It Was 40 Years Ago Today: Woodstock Music and Art Fair

Jimi Hendrix rips into 'Purple Haze' as crowds cheer on from the scaffolding and the hilltops.

An estimated 450,000 people gathered at White Lake near Bethel, N.Y., for the three-day Woodstock Music and Art Fair on Aug. 15-17, 1969, and they witnessed a cultural landmark in the process.

Amid soggy conditions and reports of bad acid, the crowd watched acts like The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jefferson Airplane take the stage as the days and nights rolled on.

By Monday, Aug. 18, in The New York Times, “Security officials reported at least two deaths and 4,000 people treated for injuries, illness and adverse drug reactions over the festival’s three-day period.”


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