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49 years ago today, 400,000 people descended on a farm for the greatest music festival of all time

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 16 Aug 2018


This August marks the 49th anniversary of the famedWoodstock Music and Art Festival, which took place onMax Yasgur's 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York.Every notable musician of the time, from Jimi Hendrix to Janis Joplin, played during the three-day festival. Even with 400,000 attendees, zero reports of violence were made to the police during or after the festival, and with two babies reportedly born on the premises, it certainly was a weekend of peace, love, and music.Ahead, take a look at those who made it into the music festival's premises and became part of the renowned "Woodstock generation."SEE ALSO:Vintage photos show what Glastonbury music festival was like in 1989When residents of Wallkill, New York, denied plans for Woodstock to occur near their town, farmer Max Yasgur came to the rescue, offering his land near Bethel at the price of $75,000.Woodstock was created by the then-novice promoters John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield, and Michael Lang. Originally, the four had hoped the festival would be a way to raise funds to build a recording studio and rock-and-roll retreat near Woodstock, New York.Tickets to the event cost $6.50 a day, and festival organizers told authorities they were expecting around 50,000 people, even when 186,000 tickets had already been sold.See the rest of the story at Business Insider
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