In 1969 the United States was experiencing turmoil both at home and abroad as the Vietnam War continued to escalate.
Americans were trying to cope with the loss of family members in Vietnam, while subjected to constant political bickering in the streets. Some ran to join the hippies on the West Coast, while some grew tense at home. Many desperately needed a break and did not even know it. In 1969, Woodstock would give thousands of faithful music fans relief from the constant barrage of political unrest.
Woodstock, a once half-cocked idea, transformed into a monumental congregation of half a million people who laughed, danced, and sang together as equals.
The line-up assembled for Woodstock was perhaps the greatest line-up ever assembled. Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, The Band, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, Santana, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, and more performed during the four-day event. Legendary performances went down at Woodstock like Hendrix closing the concert with “The Star-Spangled Banner” or Joe Cocker crushing “Get High With A Little Help From My Friends.”
At Woodstock in 1969 nobody was turned away.
Beyond the trampled fences of the music event war, hatred, and oppression were everywhere. On every corner the division of the nation’s population and the voicing of why they hate each other. Woodstock deafened the opinions and the hatred.
Being a member of a particular group was unimportant for four glorious days of detachment. The common thread called music brings everyone together because songs can touch the soul of anyone because music does not discriminate. The power of the music played at Woodstock brought together those who always choose to be apart.
The sequence of events that unfolded at Woodstock were perfectly chaotic and beautifully unpredictable.
No amount of planning could have created something as incredible as Woodstock. Some of the most iconic performances in history were the result of improvisations and last minute decisions. Bonaroo, Lollapalooza, and Coachella are all the offspring of this crucial festival drawing the map for success. In 1969, Woodstock changed the history books by changing the world.