The Aquarian Exposition


“Good Morning!

What we have in mind is

breakfast in bed for 400,000.”

(actual stats put the number at 450,000)


So began the start of the three-day phenomenon known as Woodstock (billed as (The Aquarian Exposition) on August 15, 1969 in Max Yasgur’s 600 acre dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York.

In these super-dome days of super-sized-celebrity concerts with advanced ticket sales, colossal crowds, multiple video screens capturing every nuance, waves of synchronized fans swaying in their seats, and multimillion dollar light and smoke extravaganzas dwarfing the main attraction, it leaves you just the least bit wistful to think that back in those days, a “big name” concert averaged about 40 to 50 thousand concertgoers. Yet, on this day, a rainy one it would prove, forty years ago, thirty-two acts appeared before nearly a half million people on a muddy pasture in upstate New York filled with a congregation of kids, dogs and clouds of marijuana. Still considered “One of the greatest moments in popular music history.”

Above: Joe Cocker, extraordinaire, resplendent in the fashion of the times: tie-dyed cotton shirt, thin striped trousers, brown leather belt and boots emblazoned with stars.






~ by eaesthete on 08/13/09.

2 Responses to “The Aquarian Exposition”

  1. More birthday harmonic convergence AND I just tie dyed t-shirts. The universe, she does come around.

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