74. Woodstock: Defining a Generation
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, commonly called
, was an American music, and art celebration that
place from August 15 – 18, 1969. It
billed as "3 Days of Peace and Music,"
was a defining event for the young generation
Americans of the time.
The 1960s was an
era in American history. Many of the events
took place during those controversial 10 years profoundly
modern American society today. The war in Vietnam
raging in the 60s, and the popular president,
F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. These are
two of the events that defined the decade.
were many more historic events during that era
deeply divided the country. Woodstock was designed to
how the young generation can coexist with the
generation of Americans by living in harmony with
Although the event did not occur in
town of Woodstock, New York, the city has
synonymous with the celebration. More than 400,000 young
gathered at the dairy farm in the small
of White Lake, New York to witness music
in the making. Rolling Stone Magazine listed the
as one of the 50 Moments that Changed
History of Rock ‘n' Roll." Some of the
names in rock history performed at the three-day
, including The Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin,
Airplane, and the late, Jimi Hendrix. In all,
acts performed at the outdoor festival, and it
free of charge to all.
Two soundtracks were
in the following two years. Both albums featured
live performances with introductions. The documentary film "Woodstock"
released in 1970, and received an Oscar in
Academy Award for Feature Documentary category. It was
deemed a Culturally Significant, by the United States,