Wood Stock 1969

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Twenty-five years before I was born, a historical event occurred. It was, "A symbol of solidarity for the generations of flower children, Vietnam protestors, hippies, and other young people in their revolution against "The Establishment". Anyone who would define that movement in 1969, as a part of Rock History, would do so as one word, "Woodstock".

In 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair drew more than 450,000 people to a pasture in Sullivan County, New York. For four days, this site became a, "Counter cultural mini nation", in which drugs were all but legal, music was plenty, and love was free. The music began Friday afternoon at 5:07 p.m. August 15, and continued until mid- morning Monday August 18, 1969. The festival closed the New York State Thruway and created one of the Nation's worst traffic jams. It also inspired a bunch of local and state laws to ensure that nothing like it would ever happen again.

Woodstock was the idea of four young men: John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Artie Kornfeld and Michael Lang. The oldest of the four was Twenty-six. John Roberts was the man who supplied the money. He worked at a drug store and toothpaste manufacturing fortune. He got his money from a multimillion-dollar University of Pennsylvania degree and a lieutenant's commission in the army. He had seen only one rock concert in his life, the Beach Boys. John Roberts's called Joel Rosenman his "Far Out Friend". He graduated from Yale Law School in 1967. Joel Rosenman enjoyed playing his guitar in lounges and motels from Long Island to Las Vegas. John and Joel met at a gulf course in the fall of 1966. By winter 1967 they shared an apartment. They both didn't know what they were going to do for the rest...