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Many large concerts occurred throughout America in the summer of 1969 but none were as well known and symbolic as Woodstock Its impact on Americas culture and society as well as its youth will not be forgotten for many years to come Four men named Michael Lang Artie Kornfield John Roberts and Joel Rosenman originally established Woodstock The mens initial idea for the festival was to promote the idea of a new recording studio in Bethel New York which is where the event actually took place Because of the extensive amount of rain that fell before and during Woodstock the site was changed twice This resulted in the loss of preparation time The stage had not been entirely put up and the sound system was dangerously assembled There were many other problems that occurred as a result of the mud produced during the rain Most of the gates and fences were not put up which allowed many people to enter the festival for free The mud also created a major cleanup project after the festival ended Woodstock gathered an unexpectedly large attendance Only 50000 to 100000 people were expected to arrive at the site These numbers seemed small compared to the 400000 to 500000 people who converged on the area on August 15 16 and 17 of 1969 Many expected singers and bands could not arrive due to traffic backed up for miles along all the roads leading to the area It was said that nearly one million people could have attended the concert if it had lasted longer Many recognized musicians preformed at the concert such as Janis Joplin Jimi Hendrix Creedence Clearwater Revival The Who Jefferson Airplane and many others Truly by the first day as the musicians looked out upon the vast crowd they must have known that Woodstock was not going to be just another concert that would be forgotten On the outside Woodstock could just be considered another
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