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December 15, 2016

In 1969, 400.000 people were reunited for three days (15-16-17 August) for the international music festival Woodstock. This event took place in Bethel, New York, on Max Yasgur’s fields. For those three days, about 32 artists performed and shared their music in a peace atmosphere.


Woodstock was the result of a partnership between John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfield and Michael Lang. Their idea was to make enough money from the event to build a recording studio near the arty New York town of Woodstock. After hard researches to find a place where the festival could invite all the expected people, Max Yasgur finally accepted to rent his fields to the promoters.

“Three days of peace and music. Hundreds of hectares to be travelled. Walking for three days without seeing a skyscraper or a red light. Flying a kite. Tanning. Cooking yourself your meals and breathing the pure air.” That was the festival’s advertisement which attracted thousands of people in order to share the values of music.


Line up :

Day one : Friday, August 15

Richie Havens
Sri Swami Satchidananda
Bert Sommer
Ravi Shankar
Time Hardin
Melanie Safka
Arlo Guthrie
Joan Baez

 Day two : Saturday, August 16

Country Joe McDonald
John B. Sebastian
Keef Hardley Band
The Incredible String Band
Canned Heat
The Grateful Dead
Creedence Clearwater Revival

 Day three : Sunday, August 17

The Who
Jefferson Airplane
Joe Cocker
Country Joe & The Fish
Janis Joplin
Ten Years After
The Band
Johnny Winter
Sly & The Family Stone
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young)
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Sha Na Na
Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was the last to perform at the festival. Because of the rain, there were delays on that Sunday; when Hendrix finally took the stage it was 8:30 Monday morning.

To sum up those three days, this festival was the meeting of hippie people who felt music deeply, met people who shared the same vision of how to enjoy concerts and a peaceful ambiance. But the assessment of Woodstock was not all positive. Indeed, it resulted in three deaths : one because of insulin, another was a non treated appendicitis  and the last one was a tractor crash. Fortunately, it’s not what people remeber of Woodsock because it became a historical event. That’s what Pascal Cordereix (a French sound engineer ) explains through these words “Woodstock became a legend, and remained deeply present in the minds; it is good because not only is it a musical event, but also a historical one.”


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