It was 44 years ago Sunday — August 18th, 1969 — that the Woodstock Music and
Art Fair wrapped with Jimi Hendrix‘s incendiary set after more than three
days of music in Bethel, New York.
More than 450,000 people converged upon the small upstate town to hear rock’s biggest bands perform. Although Woodstock was neither the first nor last major festival concert, the fact that the youth of
America were able to congregate in one place with no violence during one of the most turbulent years of the decade, gave birth to the notion of the “Woodstock Nation” and gave a voice — and a face — to the hippie ideal.