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A Glimpse into Woodstock 1969 Through Classic Video

The 40th Anniversary of Woodstock is a time to reflect on the event that is said to have paved the way for recent music festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. Watching clips of the event shows that although the music has grown and evolved, the messages of peace, love, unity, and self expression still hold true today.

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Festival producers weren’t prepared for the 400,000 attendees that overwhelmed the small Bethel Town farm. Garbage cans overflowed and sanitation was a big concern.

Joe Cocker performs for a group of eager attendees. Individuals from all walks of life joined together for three days to celebrate peace and music.

Performer Arlo Guthrie provides his thoughts on the impact of Woodstock.

Although the majority of Bethel Town disapproved of the event, a number of residents still welcomed the rowdy crowd.

Helicopters are heard hovering over a massive group of Woodstock attendees singing collectively.

And although Woodstock is the most notorious music festival, made famous by the unexpected large crowd, traffic jams and lack of sanitation and first aid, the Monterey Pop festival of 1967 was the first large-scale American rock festival of its kind. 200,000 festival attendees saw the first major US appearances by The Who and Jimi Hendrix and performances from rising stars Janis Joplin and Otis Redding.

Some point to Monterey Pop Festival as the predecessor for Woodstock, along with today’s music festivals.

The influence Monterey Pop Festival had on music and culture is often overlooked as a result of Woodstock’s bigger than life notoriety.

The opinions included in this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of Thought Equity Motion.

Author: Ashley McMahon, Marketing Manager
Published: Aug 18, 01:59 PM

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