FORTY-FIVE years ago- about a month after the U.S. sent a man to the moon, and as the Vietnam War was still raging – 500,000 people gathered For three days for the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair – billed as “three Days of Peace and Music”.
There were surprisingly few episodes of violence. A number of musicians performed songs expressing their opposition to the Vietnam War, a sentiment that was enthusiastically shared by the vast majority of the audience. Later, the term “Woodstock Nation” would be used as a general term to describe the youth counterculture of the 1960s.
Woodstock 1969 showcased such talent as the Grateful Dead, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, Janis Joplin, The Who, Sha Na Na and Jimi Hendrix.
And a very young Joe Cocker.