Remembering Woodstock: Peace, love and music

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Woodstock Music Festival: Then and Now


Three days of peace love and music ... better known as Woodstock.

Today is the anniversary of the iconic music festival held August 15th to 18th, 1969. The event was originally billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music." It took place on a 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills in Bethel, New York -- just short of 50 miles southwest of Woodstock, New York.

During the event, 32 acts performed outdoors in front of an audience of nearly 400,000 people. Performers included Santana, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

Time magazine even named "The Who at Woodstock – 1969" one of the "Top 10 Music-Festival Moments" of all-time.

Woodstock is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history. Rolling Stone even listed it as one of the "50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll." The event was even captured in the Academy Award-winning documentary "Woodstock" in 1970.

Celebrate Woodstock by looking through some the festival's most iconic moments:

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Woodstock Festival - August, 1969
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Remembering Woodstock: Peace, love and music
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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