Woodstock's 45th anniversary tries to recapture the magic

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Woodstock's 45th anniversary tries to recapture the magic
These are some of the few hundred thousand persons who attended the gigantic rock festival at Woodstock, N.Y. on Aug. 14, 1969 (AP Photo)
Part of the vast audience at the Woodstock Music Festival in Woodstock, New York on August 14 ,1969. (AP Photo)
Rock music fans sit on a tree sculpture as one leaps mid-air onto a pile of hay during the Woodstock Music and Art Festival held on a cow pasture at White Lake in Bethel, New York on Aug. 15, 1969. (AP Photo)
Rock music fans relax during a break in the entertainment at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, N.Y., on Aug. 16, 1969. (AP Photo)
Hundreds of rock music fans jam highway leading from Bethel, New York, Aug. 16, 1969 as they try to leave the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Two hundred thousand persons spent a rainy night at the festival. (AP Photo)
A group of people listening to the music at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere.
About 400,000 people attend the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in Bethel, N.Y., August 16, 1969. (AP Photo)
This is an aerial view of traffic jam on Route 17B in White Lake, NY, near Bethel, site of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, Aug. 16, 1969. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Two festival goers who found Woodstock too much lying comatose on the bonnet and roof of their Volkswagen Beetle.
Music fans seek shelter is a grass hut at the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in Bethel, New York, Aug. 17, 1969. Sign above reads "Have a Marijuana." (AP Photo)
A group of friends sitting by their car at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. One of them is giving a peace sign.
Young people abandon their trucks, cars and buses as some 200,000 persons try to reach the Woodstock Music and Art Festival on a leased cow pasture at White Lake in Bethel, New York Friday, Aug. 15, 1969. Cars were backed up for 10 miles. The festival closed the New York State Thruway, creating the nation?s worst traffic jam. (AP Photo)
Woman sweeps debris from the street in front of her home in Bethel, NY, as rock music fans leave the Woodstock Music and Art Festival, Aug. 18, 1969. Many of the 300,000 persons attending the festival were still making their way home. (AP Photo)
Shirtless male drummer & dress-wearing female flutist jamming during Woodstock music festival.
Young people camping out w. tents on a grassy hillside, during the Woodstock Music & Art Fair. (Photo by John Dominis/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - AUGUST 1969: Woodstock. (Photo by Bill Eppridge/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Young people leave debris-strewn scene where hundreds of thousands congregated over the weekend to enjoy the rock music festival held in field in Bethel, New York, Aug. 18, 1969. In background is stage where musicians performed. (AP Photo/Bob Scott)
Torrential rain and thick mud at the Woodstock music festival result in some people removing their shoes to allow them to dry.
Young people leave the debris-strewn scene where hundreds of thousand congregated over the weekend to enjoy the rock music festival held in a farm field in Bethel, New York, Aug. 18, 1969. In background is stage where musicians performed. (AP Photo/Bob Scott)
A youth lies with head injuries suffered when he was thrown from the trunk of a car on the road leading to the Woodstock Music and Art festival in Bethel, New York, Aug. 16, 1969. Ambulances were unable to reach the scene because of the traffic. (AP Photo)
Music fans are treated for cuts and bruises after falling from the outside of a car on the grounds of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival at White Lake in Bethel, N.Y., on Aug. 15, 1969. (AP Photo)
Two young men in the boot of a car after hitching a lift home from the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair.
This is an aerial view of traffic jam and parking areas on Route 17B in White Lake, NY, near Bethel, site of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, Aug. 16, 1969. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
Workers carry medical supplies that arrived by helicopter on the grounds of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in Bethel, N.Y., Aug. 17, 1969. Helicopters were pressed into service when some 300,000 person attending the festival blocked all roads. (AP Photo)
Rock music fans hike from the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in Bethel, N.Y., Aug. 17, 1969. Some 300,000 fans began to leave as the festival ended in the rain. (AP Photo)
Hundreds of rock music fans walk along the wet highway leading from Bethel, New York, Aug. 16, 1969 as they try to leave the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Two hundred thousand persons spent a rainy night at the festival. (AP Photo)
Volunteers pick up trash in the mud on the grounds of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in Bethel, New York, Aug. 17, 1969. Festival sponsors asked for volunteer help in removing the debris left by some 300,000 rock music fans. (AP Photo)
A pregnant woman and her friend wait as a motorcycle is unhitched from a car, as they prepare to leave Max Yasgur's Bethil farm and the Woodstock music festival.
Rock music fans hike from the Woodstock Music and Art Festival in Bethel, New York, Aug. 17, 1969. Some 300,000 fans began to leave as the festival ended in the rain. (AP Photo)
Hundreds of rock music fans jam highway leading from Bethel, New York, Aug. 16, 1969 as they try to leave the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Two hundred thousand persons spent a rainy night at the festival. (AP Photo)
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By MORGAN GIORDANO

It has been 45 years since festival-goers began to populate the tiny town of Bethel, N.Y., but the legacy of Woodstock lives on. The officially billed 'Woodstock Music and Art Fair: An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music' lasted from August 15-18, 1969. Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm played host to around 400,000 audience members and 32 acts including Santana, The Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and many more. The free event, which author of "Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969" Bob Spitz calls "the beginning of the end of the '60s," was a blur of mud, drugs, sex and rock.

Events at the original site to celebrate to the 45th anniversary are considerably calmer. Music lovers from around the world are migrating to Central New York this weekend for a small line up of events. Hippie Thanksgiving took place Thursday at a restaurant called Kind Kitchen, which the Times Herald-Record reports is across the street from a bar that calls itself "the original Woodstock watering hole, Hector's." Other events for the weekend include an outdoor screening of the Academy Award-winning documentary "Woodstock" that chronicled the 1969 event, drum circles and, of course, music. The bands are considerably less well-known than those that performed at the original concert, but Jeryl Abramson, who know owns Yasgur's farm, says she is ready to accept all who want to come. "That's the surprise part," Abramson tells the Times Herald-Record. "As long as they show up, they're welcome."

If there is any indicator that times have certainly changed since the first event, then it is demonstrated in the Bethel Woods Center's rules for the outdoor screening of the documentary. The rules state that it is a non-smoking event, no alcohol may be brought and no camping is allowed afterward on the field. The anniversary will just be a shadow of the original, but still a reminder of a moment that defined a generation.

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