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Messed Up Things That Happened At Woodstock

It was three days of peace and music, and also mud, drugs, burned eyeballs, traffic jams, and overflowing toilets. But, you know, peace and music. The Woodstock festival of 1969 remains one of the most iconic events in music history, and as the decades pass those who were there start to see it all through stardust-sparkly lenses, or something, while totally forgetting about the fact that it was mostly not really very much fun. Now, there were a lot of positives, and not just the unforgettable...

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    Messed Up Things At Woodstock - Grunge

    Messed Up Things At Woodstock - Grunge

    It was three days of peace and music, and also mud, drugs, burned eyeballs, traffic jams, and overflowing toilets. But, you know, peace and music. The Woodstock festival of 1969 remains one of the most iconic events in music history, and as the decades pass those who were there start to see it all through stardust-sparkly lenses, or something, while totally forgetting about the fact that it was mostly not really very much fun. Now, there were a lot of positives, and not just the unforgettable musical performances (provided you were close enough to the stage to actually see and hear them) but also the part where the world found out that it's actually possible for half a million people to get together without a single fistfight, at least not as far as anyone can remember. But that doesn't mean that the festival was all dancing, holding hands, and putting flowers in everyone's hair, either. There was lots of crap at Woodstock, and some of it was even literal crap.

    The Truth About The Grateful Dead's Infamous Woodstock Performance - Grunge

    The Truth About The Grateful Dead's Infamous Woodstock Performance - Grunge

    Woodstock was the very first music festival of its kind and one of the most iconic events in music history. During the four-day festival in August of 1969, an estimated one million people got together in the small town of Bethel, New York, to celebrate peace and music, according to History.com. Of course, there was also plenty of mud, drugs, and hippies, but the festival itself centered around high-profile musical acts like Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Janis Joplin, The Who, and much more.

    The Worst Thing That Happened At Woodstock - Grunge

    Burned-out eyeballs, overpriced hotdogs, unplanned acid trips. Woodstock was plagued by a number of unfortunate mishaps and the results of bad planning, but there's one event that is a strong contender for the worst thing that happened at the legendary 1969 hippie hoedown: the death of Raymond Mizsak. And what a way to go. The 17-year-old was run over by a trailer hauling a tanker of raw sewage from the porta potties on the morning of the festival's second day.

    Musicians Who Turned Down Playing At Woodstock - Grunge

    Musicians Who Turned Down Playing At Woodstock - Grunge

    Over the weekend beginning on August 15, 1969, approximately 400,000 people, mostly hippies, young people, and members of the progressive "counterculture" youth movement, descended upon Max Yasgur's farm near Bethel, New York, to witness the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, billed as "an aquarian exposition" and "three days of peace and music." Sure, there were plenty of '60s-style shenanigans, but the nearly half a million attendees were there for the music. Woodstock became a defining moment of the Baby Boomer generation, as no festival had ever reached its size or scope before (and even with Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bumbershoot since). And that was because of the musicians, who turned in historic performances. Among the bands on the bill: The Who, Santana, The Band, the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

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