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1969: The Famous Woodstock Festival actually Wasn’t Held in Woodstock

1969: The Famous Woodstock Festival actually Wasn’t Held in Woodstock
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  • Historical event:
  • 15 August 1969
  • The town of Woodstock in the U.S. state of New York did not have an adequate capacity for such a large number of people, so the location chosen was a farm located some 70 km southwest of it. The farm where the concert was eventually held was the property of Max Yasgur, a local dairy farmer.

The famous Woodstock festival, a musical festival which attracted a very large number of hippies, was held on this day in 1969.

It is interesting that the festival wasn’t actually held in the town of Woodstock. Namely, the town of Woodstock in the U.S. state of New York did not have an adequate capacity for such a large number of people, so the location chosen was a farm located some 70 km southwest of it.

The farm where the concert was eventually held was the property of Max Yasgur, a local dairy farmer. It was located in the U.S. state of New York, only around 10 km away from the border with Pennsylvania.

The governor of the state of New York at that time was Nelson Rockefeller, later a U.S. vice president and a member of one of the richest families in world history.

Several hundred thousand people gathered at Max Yasgur’s farm. The performers included Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Joan Baez, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker and many others. The festival lasted almost four days, and the last to perform was Jimi Hendrix.

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