Woodstock Was Truly The Wildest Event In Pop Culture History, And Here Are 17 Facts To Prove It

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Did ya know Woodstock Ventures hired a hippie commune to be their security?

We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most interesting Woodstock festival fact they know. Here are the wild results:

1.

The New York State Thruway was jammed for 50 miles, so festival-goers eventually left their cars on the highway and hitchhiked to the festival.


ABC

2.

Because other musicians were late, Richie Havens ended up performing first at Woodstock. Every time he tried ending his set, they pushed him back onstage, which is why his setlist was over two hours long.


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3.

During his unplanned setlist, Havens completely improvised the now legendary song «Freedom» because he ran out of music to perform.


Warner Bros.

4.

The cute hippie couple from the iconic album cover is still together 50 years later.


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6.

Over 400,000 hippies attended the festival at Max Yasgur’s farm in August 1969.


PBS

11.

Tickets were originally sold for $18 in advance and $24 at the site. But as the crowd started getting bigger and bigger, concert-goers broke down the fences and the festival eventually became a free event.


Warner Bros.

12.

On Sunday when it started to rain, the guitarist from Country Joe & the Fish led a «No rain!» chant, and everyone joined in because they believed it’d make the rain go away.


PBS

13.

Joni Mitchell was originally supposed to perform, but at the last minute her manager told her not to go because she was scheduled to appear on The Dick Cavett Show the next day. She wrote the hippie anthem, «Woodstock,» just by watching the news.


ABC / BBC

14.

The festival wasn’t actually held in the town of Woodstock — it was held in Bethel, New York.


PBS

Note: Not all submissions are from Community users






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