Woodstock Festival of 1969
On Love: I Came to Woodstock to Die–An Angel Saved My Life


Author: Patrick Colucci “I was a broken young man. One who set out to save the world only to become overcome by the waves of evil and despair, which pervaded the reality I found myself in, in 1960s America.” I knew it would happen. It’s 3 a.m. in the morning … Continue reading

Performance: ‘Soul Sacrifice’ at the Woodstock Festival

In this video, Santana and his band perform “Soul Sacrifice” at the 1969 Woodstock Festival. The passion and connection to the music is seen in both the band and the crowd as Santana plays his guitar solo and a young Woodstock audience grooves to the music.

Woodstock Festival of 1969
Memorable Performances of the 1969 Woodstock Festival


Some of the most unforgettable performances of the 1969 Woodstock Festival are commemorated. In this video, the reason that certain performances were so memorable are explained and clips of these artists playing for the Woodstock crowd are shown. An array of artists from folk singer Richie Havens to rock legend … Continue reading

Woodstock Festival of 1969
[Blog] 9 Facts About the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival

“Woodstock was both a peaceful protest and a global celebration.” -Richie Havens 1. The idea for Woodstock came from Michael Lang and Artie Kornfeld who were record company executives that wanted to raise money to build a recording studio in the town of Woodstock in upstate New York. 2. The … Continue reading

Woodstock Festival of 1969
Woodstock Revisited Ten Years Later

Author: Howard Smead “It had become so suddenly dark that I worried as we bobbed and weaved along the black, tree shrouded road that perhaps the Pied Piper was alive and well and piping in New York, a real animal picnic…”  There were three of us: Walt and myself, and … Continue reading

Walter Cronkite
Lessons Learned from Woodstock


Walter Cronkite, Richard O’Brien and John Laurence of the CBS News team cover the first ever Woodstock Music Festival as it finishes up on Monday August 18, 1969 on a dairy farm in White Lake, New York. O’Brien gives a live newscast directly from the scene of the festival as … Continue reading

Woodstock Festival of 1969
Richie Havens Stalls at Woodstock

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Singer Richie Havens, who was also the first performer at the original Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York on August 15, 1969, talks about his extended performance that ended up lasting two hours and 45 minutes. Because some of the bands that were supposed to come up after Havens were … Continue reading

The ‘Trip’ of a Lifetime for Santana


Carlos Santana and members from his original band describe the performance they put on at the first Woodstock Festival on August 15, 1969 in Bethel, New York. The band shares how they took LSD backstage, anticipating that they had hours until they were supposed to perform. As it turned out, … Continue reading

Woodstock Festival of 1969
‘One Giant Family’

Susan Rodriguez, self-proclaimed hippie that was present during the first Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York on August 15, 1969, takes us day-by-day through the music festival that helped to define a generation. Rodriguez discusses such topics as how people acted in a unified and loving manner, who her favorite … Continue reading

Woodstock Festival of 1969
Photojournalist Among a Hippie Tribe at Woodstock

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Author: Victor Englebert “I had not been a fan of hippies. I had seen them living sloppily on one or two dollars a day in places like Marrakesh. But they understood the futility, injustice, and cruelty of war. They knew that you could not buy happiness with money. They lived … Continue reading