Like many of the acts who were invited to take part in the 1969 Woodstock music festival, the Grateful Dead was one of the bands that epitomized the counterculture of the 1960s.
Due to the torrential rain, the band also had to deal with electric issues caused by the rain, having to frequently stop and restart due to getting shocked by the damaged electrical equipment. Despite the shockingly bad performance, the band’s frontman, Jerry Garcia joked that he was surprised his band was able to recover after “blowing the biggest gig of your career.”
The Songs of the Woodstock Generation
It takes a special level of cool to be considered the unofficial theme song for the “Woodstock Generation” and to be largely featured in the 1970 documentary about the infamous music festival. That award goes to the blues band, Canned Heat.
On that hot August day, the blues rock band took the stage as one of the festival's headlining acts and performed hits like “Going Up the Country '' which many believe contained lyrics about the Vietnam War. The performance by bassist Larry Taylor (pictured here) and his bandmates made them international rock legends.
A More Romantic Side to Woodstock
Though the Woodstock music festival was full of young attendees hoping to meet a significant other who also believed in the “free love” ethos of the event, there were also many couples who went to the festival together like this pair shown here.
The stylish pair were photographed sitting close to the festival’s “free stage area” — a place where attendees could take part in open mic sessions or just watch. Though this photo was taken decades ago, some of their clothing items or accessories are still in style today.
Taking a Peek
Like many concerts or festivals, the 1969 Woodstock festival originally began as a way to make a profit while putting on a great show. However, plans quickly changed when the festival's organizers realized that both the ticket booths and the fences that were supposed to have been erected on the site hadn’t been completed.
Attempts at holding back eager attendees behind chain-link fences quickly failed and the organizers embraced the now-free music and cultural event. This wooden fence that fans are holding onto was probably erected to protect the cameras used to film the event.
The Queen of the Psychedelic Music Scene
When we think of the 1960s, specifically the women who took part in the counterculture movement of the decade, many people think of artist and singer-songwriter Grace Slick. Slick is known mostly for her collaboration with the psychedelic rock group Jefferson Airplane (seen in the background of this photo).
Slick helped the band achieve fame with her powerful and haunting voice in classic tunes like “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.” With her dark eyeliner and fringed frock, Slick looked every bit the style and music icon as she was photographed.