The Characters of Woodstock

By Kate Bubacz

Aug 17, 2013 7:00am

Summer is the time of of love, music and a little bit of adventure.

Nothing captures this more than the craziness of a music festival, and the Woodstock Music Festival of 1969 set the standard for every Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Coachella and music fest that has happened since.

On Aug. 15, 1969, 400,000 concert-goers descended on an ad-hoc concert stage that was built days prior when the venue unexpectedly changed from Mills Industrial Farm in Walkill, N.Y., to Yasgur Farm in Bethel Woods, N.Y.

They came to see to bands such as Santana, The Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who and Jimi Hendrix, jamming to the music in muddy fields and jamming up traffic for miles around.

Below are some of the characters that came to rock, and who lived the legacy that lasted far longer than three days of peace, love and music.

 

gty woodstock 2 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockA music fan at Woodstock pop festival in his car covered with anti-war slogans for love and peace. (Three Lions/Getty Images)

 

gty woodstock 3 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockA young man arriving at Bethel, N.Y., for the Woodstock Music Festival, Aug. 15-17, 1969. (Pictorial Parade/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

ap woodstock 4 kb 130816 The Characters of WoodstockHundreds of rock music fans walk along the wet highway leading from Bethel, N.Y., 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)

 

gty woodstock 5 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockNear the “Free Stage” at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, several men, two with cameras around their necks, lean against a decorated school bus used by the Hog Farmers. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

 

gty woodstock 6 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockScene showing two male festival attendees sitting shirtless in a van that has been painted with an American flag motif, Woodstock, N.Y., 1969. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

 

ht woodstock 7 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockEven the dairy cows felt the peace and love as festival attendees set up their camps for the weekend. (Baron Wolman/Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)

 

gty woodstock 8 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockThree men attending the Woodstock music festival hug each other, Bethel, N.Y., August 1969. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

 

gty woodstock 9 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockA couple attending the Woodstock Music Festival smile while standing outside the shelter they’ve built during the concert, Bethel, N.Y., August 1969. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

 

gty woodstock 10 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockNear the “Free Stage”at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, an unidentified young woman smokes as she sits on the hood of a decorated school bus used by the Hog Farmers, a group that had been asked to help construct, ensure security and provide food for the event, Bethel, N.Y., August 1969. The “Free Stage” essentially functioned as both a place for the scheduled performers to jam and as an open mic stage for festival goers. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

 

gty woodstock 11 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockTwo young men in the boot of a car after hitching a lift home from the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. (Three Lions/Getty Images)

 

gty woodstock 12 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockA man and a child walking past people in sleeping bags at the Woodstock music festival, August 1969. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

 

gty woodstock 13 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockSound guy with mic near the “Free Stage” at the Woodstock music festival, August 1969. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

 

ht woodstock 18 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockGuitarist Carlos Santana, right, and bassist David Brown perform with the group Santana at the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, N.Y. (Tucker Ransom/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

 

gty woodstock 14 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockKen Babbs, one of the Merry Pranksters, in the “Free Stage” audience watching the puppet show at the Woodstock music festival, August 1969. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

 

gty woodstock 15 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockA man and woman lie on the grass during a performance on the “Free Stage” at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, Bethel, N.Y., August 1969. The festival ran from Aug. 15-18, 1969. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

 

ht woodstock 16 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockThe traffic jams that went on for miles and young people abandoning their cars to walk for miles to reach the festival were lasting images of Woodstock. (Baron Wolman/Bethel Woods Center for the Arts)

 

ht woodstock 17 kb 130816 blog The Characters of WoodstockTwo festival goers that found Woodstock too much lay passed out on the hood and roof of their Volkswagen Beetle. (Three Lions/Getty Images)

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