“In a nation beset with a crescendo of violence, this is a vibrantly hopeful sign. If violence is infectious, so, happily, is nonviolence.” — Michael Lang, Concert Promoter & Co-Creator of the Woodstock Music Festival —
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the inaugural Woodstock, a three-day music festival that attracted almost half a million people to a dairy farm in upstate New York in 1969 for one of the most famous pop culture events of the decade. Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music”, the festival provided a light of positivity during a time when the United States was divided over everything from the controversial Vietnam War to the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement. Featuring the biggest musical artists of the time — acts like Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, The Who and Jefferson Airplane took center stage, overcoming bad weather and muddy conditions to create one of the most profound and historically significant events in the history of music.