spider
7. Two Worlds
8. Why Oh Why
Incredible String Band
2. The Letter
3. This Moment
4. When You Find Out Who You Are
2. The Road To Travel
3. I Wondered Where You Be
4. She's Gone
5. Things Are Going My Way
6. And When It's Over
9. A Note That Read
1. If I Were A Carpenter
2. Misty Roses
1. Raga Puriya-Dhanashri/Gat In Sawarital
2. Tabla Solo In Jhaptal
3. Raga Manj Kmahaj
4. Alap & Jor
5. Dhun In Kaharwa Tal
1. Beautiful People
2. Birthday Of The Sun
1. Coming Into Los Angeles
2. Walking Down The Line
3. Amazing Grace
1. Oh Happy Day
2. The Last Thing On My Mind
3. I Shall Be Released
4. Joe Hill
5. Sweet Sir Galahad
6. Hickory Wind
7. Drug Store Truck Driving Man
8. I Live One Day At A Time
9. Sweet Sunny South
10. Warm and Tender Love
11. Swing Low Sweet Chariot
12. We Shall Overcome
Saturday, August 16th Performers and Song Sets
Woodstock Song Lists
1. They Live the Life
3. Waitin' For You
Keef Hartley Band
1. Spanish Fly
2. Believe In You
3. Rock Me Baby
5. Leavin' Trunk
7. Just To Cry
8. Sinnin' For You
2. You Just Don't Care
6. Soul Sacrifice
7. Fried Neckbones
1. A Change Is Gonna Come/Leaving This Town
2. Woodstock Boogie
3. Going Up The Country
4. Let's Work Together
5. Too Many Drivers At The Wheel
6. Little Red Rooster
1. St. Stephen
2. Mama Tried
3. Dark Star/High Time
4. Turn On Your Lovelight
1. Blood Of The Sun
2. Stormy Monday
3. Long Red
4. Who Am I But You And The Sun
5. Beside The Sea
6. For Yasgur's Farm
7. You And Me
8. Theme From An Imaginary Western
9. Waiting To Take You Away
10. Dreams Of Milk And Honey
11. Blind Man
12. Blue Suede Shoes
13. Southbound Train
Creedence Clearwater Revival
1. Born On The Bayou
2. Green River
3. Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won't Do)
6. Bad Moon Rising
7. Proud Mary
8. I Put A Spell On You
9. Nighttime Is The Right Time
10. Keep On Choogin'
11. Suzy Q
Sly & The Family Stone
2. Sing A Simple Song
3. You Can Make It If You Try
4. (I'm)Everyday People
5. Dance To The Music
6. I Want To Take You Higher
7. Love City
1. Raise Your Hand
2. As Good As You've Been To This World
3. To Love Somebody
5. Try (Just A Little Bit Harder)
6. Kosmic Blues
7. Can't Turn You Loose
8. Work Me Lord
9. Piece Of My Heart
10. Ball and Chain
1. Heaven And Hell
2. I Can't Explain
3. It's A Boy
5. Amazing Journey
7. Eyesight To The Blind
9. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
10. Acid Queen
11. Pinball Wizard
12. (Abbie Hoffmann Incident)
13. Fiddle About
14. There's A Doctor I've Found
15. Go To The Mirror Boy
16. Smash The Mirror
17. I'm Free
18. Tommy's Holiday Camp
19. We're Not Gonna Take It
20. See Me Feel Me
21. Summertime Blues
22. Shakin' All Over
23. My Generation
24. Naked Eye
1. Somebody To Love
2. The Other Side Of This Life
3. Plastic Fantastic Lover
5. Saturday Afternoon/Won't You Try
6. Eskimo Blue Day
7. Uncle Sam's Blues
8. White Rabbit
*** Due to the Jefferson Airplane's early morning (4 AM) set, they are often shown as performers for either Saturday or Sunday.
Sunday, August 17th Performers and Song Sets
Woodstock Music Festival Performers and Song List
1. Delta Lady
2. Some Things Goin' On
3. Let's Go Get Stoned
4. I Shall Be Released
5. With A Little Help From My Friends
Country Joe & The Fish
1. Barry's Caviar Dream
2. Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine
3. Rock And Soul Music
4. Thing Called Love
5. Love Machine
6. Fish Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixing-To-Die-Rag
Ten Years After
1. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
2. I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes
3. I May Be Wrong, But I Won't Be Wrong Always
4. Hear Me Calling
5. I'm Going Home
1. Chest Fever
2. Baby Don't Do It
3. Tears Of Rage
4. We Can Talk
5. Long Black Veil
6. Don't You Tell Henry
7. Ain't No More Cane
8. Wheels On Fire
9. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
10. The Weight
Blood Sweat And Tears
1. More And More
2. I Love You Baby More Than You Ever Know
3. Spinning Wheel
4. I Stand Accused
5. Something Coming On
1. Mama, Talk To Your Daughter
2. To Tell The Truth
3. Johnny B Goode
4. Six Feet In The Ground
5. Leland Mississippi Blues/Rock Me Baby
6. Mean Mistreater
7. I Can't Stand It (With Edgar Winter)
8. Tobacco Road (With Edgar Winter)
9. Mean Town Blues
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
(Set One - Unplugged)
1. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
3. Helplessly Hoping
5. Marrakesh Express
6. 4 + 20
7. Mr Soul
9. You Don't Have To Cry
(Set Two - Plugged)
10. Pre-road Downs
11. Long Time Gone
13. Sea Of Madness
14. Wooden Ships
15. Find The Cost Of Freedom
16. 49 bye-byes
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
1. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
3. Born Under A Bad Sign
4. All My Love Comin' Through To You
5. Love March
1. Na Na Theme
2. Jakety Jak
3. Teen Angel
4. Jailhouse Rock
5. Wipe Out
6. Who Wrote The Book Of Love
7. Duke Of Earl
8. At The Hop
9. Na Na Theme
1. Message To Love
2. Hear My Train A Comin'
3. Spanish Castle Magic
4. Red House
5. Master Mind
6. Here Comes Your Lover Man
7. Foxy Lady
10. Gypsy Woman
12. Voodoo Child /Stepping Stone
13. Star Spangled Banner
14. Purple Haze
15. Woodstock Improvisation/Villanova Junction
16. Hey Joe
The Pied Piper of Woodstock - Artie Kornfeld - The man befind the Woodstock vision
The Pied Piper of Woodstock
Woodstock Museum Opened June 2nd 2008
Woodstock: Peace, Music & Memories - Woodstock 1969 pictures, stories and memories
Peace, Music and Memories by Brad Littleproud and Joanne Hague
Woodstock 40th Anniversary Tribute - Woodstock: Peace, Music & Memories - Woodstock photos and memories
This video gives you a bit more insight into the book "Woodstock 40th Anniversary Tribute - Woodstock: Peace, Music & Memories" that is shown right about this video.
This book is very emotional for me as I was able to contribute photos and memories of Woodstock.
Brad & Joanne have done an excellent job of creating a book that takes you inside Woodstock and lets you see it through the eyes of those who were there.
Peace, Memories & Music by Brad Littleproud & Joanne Hague
The director & videographer of Woodstock:3 Days Of Peace & Music
While I found a great video interview of Michael on Youtube that video has now been removed from their line up.
I'll continue to look for another great video to show you but until then here are a few places to get more info on Michael.
Get to know Michael Wadleigh better by visiting these links
Pretty Cool Woodstock 1969 Related Links
Artie Kornfeld's site The father of Woodstock 1969 Artie is a man who continues to work towards peace, a philanthropist who has given of himself over and over again, a person who shaped the music industry and above all the holder of light )
would also like to thank the many sites that are linking to this page and listing it as a top Woodstock resource page!
Iwas one of the lucky ones who went to Woodstock (and remember most of it :-) ), and it's an experience that has changed my life for the better. Even almost 40 years later I still can hear the music and get that peaceful feeling every time I smell cow manure (if you were there you'd understand that statement).
If you had any special moments or if Woodstock had a life lasting effect on you too, please share them.
And if you didn't make it to Woodstock do you think that you would have gone? Remember it was advertised mainly as an art fair and only as the date approached was the music the main focus.
Now that the 40th reuinions have taken place....
We have added a new guest book right below this and would like to know if you had a chance to attend any of the Woodstock 40th reunions.
Do you think that there should be a 40th Woodstock reunion festival?
Have you ever noticed that in many Woodstock photos you see many orange tents?
Well for those of us who pre-ordered our tickets by mail we also had the option of purchasing an inflatable tent for $5 and many like me took advantage of the offer.
Woodstock 25th Anniversary Cola
Although I wasn't able to make it for the 25th Anniversary, I was able to score an unopened cola can. I thought that the design on the can was kind of fitting for the 25th.
Please Visit Us Again
I hope that you have enjoyed this little piece of the past. For me it is a true labor of love and social sharing. Please bookmark and stop back again as you'll never know what we'll add next.
If you haven't already, please leave a comment in my guest book.
The photograph of the VW Beetle pictured at the right was not taken at Woodstock but was taken a few days before the festival.
Pretty cool paint job, don't you think?
All of the photos and scanned memorabilia (with the exception of those with hyperlinks) are all part of my personal collection.
Woodstock 1969 - Facts You May Not Know
This page is dedicated to my Mom, who was not only nice enough to allow my brother and I to go to Woodstock (and who saved tons of newspaper clippings about Woodstock while I was there) but who also taught my brother and I to always be true to ourselves.
We miss you!
2/22/22 - 7/04/92
There were two main 40th reunions - the 40th at the original site at Bethel and West-Fest in California. There were also a host of reunions worldwide.
We would like to know if you were lucky enough to attend any of these reunions and what your experience was.