August 1969, the Flower Power is in full swing. The “Summer of Love” is finished, but the hippie culture lives its hours of glory. The Woodstock festival draws 500,000 people for “three days of peace and music” in front of a poster of legendary bringing together Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Ravi Shankar or even Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Fifty years later, a festival, birthday, poster, still unknown, has ad on the same site north of New York city.

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The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, installed on the premises of the festival of 1969, 160 km north of New York, has just launched on its website the promotion of the event, scheduled from 16 to 18 August 2019. The centre dangled the “three days of music, culture and community life”, organized in partnership with the giant concerts Live Nation. In the program: concerts by artists as prominent “and amounts, transcending genres and decades”, and exchanges.

by Joan Baez and the Who back?

“It was 50 years ago, people found themselves on our site in the quiet, with the inspiration to change the world through music. As stewards of this historic place, we are determined to preserve its rich history and its spirit, and to teach the new generations to contribute positively to the music, the culture, and the spirit of community”, has stated on the site, the centre’s manager, Darlene Fedun.

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Some stars of 1969 are dead, like Janis Joplin or Jimi Hendrix. But this anniversary will be the occasion to see the return of other stars of the original edition, such as Joan Baez, including a concert under a pouring rain had marked the spirits, or The Who, which were further 24 songs on August 16, 1969? The site does not say that, merely stating that the poster will be detailed “shortly”.

The center Bethel does not confirm the presence of Michael Lang, one of the organizers of the time, who had told a local newspaper that he intended to also mark this anniversary.

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, who was waiting less than 50,000 persons, had gathered about 500,000. 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.

● Jimi Hendrix takes up the national anthem of the United States, “The Star-Spangled Banner” with his electric guitar at Woodstock: