Great Moments in American Style History: Woodstock

It should go without saying that this is the poster of the original Woodstock, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary this weekend.

The festival opened with folk singer Richie Havens and ended with psychedelic rocker Jimi Hendrix. Bookends of one of the most important events in music history. 400,000 people attended to sample and enjoy a varied bill of musicians.

Max Yasgur, who hosted the event on his farm, went back to dairy farming. The host town passed new laws to prevent future gatherings of this size. The $18 cost of a three day pass in 1969 would now buy you $118 worth of live music, or a single concert by Crosby, Stills & Nash. We recommend you use it on our Pepper Sauce instead.

The weather was warm in August 1969. The rains came and famously brought mud with them. Woodstock was definitely about flavor. Not just heat.

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