Woodstock: How Does It Sound 40 Years Later?

Peace, love and — oh yeah, music. The boomers' big weekend turns 40, but how does Woodstock sound after all these years?

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Jimi Hendrix playing his guitar during his set at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair on Aug. 18, 1969

Lots of people never made it to Woodstock, in part because the 400,000 who did caused the most famous traffic jam in New York history. But for those of us who missed it because of the inconvenience of having not yet been born, the concert's 40th anniversary is instinctively less a cause for celebration than an excuse to plug our ears. We know the basics — or think we do. It was three days of music, peace, love and nudity remembered with greater clarity by those who weren't present than those who were. For decades, our boomer elders have wielded that...

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