Facts of
Woodstock Festival 1969
Ground Breaking and
Earth Shattering!

Peace – Love – Dove
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The Woodstock Music and Art Fair of 1969 involves a revered place in America’s popular society history, however, here are some fundamental realities encompassing the 1969 hippie celebration fest.

1. The Woodstock celebration didn’t really happen in Woodstock. The celebration coordinators had initially needed to hold the occasion in or close to the town of Woodstock in New York, yet they couldn’t discover a suitable area that was likewise accessible to have the show. They settled on a factory site close Middletown, New York (Town of Wallkill), yet their licenses were renounced a prior month the celebration was to happen. They were fortunate to discover Sullivan District dairy agriculturist Max Yasgur, who consented to permit them to have their celebration on his property in the Town of Bethel, New York. The closest town was White Lake  Woodstock, Wallkill, and White Lake all start with “W”?
2. The Woodstock celebration didn’t happen on Max Yasgur’s dairy ranch. The celebration really happened on one of his grasslands around three miles from his home homestead. Max had the biggest dairy operation in Sullivan Area at the time, and he possessed a few tracts of area for his cows and for developing roughage for food.
3. Woodstock Ventures charged David Edward Byrd, then the house craftsman at Charge Graham’s Fillmore East, as Graphic Designer for the Poster promoting the Woodstock Rock and Roll Celebration. His exceedingly adapted, flower power, extremely detailed poster offered a completely naked lady encompassed by angels, hearts, and arrows – and no space for the names of the groups. Nearby shop managers declined to show the posters, and the promoters needed something that would catch everyone’s eye, so they authorized another new design layout from Madison Avenue advertising design fellow by the name of Arnold Skolnick. Skolnick’s to take over the project, an improved configuration emphasizing a white dove perched on the neck of a guitar, against a brilliant red foundation. Skolnick’s punch line, “Three Days of Peace and Music,” turned into the energizing weep for the celebration, and his “dove and guitar” got to be quickly, globally popular and recognized.
4. Richie Havens opened the Woodstock celebration, despite the fact that he wasn’t booked to happen until later at night. Overwhelming activity had kept the opening demonstrations from landing at the celebration, and celebration coordinators persuaded him to make that big appearance around 5:15 p.m. on Friday evening. Alternate acts were still stuck in all the activity and could not get to the stage, so Richie Havens performed a few reprises, playing “every song he knew.” Scanning for an alternate melody to sing, he started strumming, getting into a notch, when the saying “Freedom” rang a bell. He sang his now-celebrated melody “Freedom” shockingly, in front of an audience at Woodstock, making the words up as he played. He later recounted the story of needing to see the film “Woodstock,” with the goal that he could hear how the melody went so he could perform it once more.
5. Two groups were planned to play Woodstock yet were not able to make the celebration. The Jeff Beck Group (offering Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, and Aynsley Dunbar) separated just weeks before the celebration. Iron Butterfly were stuck at Laguardia Air Terminal in New York and couldn’t get to the celebration by ground transportation, so they requested the celebration promoters send a helicopter for them. As the story goes, the promoters sent the band’s chief a telegram, the first letter of each one line spelling out the words “F*** You.” Iron Butterfly never landed at the celebration, they missed out on performing there. How awful for them!!
6. There was no official Woodstock stock at the Woodstock celebration. It’s difficult to fathom such an occasion today without shirts, hoodies, coozies, and a thousand other logo things available to be purchased every step of the way, yet the main authority trinket of the celebration was the 8-1/2 x 11 celebration program, which went to a great extent undistributed, huge numbers of them being discarded still in their crates after the celebration. Security, stagehands, and other team parts were issued shirts and windbreakers with the Woodstock logo on them, and they have turned into the enduring, notorious gifts of the celebration, and in addition various contraband things sold by venturesome celebration actively present people from their trunks or from stalls in the forested areas.
7. Regardless of Arlo Guthrie’s stage warning that “the New York State Throughway is closed, man,” the Throughway stayed open amid the Woodstock celebration. State police, on the other hand, did shut the Newburgh and Harriman retreats for a period trying to keep significantly more individuals from streaming to the celebration.
8. Amid the three days of the Woodstock celebration, there were no reported occurrences of brutality among the a large portion of million individuals in the gathering of the drug loving crazed hippies. Maybe the main recorded episode happened in front of an audience, as Abbie Hoffman hurried the stage amid a break in The Who’s set. Hoffman took the mike and started a semi-cognizant tirade about liberating John Sinclair from penitentiary, when Pete Townshend turned, hollered at Hoffman to get off “my stage,” and hit the extremist in the head with the neck of his guitar. Hoffman left the stage, and The Who continued with their set.


9. Notwithstanding the way that stage announcements and daily papers reported no less than two births at Woodstock, to date, nobody has ventures forward as a Woodstock infant. Current thought is that one child was conceived in an auto on the way to the celebration, and an alternate was conceived in a neighborhood clinic after its mother was carried out of the celebration in the process of childbirth. These characters of these infants are likewise not known. There are, nonetheless, incalculable individuals who case to have been imagined at the Woodstock celebration.
10. The 4 hour film documentary “Woodstock” won the Best Documentary Oscar in 1970. From that point forward, it has been re-discharged a few times with included show footage and additional items. The film was controlled by Michael Wadleigh, who tapped youthful movie producer Martin Scorsese to be a partner executive and film manager Thelma Schoonmaker to be senior editor. Scorsese and Schoonmaker have remained an director-editor working as a team together still up ’til the present time, and Woodstock was their first film together.
11. The bands who were featured in the movie “Woodstock”  became s huge part of the lasting legacy of the celebration. A presentation of the best musical demonstrations of the time played at Woodstock, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Band, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Creedence Clearwater Recovery, Jefferson Plane, Ten Years After, Joan Baez, Santana, Joe Cocker, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Youthful. The individuals who didn’t show up in the film, in the same way as Keef Hartley Band, and Quill, didn’t get the support the others did. Uneven exhibitions by The Grateful Dead, The Band, and Janis Joplin kept them out of the first motion picture and not recognized for their exhibitions until later arrivals of the film.
12. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts opened in 2006 at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair. The famous hill on which the celebration crowd sat and appreciated three days of music has been protected, and Bethel Woods delightful outside show structure and gallery grounds is arranged on the slope neglecting the celebration field. The Structure has open air shows in the mid year months, and the Gallery is open from April through December.
13. A few of the first Woodstock entertainers have played at Bethel Woods, including Santana, Joe Cocker, Hot Fish (Jefferson Airplane), Starship (Jefferson Airplane), Joan Baez, Nation Joe Mcdonald, Richie Havens, Melanie, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Levon Helm (The Band), Arlo Guthrie, John Sebastian, Leslie West (Mountain), Sly and the Family Stone, and Furthur, Phil Lesh & Companions, and Ratdog (all Grateful Dead spinoffs). A large number of these entertainers have appreciated the historical center and strolled the famous Woodstock Festival site at Bethel Woods.


~AneurisM ☠

Photo Credits:  VintageEveryday, TimeLife







































~AneurisM ☠

Photo Credits:  VintageEveryday, TimeLife


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