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RockBoar.com Picture    Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock or The Woodstock Festival) was a music festival, billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music". 

     By Wednesday, August 13, some 60,000 people had already arrived and set up camp. On Friday, the roads were so clogged with cars that performing artists had to arrive by helicopter. Though over 100,000 tickets were sold prior to the festival weekend, they became unnecessary as swarms of people descended on the concert grounds to take part in this historic and peaceful happening.

    The music at Woodstock in 1969 embodied extraordinary popular acts from all over the world. Legendary performances by such music icons as Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Santana, the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin are still considered landmarks in music history. Woodstock in 1969 was also among the last performances of Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin who are seen as some of the best in their respective fields. The entire psychedelic music vein became popularized at Woodstock 69 and still influences bands of all ages to this day.

Performing artists

  Friday, August 15

  • Richie Havens
  • Swami Satchidananda – gave the invocation for the festival
  • Sweetwater
  • Bert Sommer
  • Ravi Shankar
  • Tim Hardin
  • Melanie
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Joan Baez

  Saturday, August 16

  Sunday, August 17 to Monday, August 18

  • The Grease Band
  • Joe Cocker
  • Country Joe and the Fish
  • Ten Years After
  • The Band
  • Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • Johnny Winter featuring his brother, Edgar Winter
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Sha-Na-Na
  • Jimi Hendrix

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