Sunday, August 16, 2009

It Was 40 Years Ago This Weekend-- Woodstock

Woodstock Music & Art Fair (informally, Woodstock or The Woodstock Festival) was a music festival, billed as "An AquarianMax Yasgur's 600 acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha, 0.94 mi²) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel, in Sullivan County, is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York, in adjoining Ulster County. Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", held at

During the sometimes rainy weekend, thirty-two acts performed outdoors in front of nearly half a million concert-goers[citation needed]. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most pivotal moments in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone's 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.[2]. However; the three top acts of the 1960s, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan, all declined to appear at the festival.

The event was captured in the successful 1970 documentary movie Woodstock, an accompanying soundtrack album, and Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock" which commemorated the event and became a major hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Picture: Bobbi Kelly and Nick Ercoline were girlfriend and boyfriend, 20 years old. Bobbi lived in Pine Bush, N.Y., and worked at a bank. Nick lived in Middletown, N.Y., and worked two jobs while going to college. Married two years after Woodstock, they now have children ages 28 and 30. They live in Pine Bush, TX.