The New York Times, which the year before had become the first mainstream newspaper to hire a full-time rock critic, initially sent just one reporter to cover the festival in August of When that reporter, Barnard L. Collier, got to Bethel, N. Gelb told William E. Farrell, the Albany bureau chief, that he could take a helicopter to get there. Lindsay around as he wooed vacationing Jewish voters at a Catskills resort and join the others. The result was a six-story package on the Monday, anchored by one starting on the front page. However, festival officials said the folk and rock music festival could go on until dawn, and most of the crowd was determined to stay on.
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In a time when Americans were deeply divided on everything from traditional societal structures to foreign wars, three days of peace and music seemed to be exactly what the world needed. On August 15, , one of the most celebrated music festivals in history took place in a field in Bethel, NY. What followed was beyond anything anyone could have predicted. The cultural phenomenon no one foresaw transformed an ordinary field into a historic landmark where legendary performers played to more than , people. Unimaginable mud and unforgettable moments transformed Woodstock Music and Art Fair into a cultural rallying cry for an entire generation.
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For the hundreds of thousands of people who descended on Bethel, N. In almost all the ways that concert promoters measure the success and smooth operation of their events, Woodstock was a failure. Crowd control was impossible, as fans arrived in droves — estimates went as high as , — whether they had tickets or not. Sanitation was minimal. Bumper-to-bumper jams snarled roads for miles. Yet the problems of Woodstock — and of Altamont , in California four months later, where a man was killed by a Hells Angels security squad — stunted the growth of American rock festivals for decades.
Planners had told the Yasgurs and town officials that they expected no more than 50, attendees, and were overwhelmed by the huge crowds. Woodstock became a major cultural event, amplified by news coverage, a popular documentary film, and the music that became symbolic of an era. Young people on the road arrive at the Woodstock Music Festival on August 16, A group of people step over a torn-down fence in order to enter the Woodstock grounds in August A red six-wheeler drives down the side of a dirt road to the camping area. A woman named Psylvia dances in the midst of the crowd.