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No matter how the young men and their lawyers spun it, the citizens of Wallkill did not want a bunch of drugged-out hippies descending on their town.
Everyone involved with the Woodstock Festival panicked.
The idea morphed into creating a two-day rock concert for 50,000 people with the hope that the concert would raise enough money to pay for the studio.
A white dove sits on a guitar handle above the tagline, '3 DAYS of PEACE & MUSIC.' A schedule with the names of the performers, including Joan Baez, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix appears on the bottom left hand side.On Friday evening, August 15, Richie Havens got up on stage and officially started the Festival.Sweetwater, Joan Baez, and other folk artists also played Friday night.Luckily, in mid-July, before too many people began demanding refunds for their pre-purchased tickets, Max Yasgur offered up his 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York for the location for the Woodstock Festival.As lucky as the organizers were to have found a new location, the last minute change of venue seriously set back the Festival timeline.
Roberts, an heir to a pharmaceutical fortune, and his friend Rosenman were looking for a way to use Roberts' money to invest in an idea that would make them even more money.