Woodstock "Three days of peace, love, and music."Denisse McKoy 4th Period
BackgroundWoodstock had a lastingimpact on the peacemovement of the late 60s. InAugust 1969, on a farm about50 miles from Woodstock,New York, half a millionhippies (the largest concertaudience ever) gathered tocelebrate and hear the musicof their time. News that someof the biggest Rock and Folksingers of the 60s would beheadlining brought in hippiesfrom across the country tothe small town of Bethel, NewYork; to a farm owned by aman named Max Yasgur.Because the festival wasrumored to be the largest
Who was Behind Woodstock The organizers of the Woodstock Festival were four young men, by the names of John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld, and Mike Lang. The oldest of the four was only 27 years old at the time of the Woodstock Festival. John Roberts was an heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. He and his friend Joel Rosenman were looking for a way to use Roberts money to invest in an idea that would make them even more money. They put an ad up in The New York Times that read, "Young men with unlimited capital looking for interesting, legitimate investment opportunities and business propositions." That’s when they met Artie Kornfeld and Mike Lang, who responded to the ad.
How Woodstock affected the Peace Movement Woodstocks stated mission was to provide people with three days of peace, love and music, while the country was involved in the Vietnam War. Their beliefs did not match with the countrys mood at the time. Peace was an act that was rarely seen in the late 60s. There were student protests, political assassinations, racial conflict, and riots that took place in the country constantly during that time. Hippies and youths across the country, protested and pleaded for
How they planned to spread the message of peaceDuring the 1950s, America had become less liberal and set onthe idea of what the perfect life of the American should be. Theyouth of the 60s (or the Baby Boomers of the 50s) believed inself expression, and rebelled against what they called the"conformist society". Whether it was by growing out their hair,which was looked down upon, dressing in wild and colorfulclothes and even experimenting with drugs. They werentafraid to voice their anti-war views, and protested for equalityfor all. Woodstock was a liberation in itself, through music,emotions, sex, and other forms of expression. It helped the “The music is still the highlight, butpersonal revolution that occurred in this decade the others that even more was the community, thefollowed. friendships, the exhilaration, the fatigue.” - Karen F, Woodstock attendee
Music was the peacekeeper at Woodstock. The weekend ofAugust the 15th through the 18th of 1969 marked a milestonein American history, where almost 500,000 people joinedtogether in peace for the sake of music. Even though sometickets for the event had been pre-sold, the directors ofWoodstock had announced it as a free event on the same daythat it started. There were already about 50,000 peoplecamping near the stage due to an unfinished gate and un-builtticket booths that allowed thousands of Woodstock goersenter without paying.News spread that Woodstock had become a free concert andthousands more showed up. Because the event was plannedlast minute, there were poorly working bathrooms, notenough food, and a lack of supplies for health and safety.Despite all of these challenges, it only seemed to have broughteveryone even closer together. People helped each other findany food to last them for the event.
The town of Bethel, usually a quiet town, had neverseen so many people. No one had planned for overhalf a million people to show up. The highways in thearea became over crowded and tight; used as parkingspaces because their was no room to drive aroundother cars. People abandoned their cars in the middleof the street and walked the rest of the way to thefestival.On August 16, in a Woodstock Coverage in the 1969Washington Post, The Woodstock traffic jam wasdescribed as the most patient traffic jam that had everbeen seen. It also quotes that there wasnt even anyhonking of horns.“There was nothing to do about it, except park andwalk, so everyone broke out guitars and drums andtambourines, sat on the hoods, trunks, and roofs of cars and tried to make the best of it.” -BJ Phillips
What Message did it send?Music was more thanenjoyment for thefans that attendedthe crowdedWoodstock festival, itwas life and it waswhat they stood for.For the hippies, themusic was a way totalk to the world in alanguage thateveryone couldunderstand. Even themusicians used theirmusic to voice theiropinions on the stateof the country duringthis time. Woodstockwas not divided
How it affected the culture and people of that era
How it continues toaffect us today The impact, good and bad, of the 1960’s hippie movement cannot be denied. The movement influenced popular music, television, film, literature, and the arts. The music industry, particularly the rock music segment, experienced an explosion in sales that has continued to this day. In subsequent years, unmarried couples no longer felt persecuted for living together. Frankness regarding sexual matters was common. Religious and cultural diversity gained greater acceptance. Even fashion was impacted as the popularity of the necktie and other business apparel declined and was replaced by more casual dress standards.
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