50 Years After Woodstock, Freezone’s Visit to the Museum [PHOTOS]
When the original Woodstock was taking place I was only a year old. Obviously I had no clue what was taking place an hour and a half from my home.
As I grew older and learned of Woodstock, I was always fascinated by the way it came to be. 3 days of music and art and peace. Organizers were only expecting a couple thousand people. Well as you know, people from all around the United States made their way to Bethel, New York to be part of the Woodstock celebration.
Almost half a million, mostly young adults, squeezed onto Max Yasgur's Farm. The roads could not sustain the traffic, nor as it turns out could security. With so many people pushing to get in, it eventually became a free concert.
It was four days filled with challenges including equipment problems, bad weather, and the lack of food. People from Bethel started cooking food at their house and delivered it down to the concert site to feed the crowd.
The list of bands that played there truly is mind-boggling especially when you think that it happened back in 1969. Some of them were well known, a lot of them were not known buy a majority of the crowd.
I would have loved to have gone to the original Woodstock if I was old enough to remember it. But if I went to a 3-day Festival now, and had to deal with everything those concertgoers had to deal with 50 years ago, I'm sure I would regret my decision in a hurry.
This past winter, Chris and I, along with our friends Dave and Jo Ellen, decided to take a road trip to see the museum. My only regret was waiting so long to go there.
The Woodstock Museum at Bethel Woods is perched on the top of the hill where the crowd stood and camped for those three days. It truly is a walk back through time seeing the pictures, watching the videos, and reading the news stories about the event.
I have posted a bunch of pictures from the museum below. But if you get the chance, I would recommend you make that hour and a half drive to see it for yourself.