Baron Wolman’s stunning images of Woodstock Festival 1969 offer an unabashed view of a moment in time
With the 2019 edition of Woodstock looking to offer a modern take on the illustrious festival, we take a look at Rolling Stone photographer Baron Wolman’s first hand black and white images of the life and people that resided at Woodstock, in those shining three days in 1969.
50 years ago a seismic event took place north west of New York City. Billed as “an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”, it was held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm near White Lake in Bethel, New York, 43 miles southwest of Woodstock.
Here, among the cows, a legend was born: ‘Woodstock’.
The festival would not only define and begin so many legendary artist’s careers it would change the mindset of a generation. Baron Wolmans saw this happening before his very eyes and turned his attention away from the musical acts and focused on the people.
With over 200,000 people attending the farm, there were fears of lack of water, food, shelter, worries about crime, and dangerous drug-taking. But what transpired over three sweltering hot days in August was meeting of like-minded folk determined to not be defined by a history they could not change. This was not just a festival this was a social moment that will forever be sparkling in our culture.
In Wolman’s collection of photographs, available in a book titled Woodstock and available here, he offers not only a glimpse into the life and times of the individuals of Woodstock but the solidifying community of spirit and peace which permeates every wistful story of that beautiful moment, known simply as “Woodstock”.