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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31 Photos That Encapsulate The Crisis In Ferguson, Missouri

Police Weapon

Police gunning down an unarmed teenager, descending on non-violent protestors with tanks and special-ops forces, streaming tear gas in the eyes of journalists who ask too many questions and arresting those who are simply doing their jobs. Is Ferguson, Missouri our first taste of what a police state in the United States might look like?

The demonstrations and the descent into authoritative madness came days after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, a largely black neighborhood in the outskirts of St. Louis. Brown, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by a police officer following a dispute whose details remain unclear.

On Wednesday, a wide swath of Ferguson residents and those interested in the story–parents and children, religious leaders, political activists and journalists alike–began to congregate along West Florissant Avenue, one of Ferguson’s main streets, to express their opposition to Saturday’s events. St. Louis is one of the most segregated cities in the country, and many participants believe Brown’s killing was yet another act of racially-motivated police brutality. Others marched in protest of the militarization of our nation’s police forces and the seemingly negative relationship between their power and accountability.

Ferguson Arms Up

Things devolved into chaos relatively quickly, as participants began to loot and burn down gas stations, and police officers–yet again–took it upon themselves to restore “order” by over-the-top displays of force and threats of arrest if demonstrators didn’t vacate the premises immediately.

Meanwhile, journalists for publications like The Huffington Post and The Washington Post were arrested after simply doing their jobs–recording footage of police officers, an act which is in fact legal. Al-Jazeera America reporters were later subjected to tear gas while police smashed their cameras and lights.

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Photo Farewells: The Last Known Photographs Of 15 Icons

If one holds stock in cliches, then it is true that pictures are worth a thousand words. But when said picture is someone’s last known photograph, that proposed value increases immensely. Naturally, our fascination with celebrity icons and the culture they reflect and create extends to their final images caught on film. Some may consider seeking these photos out to be a morbid pastime, others would see it as a remembrance, but these sorts of photos undoubtedly serve as a reminder of our own mortality; that even the best and brightest of us are not immune to the inevitable. We may try to see some telling truth in their eyes, some lesson to take from their lives.

Below are the final known photographs of several celebrities and well-known figures whose time ran out too soon, whose demons led to unspeakable tragedy, and whose reign of terror ended before they had the opportunity to unleash any more cruelty onto the world.

Last Known Photographs: John Lennon

The final photograph of John Lennon captures the former Beatles front-man signing an autograph for his soon to be killer, Mark David Chapman. Chapman, also pictured, would return to the musician’s apartment a few hours later and shoot him several times as Lennon returned home with wife Yoko Ono.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Go Home, Banksy: Our Guide To DUMBO Street Art

We here at All That Is Interesting’s headquarters in Brooklyn, NY love to uncover the world’s most amazing, bizarre, and interesting corners and share our findings with you. Sometimes, though, we don’t need to go very far. In fact, our office is located in DUMBO (Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass) – home to some of the borough’s best street art.

Back in 2013, the DUMBO Improvement District, Two Trees Management Co, the New York City Department of Transportation Urban Art Program, and the Jonathan LeVine Gallery invited eight internationally renowned artists to paint eight different murals in an effort to beautify the neighborhood. They’re centered around a four-block radius along the BQE.

We sent All That Is Interesting’s own Chris Altman out on the streets with nothing but the clothes on his back (and photographer Killian Simon) to document these backyard beauties. This is what happened:

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Brooklyn Street Art Yiko Shimizu

New Yorker, award-winning illustrator and Hello Kitty creator Yuko Shimizu teamed up with painter Coby Kennedy to create some octopus-inspired mural magic. You can see it for yourself on Jay Street/BQE Underpass (between York and Prospect). Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art DALeast

Beijing born and Cape Town-based artist DALeast began creating street art in 2004, and has quickly risen to international prominence. Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art DALeast 2

DALeast is a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video maker, and his mural is located on Pearl Street/ BQE Underpass (between York and Prospect). Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey is responsible for this incredible Lotus Woman mural, but this is hardly his first well received work of art. In fact, you are likely already familiar with his work. Fairey is the mastermind behind Obama’s 2008 “Hope” poster, and his art has been shown at The Smithsonian, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, just to name a few. Lotus Woman is located at Bridge Park 2 (behind York Street F stop). Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art CAM

Native Brooklyn artist Craig Anthony Miller (aka CAM) designed and painted this enormous work of art at Bar & Grill Park, York Street between Pearl and Adams. This owl mural isn’t CAM’s only contribution to the Brooklyn beautification project. He is an “integral part of the visual fabric of the DUMBO area of Brooklyn, NY.” Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art Stefan Sagmeister

Artist Stefan Sagmeister designed this mural, and painter Coby Kennedy brought it to life. Sagmeister started designing early: by age 15 he’d already created an Austrian youth magazine “Alphorn,” and since then he’s gone on to design for clients like the Rolling Stones, HBO, and the Guggenheim Museum. His mural is on Jay Street/BQE Underpass (between York and Prospect). Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art Faith47

If you’ve ever been to Cape Town, South Africa, chances are you’ve seen lots of art by Faith47. She’s self-taught, and her art often deals with political, economic, and emotional disillusionment. Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art Faith47 2

Her works adorn the streets of London, Shanghai, Paris, Vienna, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Nairobi, and Melbourne, among many others. Faith47’s mural is on Pearl Street/ BQE Underpass (between York and Prospect). Source: Killian Simon

Brooklyn Street Art Gilberto Aceves Navarro

This one isn’t a mural, and is wasn’t part of the DUMBO Walls Project, but it’s so cool we had to include it. Gilberto Aceves Navarro created this aptly named “Las Bicicletas” exhibit to encourage discussion about bikes, biking, and urban living. It’s located a few blocks south of the York Street stop of the F-train, but there are more “Las Bicicletas” exhibits (122 sculptures total) all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. Source: Killian Simon

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