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Aug 8, 2019 11:52 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Wanted: Memories of Woodstock, 1969

Woodstock took place 50 years ago this week.
Aug 12, 2019 10:27 AM

It was billed as three days of “Peace, Love and Music,” and against all odds, it truly was.

In August of 1969, 500,000 people, most of them young and disillusioned with the Vietnam War and mainstream society, converged on Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel, New York.

Despite traffic, food shortages and lots of rain, against all odds Woodstock was an amazingly peaceful and uplifting gathering of those who wanted to change the world and who, in that place at that time, really thought they would.

Crosby, Stills and Nash, Country Joe and the Fish, Jimi Hendrix and Joan Baez were among those who turned out, tuned in, and ultimately marked the turning point in the counterculture movement.

As David Crosby told The Press in an interview last year when asked if he and his bandmates understood their role in the movement at the time, “No, I don’t think we had any idea at the time. We just knew we had to do it.”

Now we’re asking you to do it, too. If you live on the East End of Long Island or grew up here and were at Woodstock in 1969, send us a few paragraphs about your experiences, memories and how those three days ultimately affected you. We’d love photos from the era, too. Email us at mailbag@pressnewsgroup.com.


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What happened to our youth?1969 peace lovers,2019 hateful antifa etc..SAD.
By Taz (725), East Quogue on Aug 8, 19 12:12 PM
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Ironically, the president during Woodstock and the one we have today are pretty similar.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (8265), HAMPTON BAYS on Aug 8, 19 12:33 PM
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great point Taz!
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Aug 8, 19 12:17 PM
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@ Taz & bigfresh

If Woodstock happened today, ANTIFA members might attend, but it's a dead cert that true believers wouldn't. Peace & love won't put money in their pockets.
By highhatsize (4217), East Quogue on Aug 8, 19 12:43 PM
My family is originally from Bayside, Queens. In 1969, my oldest brother just back from army service in Vietnam Nam and a bunch of his friends rented a bungalow in Hampton Bays. In August my bro invited my parents and family of kids to stay at the bungalow for a week because my bro and fellow renters were all going on an upstate road trip to some rock concert. Our family had the GREATEST vacation: beaches, snapper fishing, crabbing at night, bar b q’s, clamming, ice cream, hiking...it was ...more
By Non-Political (125), Hampton Bays on Aug 8, 19 9:32 PM
It was a different time.Thank your brother for his service.
By Taz (725), East Quogue on Aug 9, 19 9:31 AM