Woodstock music festival was a three-day music festival held at Max’s Yasgu’s 600 acre dairy farm in the town of Bethel, New York. Bethel is 69 km southeast of the town of Woodstock, hence the name Woodstock. The festival involved lots of drugs and mud among other things. Woodstock music festival has ever since become an image of the 1960’s hippie counterculture.it is known to be one of the greatest happenings in history, and forms the most pivotal moment in music history.
Interesting Facts About Woodstock
For most of us, the event exists as mythology. We only know it from photographs and documentaries.
1. Woodstock was conceived as an investment event
While this may come as a shock to many, Woodstock was initially publicized as an investment opportunity. In March 1968 John Roberts et al placed the following advert in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
“Young men with unlimited capital looking for interesting, legitimate investment opportunities and business propositions”
Of course this ad did not pan out, but it still led to the inception of an idea of three day art and music festival.
2. The promoters actually lied to make it happen
The next hunt for the founders was to find the location. Due to the reluctance of the folk to allow thousands and thousands of dirty, counter-culture youth on their property, the founders had to lie to that “there would only be 50, 000 concert goers” and that “they totally knew what they were doing”
Initially, Lang had anticipated that only 250, 000 people would attend (Hint: he actually stated 50, 00) the festival. He was wrong. He, in fact, received five times the number he stated. So, all his toilet pans amounted to nothing. Aside from the fact that there were 3 toilets for every 10, 000 people, a heavy rain raining. To crown it all, the traffic started piling up five days before the festival was scheduled to start. Even the idea of collecting money at the gate simply collapsed
Popularity of Woodstock music festival in 1960’s
Woodstock music festival was so popular that, two days to the set date (Wednesday), about 60 000 people had already arrived. On Friday, the roads were so jammed with vehicles that performing artists had to use helicopters. Prior to the festival weekend, over 100, 000had been sold. This, however, did not materialize since swarms of people raided the concert ground to take part in this peaceful and historic event. There were half a million people, taking part in four days of real music, well, it rained…and, as they say, the rest is history.
Popularity in 1999
To commemorate 30 years of the original concert, Woodstock 99 was held in 1999, during which more than 45 musical acts executed on 3 stages. Yes three! One of the three stages was preserved for the promotion of upcoming artists, though. Diverse music genres were performed including hip hop and soul. The line-up included who is who in the music industry such as James Brown, Willie Nelson and Wyclif Jean. Any other difference with Woodstock music festival of 1960’s, you ask? Yes. There were a whopping 200, 000 people in attendance.
The organizers of this great event didn’t have time to celebrate the fact that they had managed to create the most popular music concert in history. They had to deal with a debt of over 1 million Dollars and 70 lawsuits filed against them. Luckily, the film of the Festival turned into a hit movie. And the resulting profits covered a better part of the debt from the festival.…