Woodstock Festival Marks Cultural Turning Point (Great Events: 1900-2001)
Article abstract: A three-day music festival is unexpectedly attended by more than 400,000 people and rapidly evolves into a celebration and juncture of radical cultural and political trends of the 1960’s.
In March, 1969, Artie Kornfeld, Michael Lang, John Roberts, and Joel Rosenman joined in a partnership called Woodstock Ventures, named after a rural New York town where many famous musicians were living. They had originally formed the investment group with the idea of hosting a music party to raise capital for a recording studio in the vicinity of Woodstock. Fueled by early publicity, the idea took on a life of its own and quickly captured the imagination and enthusiasm of many young people, for whom music invoked and celebrated the cultural transformations of the 1960’s. After much searching and a false start in another location, the group eventually decided on the town of Bethel, New York, and contracted to use the dairy farm of Max Yasgur. The Hog Farm, a commune led by Hugh “Wavy Gravy” Romney, was contracted to provide an organizational support structure, and an agreement was made with Warner Brothers to support a camera and recording crew led by independent filmmaker Michael Wadleigh.
Negotiations began to engage a wide array of antiestablishment musicians, and projections of attendance continued to rise as the concert date approached, but neither the promoters nor local...
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