New Picture (3)1969 was the year of sexual revolution, war and the music festival which will be remembered forever, Woodstock. On 15 August 1969 the festival set off with four days of peace and music, four days which would fascinate generations to come. Lara Beard takes a look at the legendary music event.

Woodstock encapsulated the feeling of its time, that note of optimism for a better, brighter future. Exactly 40 years ago over 300,000 people gathered in the rural town of Bethel outside New York to live and celebrate with others who shared their liberal outlook on life and their yearning for peace and freedom. Woodstock was to be a hippie heaven where dreams of revolution would mix with the serene state of mind of fellow festival goers, not surprisingly the drug use at the festival is as legendary as the line up of performers.

Despite the mud and rain, which notoriously hit the event, it would not deter festival goers from enjoying what they had come to hear, the music. The likes of Joan Baez, Janice Joplin, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix were among the many who would revolutionize music history by playing until sunrise to all who wished to hear.

Due to the sheer number of people who showed up to Woodstock, tens of thousands more than expected, the organisers were forced to cut the fences to avoid the crowd harming themselves whilst being pressed against each other. Eventually they announced the event was free, prompting thousands more to head for the concert.

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