It was 40 years ago. Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman and Artie Kornfeld – four guys who were on a roll with their huge rock concerts decided to make a good use of their success. They invited young people to a spot about one hundred miles from New York City and organized the famous Woodstock Festival.
The name list of the stars who were supposed to come was really impressive, so the originators hoped to sell a few dozen thousands tickets quite easily. You could get a ticket for 9 dollars 90 cents (by the way – the tickets looked quite simple and uninteresting compared with the ones used today). As we know, it was a huge success.
The creators of the Woodstock Festival referred to their brainchild as to “the days of love and peace”, and the name perfectly fitted the American 1960’s. Their world was the one of racial conflicts, Vietnam war, and the revolts in France and in the communist bloc. These were rough times, so the situation couldn’t have been better: the young ferment became active and decided to put their ideas about life into life.
And among all these things happening there was the Woodstock Festival, an event which was just supposed to be a review of the musical heritage of the 60’s. The history, however, took everyone by surprise, and transformed this simple musical festival into a real legend. The festival started a chain of events, all connected with the fact that almost 400 thousand young people arrived at one place to listen to music, to break social customs, and to attract the attention of the media from all over the world.