The Woodstock Festival was not only a pivotal moment in music history, but It’s also a symbol for an era and an important milestone in the unfolding of the counterculture phenomenon of the 1960s, that had a huge influence on modern society and culture.
The festival – formally known as Woodstock Music & Art Fair – took place in a 600-acre dairy farm southwest of Woodstock, New York, in the town of Bethel, in 1969. The event was billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, starting August 15, but eventually it ran over four days, ending on August 18 just before noon. Over the course of these four days more than half a million people visited the festival and listened in the rain to the 32 acts of leading and emerging performers of the time. Among the line-up were Joan Baez, Ravi Shankar, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendricks.
The documentary film Woodstock was released in 1970, received an Academy Award for Documentary Feature and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
The chart is set to 14.00 on 16 August 1969, when Carlos Santana attended the stage to start his performance.