This month is the 40th anniversary of the legendary musical event called Woodstock! On Aug. 15, 1969, half a million people journeyed to Bethel dairy farm just outside of Woodstock, N.Y., to celebrate three days of music, peace and connecting with like-minded people.
People from all over came to listen to the groovy sounds of Joan Baez, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Who, Joe Cocker, and Jimi Hendrix, among many others. Many of these bands have been a staple in my music collection since I can remember. Woodstock happened before I was born, but I have always felt a strong connection with the late 60’s / 70’s time period.
In 1994 Woodstock returned! Approximately 350,000 people got to experience various styles of music from Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Ice-T, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Metallica and Cypress Hill, along with original bands like Santana and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Just like the first concert, the vibe was reportedly mellow, and by the end of the festival most of the field had turned to mud due to the rainy weather.
In July 1999 promoters attempted to bring Woodstock back once again. This time about an estimated 200,000 people showed up to hear music from Limp Bizkit, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Kid Rock, Korn, DMX, The Chemical Brothers, Godsmack, Moby, Snoop Dogg and many others.
The weather was severely hot and people who did not bring enough food or water were forced to pay elevated prices. Vendors were reportedly charging $12.00 for single-serving pizza and $4.00 just for a bottled water or soda.
Although the festival started peacefully, by the final evening concert goers became disgruntled. Durning the Red Hot Chilli Peppers performance of “Fire” by Jimi Hendrix, an angry mob began to light bonfires and set the concession stands on fire. ATM machines were flipped over and robbed, and several people were injured. A far cry from the original festival of love!
As for me, I wish I could travel back in time to 1969 to experience the peaceful festival that brought people together from all diffferent cultures and backgrounds. A time where people seemed to have an attitude of “what can I give”, rather than “what can I get”. A place where you could enjoy peace through music and bonding with those around you, even if it was just for a season. I hope that is where our next generation is heading….the hippies of the future!
Here’s a video from Crosby, Stills and Nash called “Woodstock” in honor of the 40th anniversary. If you subscribe by email you can go directly to Hippie Couture to view the video. For more on Woodstock visit these sites Woodstock.com and Woodstockstory.com.
Love All Around,
Cara Mia ♥