The 1969 Woodstock festival was one of the defining moments of the 1960s and has become synonymous with peace, love and all that is groovy. These pictures show just how wild and crazy the legendary event really was.
Woodstock was the brainchild of manager Michael Lang and songwriter Artie Kornfield, and it was envisioned as a way to raise funds for the pairs’ burgeoning recording studio. Organizers promised “Three Days of Peace and Music” and a concert that would provide a brief home for the growing musical and social counter-culture of the time.
Local dairy farmer Max Yasgur agreed to house the event on his 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York at a cost of $75,000. And although Lang and Kornfield predicted 200,000 attendees, they assured town officials that only 50,000 people would arrive.