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August 18

Woodstock Poster

Many view Woodstock as one of the key moments in rock-and-roll history, given the caliber of artists who performed and the aura of community that prevailed.

Photo by Blank Archives/Getty Images

1969: Give Peace a Chance
Woodstock ends its three-day run near Woodstock, New York
Who knew that a weekend-long, live music festival slated for a farm in upstate New York would become a cultural touchstone for untold numbers of people?

The Yasgur dairy farm north of Woodstock, N.Y., was the scene for the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, a three-day long celebration that featured acts like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, and Carlos Santana. Woodstock, as it came to be known, was attended by half a million people, by some estimates.

Some feared that such a large crowd would lead to roads shutting down from traffic or riots breaking out, but the event was remarkably peaceful, which is just what the organizers had wanted.
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