Woodstock, August 1969. The Flower Power is in full swing and the hippie culture lives its hours of glory. Fifty years later, after the launch of this festival is legendary, a few stars of contemporary music like Jay-Z or the Black Keys will be performing on stage. Singer R&B Janelle Monae and the troubadour folk Brandi Carlile will be of the party, revealed the organizers on Tuesday, just like Miley Cirus, Imagine Dragons and Chance the Rapper.

the honor, a few survivors of the Woodstock original will be present: Santana, John Fogerty, Country Joe McDonald and Canned Heat will return to their guitar, them that had already shared the stage with the first edition including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker.

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The event will take place the 16, 17 and 18 August in the north of the State of New York, 180 km from the site where, fifty years before, half a million American young people had sung, and made love, under the rain and in the mud, lots of drugs and hope for a better future. Edition 2019 will still boast about the peace, love and unity, with a catalog of genres more varied, and in a more organized.

The crowd at rock music festival at Woodstock, August 15-18, 1969. Rue des Archives/Rue des Archives/SPPS revive the myth

In August 1969, when the american society is being torn in the face of the Vietnam war, sexual liberation, and openness to drugs, the Woodstock festival that was waiting less than 50,000 people, had gathered almost 500,000. Founded by Michael Lang, a young producer, John Roberts, a young entrepreneur, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld, two producers musical, the organisers are quickly overwhelmed by events and attendance, forcing them to make free of charge the festival at the end of the first day.

Image taken from the movie Woodstock, three days of peace, music and love of Michael’s Morning, 1970. Warner Bros. Pictures/Rue des Archives/DILTZ

massive traffic jams formed on roads leading to the site, forcing the artists to arrive in a helicopter and wedging of the thousands of people who have never been able to attend the concerts. In spite of the facilities overstretched, lack of food, the rain, the mud and all the drugs of the time, the concerts were generally held in the quiet.

“In 1969, people came for three days of peace, music and community experience,” says Michael Lang at Billboard magazine. “It is this that has made Woodstock a festival that is so special. It is hoped that this commitment will put people in the same state of mind, and they will leave with at least the idea of having lived an extraordinary life lesson”.

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After the historic edition of 1969, two new editions of Woodstock have been put in place in 1994 and 1999 to celebrate the anniversary of the festival original. But these “Woodstock encore”, were far from being at the height of the first. There has to be hoped that the edition 2019 to arrive at, at least, to match “the accident of society the most successful of the sixties’.