If you were planning to go to a multi-day long music festival held on a rural farm in upstate New York, you would probably consider bringing non-perishable foods and plenty of water.
This woman, however, seems to have missed the memo that most dairy products require refrigeration in order to keep them fresh and safe to drink. She was photographed holding a carton of milk as she explored the fairgrounds of the festival. Strange choice of beverage if you ask us, but then again, many things seen at Woodstock would be considered strange today!
Mountain of a Man
While Woodstock featured a variety of artists, many of us associate it with lyrics about social change and peace and love. Knowing this, it’s hard to imagine that the hard rock band Mountain would appear on the same stage as gurus and folk singers.
Many music experts believe that Mountain would help inspire the heavy metal music that would appear in subsequent decades. Wearing a fringed vest and rocking some serious facial hair, co-lyricist and guitarist Leslie West played his guitar complete with his roaring deep voice, giving the festival a bit of an edge.
Waiting for the Bus
Some of the best photos to have emerged from the Woodstock festival are candid photos taken of the concertgoers on their way to the infamous festival. This photo shows two women sitting in front of a bus terminal, speaking to two men who also look like they are waiting for their bus to Woodstock to show up.
Interestingly enough, the newspapers displayed next to one of the women featured a picture of the ticker-tape parade that was held in honor of the historical Apollo 11 mission to the moon which had occurred about a month prior.
A Fleeting Glance
Known for his perfectionism, singer John Fogerty, featured in this image, would later decry his band’s performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival saying it “wasn’t our best.”
He added that he was disappointed to have had to perform after The Grateful Dead, who Fogerty claimed: “put half a million people to sleep!” The singer claimed that he was only inspired to play after seeing one man in the far distance holding up a lighter. He claimed he “played the rest of the show for that guy.” What a lucky man!
Parking Lot Meet Up
While there is no shortage of images of attendees of the Woodstock music festival caked with mud or looking worse for wear during the festival, it’s interesting to see what these people looked like before the festival began.
These concertgoers are just arriving at the farm stocked with necessities like beverages and even extra gas. Unfortunately, despite the festival being considered an opportunity to improve the world through music, the ground looks completely littered with garbage. A major contrast to the values espoused by many of the people who attended.