60 Rarely Seen Photographs Of Woodstock

1960s | June 23, 2019

Written by Jacob Shelton

Woodstock is coming up on its 50th anniversary, and while it doesn’t feel like it’s been that long since half a million people grooved in upstate New York, a golden anniversary is a great reason to look back at some nostalgic photos.

From August 15 - 18, 1969 half a million people showed up to dance and groove in the mud while artists like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and The Who jammed for hours on end. Woodstock is remembered as three days of peace, love, and music, but in order to put this monumental festival together a lot of things had to come together. People often wonder about the ins and outs of the festival: How much were the bands paid? How big was the farm? And how much did tickets cost for Woodstock? We’ve got all those answers for you and much more on this rundown of what life was really like for people attending the Woodstock festival in 1969.

What did people eat? Who is the elusive Woodstock baby? And what was it like being stuck in all that traffic? You want to know, we’ve got answers. Rock on! 

Woodstock was an expensive festival

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Peace and love aside, Woodstock cost a lot of money to put on. There were the fees for the bands, space, and food as well as the unseen costs of hosting a massive festival in the middle of nowhere. Not only did the organizers incur major fees after moving the festival from Woodstock proper to Wallkill and then to Bethell, but they had to pay for helicopters, limousines, medical supplies – if there was something that cost money you can bet that it was Woodstock.

At the time the organizers were reportedly in $1.3 million worth of debt, and even after the release of the concert film took off like gangbusters the organizers still owed $100,000 to various parties. 

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Jacob Shelton


Jacob Shelton is a Los Angeles based writer. For some reason this was the most difficult thing he’s written all day, and here’s the kicker – his girlfriend wrote the funny part of that last sentence. As for the rest of the bio? That’s pure Jacob, baby. He’s obsessed with the ways in which singular, transgressive acts have shaped the broader strokes of history, and he believes in alternate dimensions, which means that he’s great at a dinner party. When he’s not writing about culture, pop or otherwise, he’s adding to his found photograph collection and eavesdropping on strangers in public.