Monday, August 16, 2010

Peace: day 2

Forty one years ago today, on August 16th 1969, organizers of the Woodstock music and art became convinced that their original estimates of “no more that 50,000 people attending the festival” were wrong. Billed as: "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music" the festival had morphed into an uncontrollable happening.

Fences were pushed down and all sanitation was overwhelmed. It rained. Everything, including naked throngs of skinny dippers, eventually ran into Filippini Pond on the north side of Yasgur’s farm.

The longest day of the event featured the headline psychedelic rockers.  The "day" went overnight, and the Jefferson Airplane did not finish until after 8:30AM on the 17th.

Saturday, 16 August 1969
• Quill
• Country Joe McDonald
• John Sebastian
• Santana
• Keef Hartley Band
• Canned Heat
• Mountain
• Grateful Dead
• Creedence Clearwater Revival
• Janis Joplin
• Sly & the Family Stone
• The Who
• Jefferson Airplane

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