45 Woodstock Photos That Will Transport You Back To 1969

Forty-five years ago this weekend, the mother of all rock festivals took place. Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, over 400 thousand revelers flocked to Bethel, New York to take part in what would become the zenith of 1960s counterculture. Today, we take a look back at the highlight of the summer of love with these forty-five beautiful Woodstock photos:

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Woodstock Poster

Billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", Woodstock was organized by Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld with presale tickets available for $18 (equivalent to $120 today).

Abandoning Cars

Hundreds of thousands of people descended upon Bethel twenty-four hours before the concert was slated to start. With traffic gridlocked for miles, many abandoned their cars and simply walked to the festival grounds.

Woodstock Opening Ceremony

Satchidananda Saraswati, an Indian religious teacher, delivered the opening ceremony invocation at Woodstock.

In The Rain

On and off again rain became a staple of the Woodstock weekend, though that didn't stop the energy or proceedings of the festival.

Aerial Photograph Of Woodstock

Initially expecting only 100,000 people, Woodstock swelled to over 400,000 revelers. Concert organizers realized that they had neither the means or resources to prevent the flood of people and thus made the concert 'free' by cutting all the fences surrounding the festival area.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia poses for a photograph before the Grateful Dead performed at Woodstock.

Jamming On The Sitar

Ravi Shankar plays the sitar during his performance on Friday night.

Grass Hut At Woodstock

Impromptu shelters were common place -- here, a group rest in the grass hut they built for the weekend.

Clothing Optional

Very much in the spirit of the times, clothing was considered optional for many festival-goers.

Signs At Woodstock

Heady vibes.

Woodstock Photos Jimi Hendrix

The last act to perform at Woodstock, Jimi Hendrix went on Monday morning to conclude the festival. By the time he went on stage, only 30,000 festival-goers remained.

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