Woodstock Photos Reveal Peace, Love, And Politics In A Way We've Never Seen Before 

By Lyra Radford | July 28, 2017

Woodstock, the most famous music festival in rock 'n' roll history, took place August 15-18, 1969. It was marketed as "three days of peace and music" from 32 of the most iconic artists in American music history. It was the embodiment of the free spirit of the 1960s. 

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Pictured here is a hippie practicing crowd-surfing techniques in a pile of hay. Source: Pinterest

It was more than a music festival it was a cultural landmark for an entire generation. Despite the absurd amount of people that descended on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm near the town of White Lake, it was still a surprisingly peaceful event. That’s not to say there weren't any problems... it wasn't all peace, love, and rock and roll.  

Woodstock itself was an example of anti-capitalism at its finest

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Woodstock was the brainchild of band manager Michael Lang and songwriter Artie Kornfeld. The initial goal was to hold an art and music festival over the course of three days, to raise enough money to build a recording studio in Woodstock. It was just a cash grab for them, they wanted to lure the hippies in with bands and make a bunch of money off them. What they created, however, took on a life of its own and became the most famous music festival in rock history. And they didn't make a dime. They were at least $1.3m in the hole debt and it took over a decade for the backers to recoup the losses.