The Woodstock Music & Art Fair was held in the United States in 1969 and attracted an audience of more than 400,000. Scheduled for August 15–17 on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains of southern New York State, northwest of New York City, it ran over to Monday, August 18. Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, it was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel. Located in Sullivan County, Bethel is 43 miles (70 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock in adjoining Ulster County.
During the rain-swept weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors including such headliners as Grateful Dead; The Who; Joe Cocker; The Band; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and Jimi Hendrix. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation, and has spawned numerous rock festivals ever since.
Anniversary celebrations large and small are taking place throughout the country and around the world – along with new films, music, books and socially responsible products – confirming what we all feel: the spirit of Woodstock is alive and flourishing.