From 15-18 August, 1969 Max Yasgur′s dairy farm in rural New York became the centre of the counter culture movement of the 1960s. Somewhere between 400,000 and 500,000 people migrated from across the continent to watch the top folk and rock ‘n' roll acts of the day (including the late Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin), and experience what has been described as the greatest concert of all time.
The early planning of the festival was chaotic, with protests and other hurdles forcing the organisers to relocate to Bethel, NY from the original Woodstock location. The whole project nearly ground to a halt on several occasions, but with some tenacity and blind luck the event actually happened. The concert was originally designed as a for profit venture, with over 180,000 advance tickets selling. But as the festival began concert organisers quickly realised they were about to be overrun by patrons and famously opened the gates declaring Woodstock to be a free concert which caused even more patrons to rush to the site in an effort to witness some of the greatest performers of their generation play the greatest show on Earth.
We have selected 15 books written by the artists who played at The Woodstock Festival. The books are as varied as the artists themselves from Pete Townshend′s collection of short stories, Arlo Guthrie′s children′s book and the numerous biographies from a life in music.