The Woodstock Music Festival Marks the Climax of the 1960’s (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: An estimated 400,000 young people gathered to hear rock music at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, one of the most significant events in the history of the counter-culture of the 1960’s.
Summary of Event
The road to Woodstock began in Monterey, California. It was there from June 16 to 18, 1967, that approximately seven thousand fans who bought tickets--and an estimated fifty thousand who did not--heard some of the most famous rock acts of the 1960’s, including the Who, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, and others.
Monterey was a success on a number of levels. First, the affair made money. Second, the 1968 documentary film that recorded the event, Monterey Pop, reached a wide audience and introduced many fans to some exciting new talent (notably Jimi Hendrix, who created a sensation). Third, as a showcase for San Francisco talent--Janis Joplin (who performed with Big Brother and the Holding Company), Country Joe and the Fish, and the Jefferson Airplane, all of whom would appear at Woodstock two years later--Monterey captured the key symbols of the emerging counter-culture in the idyllic “Summer of Love.”
In the wake of Monterey, rock festivals became common, at no time more so than in 1969. Successful events were held in Toronto (attended by an estimated fifty thousand people) and Atlanta (with an attendance of 140,000). The Rolling Stones performed for about...
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