Woodstock Was A Milestone In The Great Hippie Movement
It’s about the time in the 1960s to 1970s when hippie culture was on the rise. We may or may not know much about the Woodstock music festival. It was a massive music concert organized mainly by four friends just for spreading and living the idea of peace and love.
The Beginning Of The Woodstock Festival
In 1969, four friends Artie Kornfield, Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman, and John P. Roberts decided to organize a music concert to promote the hippie philosophy ‘make love, not war’. They wanted to have a 3-day music extravaganza where world-renowned musicians and the local artists will share the stage and spread the message of peace and love. Nearly 4,00,000 people showed up to attend the concert. And most of the later entries were made free due to lack of infrastructure and ticket booths.
The Conception And Hurdle
The name of the concert was derived from the Woodstock Ventures, a music studio founded by these four friends. They planned to rope in the famous musicians like Bob Dylan for their musical ventures. However, Bob Dylan never made it to the Woodstock Music Festival. After the confirmation of more than two dozen artists for a 3-day concert, the owners of the venue backed out. When just a month was left for the concert, the organizers found a new place, Bethel Town near New York. Despite the initial denial from the locals, the farm’s owner allowed them to use his farm for the concert.
When The Concert For Earning Profit Had To Be Free Of Cost
The organizers had initially pre-sold about 1,00,000 tickets and had planned to sell the rest for $18 and $24 on the gate. The venue had to be changed just before the show, and the people had started coming a week before, the organizers were left with no option other than letting people get in free of cost. The infrastructure was still incomplete, and there were no ticket booths erected.
No Violence Despite The Inconvenience
Surprisingly, there was no violence or harsh behaviour reports during the entire concert. The locals who had earlier believed that hippies are a group of indecent and misguided youth had to change their minds and admit that each one of them was courteous and well-mannered. They had just gathered together to enjoy some good music and let themselves free. Also, there had been no time for the organizers to displace the cattle of the farm; people didn’t mind attending the concert along with cows and chicken roaming around.
Drug Controversies And Cleaning Up
Reports tell that drugs were openly used and sold throughout the concert and some casualties were also reported. However, the Woodstock festival stuck to its agenda of love and peace, and there was no misbehavior recorded. Nonetheless, reports show that acid bottles were sold openly, and even the ice was spiked with acid. Nearly 25-30 people needed medical assistance every day in the 3-day long festival.
When the festival finally ended, only 25,000 people were left from 4,00,000 and cleaning up the venue seemed to be a mammoth task. The weather had been harsh, and there was mud all around. Some generous volunteers even stayed back after the event to help clean up the venue. The concert had financially drained out the organizers, but it succeeded in achieving its goal of spreading the message of love and peace through music.