Original Facebook post July 22, 2017 at 6:42 PM
On August 15, 1969, a small village in pastoral New York hosted a music festival that would go down in history as the greatest concert event of all time. The Woodstock Music & Art Fair held on Max Yasgur's 600 acre dairy farm attracted an audience of over 400.000 people. During the weekend, 32 acts performed through rain or shine. And in the process, Woodstock created an experience so iconic that it has been immortalized in movies and documentaries (links here, here, here and here), created legendary love stories (link here) and memorable parodies of the performances (link here and here), and the location is now a designated historic site.
On July 22, 2017, I went to Woodstock with my daughter, Jessie, thanks to her Mom, Kelly's suggestion. The Bethel Woods Museum hosts many memories from that epic cultural event. The adjacent grounds serve as a modern day concert site which features some of top performers in rock and roll - past and present. And just down a quaint farm road sits the serene site where the actual concert was held.
Even though my daughter and I come from vastly different generations, both of us were moved by this experience. And on our ride home we listened to a song that described it best then - and now, nearly 50 years later. It is called appropriately "Woodstock". The song was written by band member, Steven Still's girlfriend, Joni Mitchell, and was made famous in this version by rock super group, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - cue epic guitar intro here. I hope it brings back many great memories of a time and place that truly believed in a future of peace, love and music.
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