15 Pictures that Show Just How Crazy Woodstock Really Was
It was the gathering of the decade. Woodstock was a music festival held in Bethel, New York in 1969 in which thousands of attendees let loose and flourished. The event turned into a sort of movement that many now view as one of the craziest festivals in American history. Here are fifteen pictures from Woodstock 1969 that represent the enthusiasm of the gathering.
1. “We smoked here”
There were numerous areas designated for smoking cigarettes and marijuana at Woodstock. Attendees took advantage of “smoke camps” by mingling with others and sharing the goods.
3. “All are welcome”
Children were not prohibited from attending Woodstock even though nudity and herbs were the norm. This little girl is definitely getting in touch with her wild side.
5. “Let the revolution begin!”
Marxism was one of many radical ideas promoted during the festival. An array of revolutionary literature was placed on display during Woodstock.
6. “Resting on the cycle”
Room and boarding were not carefully planned so many got creative when they wanted to take a nap. This gentleman took the liberty of resting on his bike in the midst of trash and other chaos at Woodstock.
7. “Greater heights and deeper depths”
What would you do when you were at a concert during the 1960’s and couldn’t see? Well, if you were one of the thousands at Woodstock, you climbed. These fans would stop at nothing to see their favorite performers onstage.
8. “We don’t care about rain”
There was no such thing as getting “rained out” at Woodstock. Fans stayed to hear their beloved artists regardless of the storm.
9. “Everyone’s a musician”
What is better than coming to a concert and hearing the greatest music of your life? Joining in on the fun! Woodstock attendees did just that with personal instruments that they brought from home. Fans broke out with clarinets, percussion instruments, tambourines and more during the festival.
10. “Denim is everything”
More than ten million attendees wore jeans at Woodstock. Such numbers are quite impressive since smartphones and emails were not available for fans to communicate and coordinate. Ten million individuals sporadically wearing denim to a single event is remarkable.
11. “Generosity gone wild”
Coordinators of Woodstock 1969 did not expect the event to be so widespread. As a result, the festival saw a shortage of food and thousands of attendees were at risk of missing a meal. Upon hearing of the crisis, a Jewish community center donated two hundred loaves of bread, forty pounds of meat, and two gallons of pickles to attendees. Talk about being generous!
12. “Playing in hay”
Hay was the saving grace for many who used the material for shelter and bedding. Unfortunately, one attendee was run over while resting in a hayfield during Woodstock. The incident was one of less than twenty fatalities reported during the event.
13. “Hanging out in traffic”
Getting to Woodstock wasn’t easy. Thousands of fans waited in traffic for hours as the popularity of the event caused a massive jam on the road. Some couldn’t wait to drive to the party and decided to park and walk instead. Other attendees rested on their vehicles while waiting for traffic to clear.
14. “I want to get away”
As creativity ran wild, many found unique ways to get away from the crowd. This attendee took the high road to enjoy a good read.
15. “Rock on!”
City officials thought no more than 50,000 fans would attend Woodstock 1969. They were wrong.