20 Things You Might Not Know About The Woodstock Music Festival

Picture it: Upstate New York, August 1969.

1. The festival was organized in six months by Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfield.

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2. There was a total of 32 bands who performed under the sun, beneath the stars, and in the rain.

Baez… Janis… Santana… The Family Stone… GAH.

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3. The festival was originally scheduled to take place in Woodstock, NY but since there weren’t any suitable ground sites, it was moved to a town called Wallkill.

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Wallkill then decided they didn’t want a sea of drugged-out hippies in their town, so they enforced a law that banned the festival from happening.

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In mid-July, only a month before the festival, Max Yasgur offered his dairy farm in Bethel, NY to be the official location for the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair.

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4. The Woodstock Festival was released as a documentary in 1970 and was a great commercial success. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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5. A live album of the concert was also released in 1970.

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6. The couple featured on Woodstock’s live album cover, Nick and Bobbi Ercoline, are married.

40+ years of hippie marital bliss.

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7. An estimated number of 400,000 people attended the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair.

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8. The thousands of flower children who flooded Bethel created a huge traffic jam.

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Arlo Guthrie announced during his set that the New York State Thruway was officially closed.

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9. Richie Havens wasn’t supposed to be the opening act, but the bands that were initially scheduled were late because of traffic. Richie improvised a song that would be forever associated with the Woodstock Festival: “Freedom.”

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10. Tickets for the three day event were sold for $18 in advance and $24 at the site. But due to the unexpected invasion of flower children, the festival became free.

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11. A Jewish Community made 200 sandwiches for the attendees. These hearty sandwiches, served with pickles, were handed out by nuns.

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12. 90% of concert-goers smoked marijuana.

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13. These groovy signs were made so attendees wouldn’t get lost.

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14. Neil Young refused to be filmed for the movie while performing with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Neil sticking it to the MAN.

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15. Jefferson Airplane demanded $12,000 for their set, and The Who, Janis Joplin, and the Grateful Dead also wouldn’t perform until they were paid.

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16. Joni Mitchell was set to perform at the festival, but her manager advised her to stay back and appear on The Dick Cavett Show the next day.

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Don’t worry though — she made up for it by writing the major Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hit, “Woodstock.”

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17. John Lennon had an interest in performing at Woodstock, but he told organizers his entry into the U.S. was denied by President Nixon.

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18. There was a total of 80 lawsuits against Michael Lang and the organizers, which were eventually paid off from the Woodstock film.

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19. There was a notorious thunderstorm toward the middle of the weekend, in which attendees chanted “No rain, no rain” to stop the rain fall.

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20. Jimi Hendrix closed the event on Monday morning, performing a two-hour set. By then there were only 30,000 attendees because of the rain.

Only a small chunk of hippies witnessed the greatest moment in rock history: Hendrix’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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