Sunday, August 15, 2010

Peace: day 1

Forty one years ago today, on August 15th 1969, the Woodstock music and art fair opened. Located on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm near the town of Bethel in New York State; the festival would become an iconic event.

The first day featured folk artists and the creation of some of the largest traffic jams ever known. Arlo Guthrie announces that “The New York state thruway is closed”.

Swami Satchidananda gives the invocation for the festival at 7:10 PM shortly after Richie Havens finishes his set with the song “Motherless Child”.

Friday 15 August 1969
• Richie Havens
• Sweetwater
• The Incredible String Band
• Bert Sommer
• Tim Hardin
• Ravi Shankar
• Melanie
• Arlo Guthrie
• Joan Baez

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