The Rock And Roll History Of Woodstock


Woodstock was an all-out musical celebration held in the summer of 1969 on the farm of Max Yasgur in Bethel, New York. Billed by some as an Aquarian Festival: 3 days of peace & music, it drew an audience of over 400,000. It was also considered a pivotal moment for the whole hippie movement. As well as being the site where many iconic music moments were born, Woodstock remains one of the most significant events in popular music history.

A concert that featured bands such as Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and others, Woodstock was known as the first rock & roll concert. Although it didn’t have an official beginning, the event’s success had to be attributed to the efforts of organizers including producer Norman Vincent Peele. With no prior experience, he began assembling a roster of stars that included singers such as John Cougar Mellencamp, John Entwistle, Eddie Cochran, and Don Was. Woodstock opened with a performance by the group Cream, which would go on to become one of the biggest hits of its time, and ended with an amazing performance by Janis Joplin.

However, Woodstock’s reputation and longevity have also were credited to the pioneering spirit of those who took part, and to the music and art on display. Though the musical genre it represents is not as widely recognized today, it remains a major landmark in American music. The concerts at Woodstock are still very popular and the festival still attracts thousands of attendees every year.

Despite the popularity of Woodstock, the location on the farm is no longer as popular. With a long list of stars having performed in the town, including artists such as Neil Young, Elvis Presley, and Bob Dylan, it is no longer as popular as it was in its heyday. Still, it has its own reputation and remains a pilgrimage site for many.

Woodstock became a sensation in part because of its founder, Norman Vincent Yasgur. Born in Germany in 1920, he joined the Army during World War II but later left, disillusioned with the war effort. After returning to the United States, he started a dairy farm near Woodstock with the goal of producing quality milk.

He soon realized that his small operation was far too small to be profitable and began to grow the business into a concert site for stars. In 1966, he began to recruit local performers and invited them to perform at Woodstock, and soon Woodstock became a magnet for a string of famous musicians. Some of them performed at Woodstock, while others came later, including Elvis Presley.

One of the first acts to be brought into Woodstock was the band Cream. The band’s members were not keen to take part in the concert, but ended up taking part when they discovered that it would include them. Cream were so popular that they stayed in Woodstock and played there every year, even though they eventually moved on to other venues.

Other famous performers who appeared at Woodstock included Neil Young, the Stones, John Cougar Mellencamp, and the Jefferson Airplane. In addition to music acts like these, many celebrities made history at the concerts including the Velvet Underground, Paul McCartney, and the Beatles. Even the Spice Girls made a trip to Woodstock as well as Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

Not all the music stars were able to make it to the concert, however. Many famous people who made Woodstock trips included Barbra Streisand, Jennifer Aniston, Ozzy Osbourne, and John Travolta. One of the most famous bands to ever play Woodstock was the Rolling Stones, and even the band’s original guitarist, Charlie Watts, managed to make it to the concert. As a result, Woodstock became one of the most popular stops on the world-famous Rolling Stones tour.

Jerry Remy also took part in the event and was killed when a truck struck his car and then exploded, but luckily he survived. While he was at the concert, the Stones played many of their hits, such as “Sympathy For The Devil,” “Walk The Line,” and “Sympathy.”

Despite the band’s popularity continuing, many believe that Woodstock is now too “touristy” and lacks the sense of authenticity that it once had. Still, the concert continues to be a wonderful venue for a unique experience.