If ever there was anything that can define the 60’s, it was all about the struggle to become free, equal, and one. People were yearning to be as one in the face of problems, discrimination, war, and self-serving politics. They have longed for peace and solidarity. And if ever there was one thing that enabled the people to become free and at peace during those troubled times of the 60’s, it came at the conclusion of the wild decade. It was during the Woodstock music festival.
The Woodstock music festival happened from August 15 to 17, 1969. Despite its name, which was after the festival’s original venue, it relocated into a dairy farm in the town of Bethel, when the local residents shot down the idea of the festival in their area.
The Woodstock music festival was organized initially as a profit-making venture. But due to the influx of attendees that numbered around 400,000 along with a series of mishaps and venue changes, it was eventually made into a free concert. The organizers were not able to cope up with such a large crowd. The music festival lasted four days with different singers and bands brought in to play. Among the most notable included Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, The Who, The Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix, among many others.
The Woodstock music festival was significant in that it became a defining moment in the history of rock and roll and the emergence of the hippie counterculture. It was also noted for being a relatively peaceful and harmonious music festival despite its huge attendance of around 400,000 people and all the possibilities of accidents, disasters, looting, riots and a catastrophe waiting to happen. In the end there was social harmony with the attendees meeting together just to enjoy the experience and the music.