Woodstock Music and Arts Fair

Title

Woodstock Music and Arts Fair

Subject

Counterculture

Description

Between August 15 and August 18, 1969, an estimated 400,000 members of the counterculture generation descended on Max Yasgur's farm near White Lake, New York, to attend a series of sometimes rain-soaked concerts by 32 popular musical acts, including Janis Joplin, Santana, Canned Heat, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Country Joe & the Fish, Ravi Shankar, The Band, Johnny Winter, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Sha-Na-Na, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, and Jimi Hendrix, whose searing, cacophonous performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner" on the final day of the festival has become iconic in the years since the event. Woodstock - which billed itself as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music" - is one of the primary historical markers of the Sixties counterculture. A 1970 documentary on the festival won an Academy Award and the accompanying triple LP record reached #1 on the pop music chart that same year.

Creator

Woodstock Music and Arts Fair

Source

Roz Payne

Publisher

Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date

1969

Format

Button

Type

Physical Object

Collection

Citation

Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, “Woodstock Music and Arts Fair,” Roz Payne Sixties Archive, accessed October 28, 2020, https://rozsixties.unl.edu/items/show/112.

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