By KIERSTYN WILBOURN
Today, we live in a world of musical technology. With a simple press of a button, you can create a beat that can end up having millions of views on social media. But what about back then? Without social media? You may not have been alive, but in 1969, the legendary music festival, Woodstock, intrigued more than 400,000 people. In only a time span of three days, different cultures, races, and bands all came together to create the greatest music festival of the decade. From the opening act of Richie Havens to the closing with Jimi Hendrix, the festival was filled with music, laughter, and peace.
With 400,000 people, something bad was bound to happen. However, out of 400,000 people, only 2 were pronounced dead, as one had died from a heroin overdose, the other one was ran over by a tractor. Births? It’s recorded that there were two women going into labor during the festival, but there is no proof that there were any babies specifically born on the field in Bethel, where the festival was hosted.
It rained, the ground was muddy, and hippies were packed on the overcrowded field, but the music still played on. It was a legendary and diverse set list of bands from 1969. Performers like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, The Who, and Jimi Hendrix jammed to their best songs on stage. Some bands were more experienced than others, and some were just getting started. Either way, it was a perfect combination to bring people together in the world of music.
Woodstock ‘69 is still considered one of the most legendary music festivals of all time. Drake, Rihanna, or Beyonce might not have been there, but as we look back on it, sometimes the best kind of music involves a simple strum of an electric guitar.