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Photos From The Legendary 1969 Woodstock Rock Festival

Forty-five years ago, the mother of all rock festivals took place. Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, over 400 thousand young people flocked to Bethel, New York to take part in what would become the zenith of 1960s counterculture.


Initially expecting only 100,000 people, Woodstock swelled to over 400,000 revelers. Concert organizers realized that they had neither the means or resources to prevent the flood of people and thus made the concert ‘free’ by cutting all the fences surrounding the festival area.

On and off again rain became a staple of the Woodstock weekend, though that didn’t stop the energy or proceedings of the festival.

Today, we take a look back at the highlight of the summer of love with these amazing Woodstock photos.

If you enjoyed these photos of Woodstock 1969, check out our other posts:
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Thank you to Life, the New Haven Register, and Reddit for some of the Woodstock photos above.

And if you love all things Woodstock, we recommend you check out these video.

It contains 69 cuts from the three hour Woodstock documentary directed by Michael Wadleigh and released in 1970.

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