Take A Look At These Woodstock Photos That Managed To Capture What The Event Was Really About

Published on 11/25/2020
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If you’re a fan of the sixties, then you’re extremely familiar with Woodstock’s image. This music event, intended to be a small event of like-minded people ended up being an event that epitomized the era of hippies, and everything that it chose to stand for. These historical images welcome you straight to this point in time, a time in history when peace did not seem to be so out of touch.

Bubbles

The free-spirited woman is obviously having fun and blowing bubbles in this picture. Why has it become such a Woodstock icon? The image is capable of capturing what being free really means, not only in the sense of unity but also in the sense of solitude.

The Flute

This member of the crowd tends to take it upon herself to keep the music going between sets while playing. The sheer pleasure these people felt from just having to live life, and loving music is captured by her attitude and those of the people around her.

Enjoying the View

This photograph may well be what comes immediately to mind when you mention the word hippies: with no care in the world, these folks do have the best seat in the house, and then it appears to look like they’ve appreciated every minute of the event.

Tim Hardin

During the first day of the music event, the legendary Tim Harden managed to perform. Hardin shocked the world that day with nothing other than his guitar and vocals. The image of a pensive Tim Hardin is extra sentimental because of his sad death from a drug overdose.

Resting

This guy finally found the right place to lounge in between two cars with a hat covering his eyes and legs stretched out. It’s just that no matter where you would be, there will always be time for some you time if you could somehow take something away from this photograph.

Sri Swami Satchidananda

Without Sri Swami Satchidananda, you can’t spell out Woodstock. At the early part of the music event, this iconic guru gave the opening speech, reminding all of his attendants of the importance of music and the role it plays in peace. He was definitely influencing his crowd. Despite having little supervision, the four-day event is celebrated for being one of the most peace-loving events in human history.

Joe Cocker

On the last day of the music event, Joe Cocker performed. Even when he may not be the greatest start to show up, his power, particularly in this photograph, made quite an impression on everybody.

Fortunetelling

Woodstock was really about attempting to find yourself and spiritual growth. This photograph of one woman reading the palm of another woman illustrates the openness carried with them by individuals who did attend this music event.

Nap Time

It is definitely impressive to pause for a moment to nap on the roof of a vehicle in the middle of a music event with thousands of people. This is also an ideal symbol of love and peace, finding your other half in the middle of all the craziness and enjoying life.

Sharing is Caring

Its sense of community and sharing was part of what made Woodstock so unique. In this picture, a meal at the festival is being prepared for everyone, part of the love-all sensory experience that emerged throughout this moment.

Being Carefree Also Means Caring

At Woodstock, there have been several healthcare professionals there to assist with whatever they can. Tragically, during the festival, there were a few deaths, but also a couple of births. The event received a couple of mixed reviews for this. This picture reflects the compassionate sentiment that really was an essential part of the event, whatever your thoughts.

Family Event

That was not only for younger people that Woodstock seemed to be. For entertainment, several families came along. So here is an image of a chilling father dancing and singing out the front of their psychedelic minivan with his pups.

And the Audience Goes Wild

On a 600-acre dairy farm, 500,000 people will definitely leave a lasting impression on you. It is a sight to have seen this blur of wood stickers connecting and have a wonderful time. It’s hilarious to think this only sold 100,000 tickets. Maybe love and peace should just not cost anything.

Staying Clean

Staying clean during this festival must have been a tad challenging. In the first place, you have to appreciate these individuals for even trying to wash them off. A little dirt did not harm anybody!

Medical Emergencies

With an incident involving 500,000 people, injuries are bound to occur. This picture shows the festival’s less easy-going part. Helicopters flew with emergency supplies several times. Behind this memorable moment in history, this medical crew represents the unsung heroes.

Old School

Nowadays, a moment without smartphones and social media are impossible to recall, offering us direct communication with our friends and family. This photograph is particularly relevant to us currently, as it reveals us, journalists, trying to record the happenings by hand, and people who have made communication through some kind of old fashioned landline phone with friends and loved ones.

Melanie Safka

When given that opportunity at the music event after the cancellation of The Incredible String Band, Melanie Safka has chosen to make her breakthrough. She was one of very few three women at the event who got to play. She was strong enough to pull off an absolutely gorgeous and memorable performance despite her nerves, which she said triggered her voice to quiver.

Melanie Safka

 

Janis Joplin

One of the most loved performers of all time remains Janis Joplin. She ended up giving a goosebumpy performance of Piece of my Heart on the second day of the festival. Janis Joplin certainly did belong on the Woodstock stage with her unique character and exceptional talent.

Janis Joplin

Dealing with Rain

Some may complain about getting their blankets soaked in water. This pair is not! In this picture, they take things as they are. As he does, one of them is even beginning to enjoy a cigarette. Learned lesson: Life is unpredictable. You need to get up and deal with it sometimes.

Knowledge is Power

This time, to read is always reasonable. Just ask the porch man. Woodstock is not just about songs and dances. For just a little while, it was more about backing away from life to enjoy some pure, undiluted, porched-in-the-air evaluation.

Knowledge is Power

Woodstock Designed

To represent Woodstock, if you had to choose the official pattern, it would be these tapestries. Even now, you can see, in their dorms, some sentimental college students hanging these designs up. Certain assertions are truly ageless.

Woodstock Designed

Catching Zzs Where You Can

Trying to find the time and place to sleep at a packed music event can be a challenge, as you can imagine. This guy probably picked the right location, stretched out with a pillow under his head on a motorcycle and a great view of the throng of people (just in case he misses anything).

Sleeping like the Dead

Some saw the cemetery as the prime place to spend the night out. Although this might not be a completely respectable thing to do it definitely fed into the ambience of the circle of life emanating from the music event.

Sleeping like the Dead

Woodstock Chic

A carefree look comes with a carefree attitude. This joyful Woodstock pair encapsulates this feeling of release completely: loose hair, unmonitored beards, and comfortable, bright clothing and shoes.

Woodstock Chic

Jimi Hendrix & the Gypsy Suns and Rainbows

Jimi Hendrix quite often performed in a spectacular way. The impromptu assemblage of a new band made of performers who have never even performed until the day that created his Woodstock performance extraordinarily unforgettably! After their Woodstock performance, Gypsy Suns and Rainbows didn’t last long, but their memory definitely persisted.

Jimi Hendrix & the Gypsy Suns and Rainbows

People, People, People

Participating in Woodstock meant participating in some tight crowds. Even so in this photo, the sense of unity is certainly felt. It is certainly a sight to see this many individuals united by their love for music.

People, People, People

Listening to the Beat

It seemed as though the soundtrack was flowing through all the veins of people during the music event. There was nothing else but music and self-expression that made sense. This image captures this particular time completely, with some individuals using barrels as their tools. It’s worth noting that many people they hadn’t even met will indeed play music with them! If there could only be this sense of inclusiveness everywhere, then everything would be perfect.

Listening to the Beat

Safe and Warm

The air of love and unity that kept the festival going and made it such an iconic moment in history is fully demonstrated in this cozy picture. These youthful lovebirds look like they are more than at peace with where they are, as the sunlight begins to fill the air.

Safe and Warm

Decked Out

While Woodstock has mostly been correlated with colorful clothing, almost all, like this young girl who went for the all-black, mega-cool look, opted for different styles. The beauty of this music event was that aligned only by a shared love of peace and music; it was a location for all to be themselves.

Decked Out

Missing out on Concerts Doesn’t Mean Missing Out on Music

The special speaker columns constructed would also have worked fine for the originally intended number of individuals, 200,000 at the very most, according to Bill Hanley, the guy behind the sound systems for the music event. But it was bound to happen, since 500,000 people ended up attending the concerts, that not everyone would get to listen to their favorite artists. No menace, though! The pleasant environment implied that music was basically playing, and there was something for everyone to hear. People like this guy took it upon themselves, even in places like the parking lot, to deliver a great performance!

Car Roofs Have Multiple Uses

People got extremely crafty with such a congested event, where they decided to park their vehicle and themselves for such a particular issue. Some other example of the unending ingenuity individuals shown to find a good viewing spot is these individuals chilling on top of their automobiles. Inventiveness, folks! It’s something.

Car Roofs Have Multiple Uses

Chilling with the Trees

People became pretty comfortable in nature in the spirit of Woodstock. Trees had become a total haven to snuggle up in the shade and enjoy. A healthier replacement to ACs, undoubtedly, and these people most certainly have seemed to enjoy their time!

Chilling with the Trees

Just Me and My Guitar

This man shows fully what Woodstock was really about: music, imagination, self-reflection, and the natural world. Although Woodstock was packed with people, needless to say, folks somehow seemed always to make the way to acknowledge solitude and create. For any budding musician at the moment, it was the perfect place to be.

Just Me and My Guitar

Got Milk?

A few times, we may have mentioned that this event actually occurred on a dairy farm. Well, let’s say that people have made full use of that reality. Like this person who managed to get some rejuvenating milk from the available resources for himself.

High Ways and Highways

Woodstock provided a great opportunity for younger people to discover their own pathways and passions at a time when things felt difficult to understand and without direction. This feeling of freedom from constriction is demonstrated by these fun signs close to nature.

High Ways and Highways

The Less Groovy Side of Things

Sadly, in large gatherings, traffic accidents are unavoidable; Woodstock was no exception. It’s pretty sad actually that during this event, lots of people got hurt. And it’s also completely accurate that the air of care and togetherness meant that when they were needed, there have been plenty of individuals willing to stop what they were doing and help.

The Less Groovy Side of Things

Flower Power!

No doubt so many movies centered on Woodstock have been produced! Just take a glance at how happy and beautiful this couple is! We can’t help thinking of them as some romantic Woodstock film’s primary role!

Flower Power!

Dancing for the Rain

They probably picture something when people hear the words hippie dance, not apart from this image. But dances like these, an approachability to new customs and spiritual togetherness, are part of what made Woodstock so great. Indeed, far out!

Dancing for the Rain

Far Out Cruising

It’s images like these that contribute to making us wish there was still this style. The jacket, the hair, the bike are all too groovy to withstand! Perhaps “I hope our look never goes out of style!” was what that lady was murmuring.

Far Out Cruising

Tie-Dye-lightful!

Without tie-dye, one can’t spell Woodstock! Well, you can, but you’re going to get it. To many festival-goers at Woodstock, Tie-dye was basically the unofficial dress code. And we can comprehend why with those lively, meshed patterns. Just in case you’re wondering where people have gotten their far-out outfits, right here in this picture, you got your answer.

Making a Difference

Woodstock has become a symbol of peace, love, and connection through music in a time so filled with rifts and close-mindedness. This sight of people seated together but having to look out at various fields of vision symbolizes just that.

“Our Culture, Our Music, Our Art”

After he said “Our culture, our art, our music, our books, our posters, our clothes, the way our hair grows long, and eat and sleep-all it’s one message-the message is freedom,” John Sinclair summarised what Woodstock was all about And that’s exactly what the event was a place to put aside your prejudice, your links to artificial life, and to do what people are just born to do-come together, come together, create, and rock on!

Inside The Fisheye Teepee

In fact, fish-eye pictures were not something that would be so frequently seen at Woodstock, but these people were fortunate enough to own only a fish-eye teepee but to obtain one incredible picture. In the middle of their teepee, they cleverly positioned their camera on the surface, and this was the outcome.

Inside The Fisheye Teepee

Lotus Or Ustrasana?

Yoga was trendy during the 1960s, and this was no different at any festival in Woodstock. Many individuals not only ended up taking the opportunity to study some new yoga positions but also ensured during the middle of the event to get their daily dose of yoga. Without the presence of yoga, no Woodstock event would ever be complete.

Stay Flexible

Lotus Or Ustrasana?

Two Hours Of Down Time

It was not always the easiest task to get any amount of sleep while attending Woodstock, and those who were unfortunate enough not to have any measure of protection had to make do with their environment. The music continued for 48 hours, from noon on Saturday to noon on Monday, where there were only two hours of quietness.

Two Hours Of Down Time

Santana

They had no idea as to who Santana actually was before people attended Woodstock. It was until on the second day, Santana took the stage, where they performed one fondly remembered show. This rock band from San Francisco was unique to the music community and had just released their first record earlier that month.

Santana

Woodstock VS Coachella

This is likely the epitome of what looked like the “coolest” couple from Woodstock. Her long, Bohemian-style dress back in the 1960s was so fashionable. But if we start comparing it to the Coachella fashion of 2019, it hasn’t really changed, right? How can we ignore her stunning blonde waves and the incredible fro of this guy?

Woodstock VS Coachella

Instant Gratification

This photo is a good showcase of the sheer happiness that people and hundreds of thousands of people felt attending Woodstock. Woodstock was full of electric energy and pure joy in the 1960s, from peace signs to enormous smiling faces. Every person who went to Woodstock had the best experience of a lifetime and couldn’t sit tight for the next fantastic festival to take place.

Instant Gratification

Family Friendly

There was no time or place for any discrimination at Woodstock. This meant that they were allowed to be there regardless of person, age, race, or gender. So these meant parents were going to take their kids with them. But that’s not the biggest surprise. There were actually a couple of babies born over the 3 days during the festival. Quite wonderful, huh?

No Place For Discrimination

Family Friendly

Caught In The Act

With 400,000, people all in one room, wanting a little bit of privacy was not something that could take place conveniently. As a result, those who wanted themselves to have a few romantic moments had to actively look for a spot where they thought then nobody would locate them. Sadly for these lovebirds, they were caught in the act by their fellow festival-goers.

Caught In The Act

Fashion Forward

The 60s were a staple time not only for all the revolutionizing that was happening, forward-thinking, and free spirits but also for fashion. Elements and statements from the 60s are being seen in today’s fashion, boot-legged jeans, crop tops, Aztec and so much more. Fashion at Woodstock was said to be provocative and “eccentric” but in fact, it was a place for people to express their fashion sense, being and felt free to strut their stuff in trendy clothes.

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Fashion Forward

No AC? No Problem!

Woodstock as previously mentioned was packed with people from near and far, the traffic entering was crazy. It took hours to enter the location and back in the 60s some cars did not have air conditioners, this is something super stressful and uncomfortable in that situation. Some decided they would make the best of a bad situation such as these young men who sat in the bonnet of their car and enjoyed the concert until they could be a part of it

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No AC? No Problem!

Monkey Business

Security at Woodstock was not only super lenient but this meant that the people brought a few random and strange things with them, you would never expect to find some of these things at a concert that’s for sure. One of these things being a monkey, a pet monkey to a music festival. The truth is it was hard to control the situation and the concert since there were over half a million attendees. No doubt every human and animal had a good time, this picture goes to show.

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Monkey Business

Kids Entertainment

They had entertainment for those big and small this photo is seriously from the event. It may have been an adult rock music festival that was intended just for adults but for those that brought their children, there was a free puppet show. Tons of people brought their kids and groups of people came up with fun ways they too could enjoy and stay entertained. A rock music festival featuring a fabulous puppet show.

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Kids Entertainment

Jammed Up

Back to the traffic, people drove, hitch-hiked, and did whatever they had to- everything in their power to get to the festival- come rain or shine they were determined to be there. It took people hours to actually enter the festival and some hours to walk their way through, however, the overall idea and message behind the festival was worth the wait for many. The masses had shown up to celebrate peace and unity in a dark time for many.

Jammed Up

 

Hungry Souls

Woodstock promoters could not keep track of tickets and numbers, there was such an influx of people that they just let everyone in at some stage. This meant that the festival was certainly unprepared in terms of accommodating all these people’s needs. The festival ran so short of food, a three-day festival’s food turned into a bit of a disaster on this front- but a plan was made…

Hungry Souls

Free Food

People set up free food stations in some cases. However, the best untold story is that once food ran out people simply ate granola. The farm was incredibly hard to access, there was no electricity, no running water, and now no food. Vendors from near and far had asked to work with Woodstock but none had actually dealt with feeding so many people, food was overpriced but no one complained…until it ran out. The hippies were totally cool with eating granola anyway, it was all about the vibe.

Free Food

Moms And Tots

Well, on the one hand, it’s super cool these kids can say their parents took them to a rock concert before they were even legal, and on the other hand these kids probably saw some crazy stuff at Woodstock. These two sleepy kids were done playing for the day, but how beautiful to see their moms holding them and watching the concert. This sends  a message of just how inclusive the atmosphere was. These moms were definitely cool moms.

Moms And Tots

Grooving And Moving

The picture below shows a woman in small heels, at a three-day festival even those get uncomfortable. She is dancing with not a care in the world whilst being photographed. Fashion, fun, and art all in one picture. This is what Woodstock was also about, about people expressing themselves and having a good time all together, as equals. Looks pretty fun and they definitely had the times of their lives.

Grooving And Moving

Hitching A Ride

The atmosphere of unity continued after. These young men needed a ride back home, we have no doubt with all the cars and people leaving they definitely found a ride. This was the age of cardboard signs and “O’s” that were drawn out as peace signs. These men would have fully trusted someone from the festival or a passer by to catch a ride back with. This was the 60s.

Hitching A Ride

Another Look

As mentioned Woodstock was somewhat of a fashion hub, a place where outfits that were considered more risque were accepted and somewhat adored. After all the 60s was quite a conservative time, these challenged the norms. However, this look below is the perfect example of how trends from then have made it back into fashion today and are often go-to looks for festivals, music festivals that are now popular. People love to put embellishments on their faces for festivals just as seen on this young lady’s face.

Another Look

Total Unity And Enjoyment

This image shows the entire point and atmosphere of the event as a whole. It was totally packed with people who wanted to enjoy the rock concert but also believed in unity and peace, at such a rife time in the world. Of course, there was a little violence at Woodstock and some strange things happened but overall it was a place of freedom and Rock n’ Roll.

Total Unity And Enjoyment

Janis Joplin Shares

Janis Joplin is seen below at the festival, even she is in the sharing spirit pouring a few people around her champagne. The singer-songwriter was famous for her rock and blues music. Singers and musicians interacted with the public, they gave their all and stood proud to perform at what the time was the biggest music festival ever had.

Janis Joplin Shares

One Of The Most Boundry-Free Events

Woodstock opened its arms to all from far and wide, race, gender, and provided a space for people to be. Whether it was raining, or the sun was shining people stayed out and partied. They lived for the music and for the vibe. The fact that they were willing to stay at a festival that ran out of food is perfect proof.

One Of The Most Boundry-Free Events

Long-Lasting Love

The image below must be one of the most heartfelt images and concepts. This couple embraced and loved one another at Woodstock, years later they are still in love and posed to recreate the image. They were hippies in the 0 that stood for peace, unity and were against the Vietnamese war- today more than 50 years later their love is still alive and going strong.

Long Lasting Love

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