…who didn’t come across the child of God walking along the road back on this day back in 1969 but I wouldn’t doubt a few hippies did as they made their way to Max Yasgurs farm in upstate New York for the Woodstock Festival and what was billed as 3 days of Peace and Music. I was just 14 that summer and really didn’t get a chance to experience it until the movie came out which wasn’t released until March the following year and by May it was a box office smash as was the triple soundtrack album which had to make the promoters of Woodstock pretty happy since they lost of ton of money on the actual event since it turned into a free concert. Tickets for the three day event cost $18 in advance and $24 at the gate which is equivalent to about $120 and $160 dollars today. 186 thousand advance tickets were sold and organizers anticipated around 200,000 festival goers instead of the 400,000 that showed up. Some interesting facts too. While Jimi Hendrix famously closed out the festival on Monday morning at 9am there was a lot of all night music going on which included Joan Baez on stage 12:55 Saturday morning when she was six months pregnant. Saturday night into Sunday morning featured an all star lineup from Creedence Clearwater Revival at 12:30 followed by Janis Joplin at 2 am, Sly and the Family Stone at 3:30, the Who at 5 am and the Jefferson Airplane at 8 am. And the same thing happened Sunday night into Monday morning with Blood Sweat and Tears at 1:30 that morning, Crosby Stills, Nash and Young at 3 am followed by Paul Butterfield Blues band and then Sha Na Na before Hendrix at 9 am and before a considerably smaller crowd of fewer than 200,000 people but that’s the way it happened 48 years ago starting on August 15, 1969.