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40th anniversary of Woodstock ’69

Today marks the 40th anniversary of one of the most influential events in music history, Woodstock ’69. The festival began August 15 – 18, 1969 and gathered about half a million people to take part in what promoters advertised as “3 days of Peace and Music.”

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Although many festivals were going on at that time, no one really knows exactly why Woodstock became as legendary as it did. I guess we can only account it to that same old, ever mysterious formula: it was the right time, the right place, the right people, and most importantly in this case, the right musicians.

Check out the signature Woodstock ’69 poster (excuse the quality). Designed by Arnold Skolnick. Apparently the dove was originally one of Skolnick’s drawings of a catbird and it was first sitting on a flute before he perched it onto a guitar. Love it.

Here’s a great article about the spirit of Woodstock if you want to read more.

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