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The paper provides some background to the turbulent times of the 1960s and relates that in the summer of 1969, a music festival, forever to be known as Woodstock, defined a generation and left a lasting impact on musical history. The paper looks at the organizers of this music festival and the problems they encountered and describes how the festival set off a full-blown hippie invasion for which the promoters were not prepared. The paper looks at the musicians who played and considers the lasting impact of the festival. The paper notes that although many considered Woodstock to be a great success, the event planners experienced many failures and had to absorb exorbitant costs.
Plans and Problems
Plans and Problems
From the Paper:"As more and more people descended upon the farm, workers gave up attempting to erect fences and eventually chose to not charge for admission and announced that the festival would now be free and open to everyone. Two days before the festival was to begin there were already more than 50,000 people camping, waiting for the music to begin. When the announcement was made that admission would be free it resulted in not only a financial loss for the promoters but was perceived as a call for music lovers across the country to attend. This call was great news for the concert goers but the promoters were not prepared for nearly half a million people to descend on the farm. Having instantly become one of the largest communities in the state, Woodstock operated as a self-governed commune. Denizens of an existing California commune -- the Hog Farm -- organized a huge kitchen operation, enlisting those who showed up hungry to chop vegetables, cook rice, and clean up. Drug use was rampant, but there was little crime and virtually no violence. Two babies were born, and two people died: one of an overdose; the other, sleeping in a field, was run over by a tractor (Kopper 2009). When the locals heard that the food was running out, they made sandwiches and hardboiled eggs."
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Woodstock Remembered (2013, May 30) Retrieved August 18, 2022, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/woodstock-remembered-153425/
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