PHOTOS: The Characters of Woodstock
PHOTO: A couple attending the Woodstock Music Festival

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.

A music fan at Woodstock pop festival in his car covered with anti-war slogans for love and peace. (Three Lions/Getty Images)

A young man arriving at Bethel, N.Y., for the Woodstock Music Festival, Aug. 15-17, 1969. (Pictorial Parade/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Hundreds 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)

Near 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)

Scene 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)

Even 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)

Three men attending the Woodstock music festival hug each other, Bethel, N.Y., August 1969. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

A 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)

Near 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)

Two young men in the boot of a car after hitching a lift home from the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. (Three Lions/Getty Images)

A man and a child walking past people in sleeping bags at the Woodstock music festival, August 1969. (Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

Sound guy with mic near the "Free Stage" at the Woodstock music festival, August 1969. ( Ralph Ackerman/Getty Images)

Guitarist 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)

Ken 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)

A 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)

The 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)

Two 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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