The New York Times, which the year before had become the first mainstream newspaper to hire a full-time rock critic, initially sent just one reporter to cover the festival in August of When that reporter, Barnard L. Collier, got to Bethel, N. Gelb told William E.
In a time when Americans were deeply divided on everything from traditional societal structures to foreign wars, three days of peace and music seemed to be exactly what the world needed. On August 15, , one of the most celebrated music festivals in history took place in a field in Bethel, NY. What followed was beyond anything anyone could have predicted. The cultural phenomenon no one foresaw transformed an ordinary field into a historic landmark where legendary performers played to more than , people. Unimaginable mud and unforgettable moments transformed Woodstock Music and Art Fair into a cultural rallying cry for an entire generation. Bethel, NY. The festival was supposed to be in the town of Woodstock, NY originally, and the name stuck. August 15 th th The festival was meant to only last three days, but bad weather and traffic jams caused many delays and performances were pushed late into the night each night and early into the morning, finishing up on Monday, August 18 th.
Planners had told the Yasgurs and town officials that they expected no more than 50, attendees, and were overwhelmed by the huge crowds. Woodstock became a major cultural event, amplified by news coverage, a popular documentary film, and the music that became symbolic of an era. Young people on the road arrive at the Woodstock Music Festival on August 16, A group of people step over a torn-down fence in order to enter the Woodstock grounds in August A red six-wheeler drives down the side of a dirt road to the camping area. A woman named Psylvia dances in the midst of the crowd.
The Woodstock Music Festival began on August 15, , as half a million people waited on a dairy farm in Bethel, New York, for the three-day music festival to start. Lang had organized the successful Miami Music Festival in and Kornfeld was the youngest vice president at Capitol Records. Roberts and Rosenman were New York entrepreneurs involved in building a Manhattan recording studio. The four men formed Woodstock Ventures, Inc.