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.
A Fashionable Trek Towards the Festival
Images from the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival offer a treasure trove of images that capture just how much fashion was changing. While the man behind our subject seems to be wearing a practical linen shirt and jeans as he lugs his camping gear, the man front-and-center considered Woodstock to be his own personal fashion runway.
Wearing tight pants held up with a belt, this man paired his outfit with a tie-dyed shirt and heavy suede jacket. To top it off, a pink scarf. This man couldn't look more stylish if he tried!
The Ultimate Backstage Pass
Wearing a pair of still-stylish Lee Riders jeans, this festival attendee named Melinda Lubinsky flashes a much-coveted “All Area Performer Pass” for the Aquarian Exposition which was later known as the Woodstock Music Festival.
While we’re not sure exactly why or how this woman was able to receive this backstage pass, we’re sure that she saw some pretty incredible things! It must have been amazing to have been given access to one of the greatest musical performances in history. We’re sure she has some truly unforgettable moments and memories of this event.
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!
Not the Best Choice of Beverage
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!