TIME ESSAY 1969: The Biggest Happening: Woodstock

The Biggest Happening

The baffling history of mankind is full of obvious turning points: battles won, treaties signed, rulers elected or deposed, and now, seemingly, planets conquered. Equally important are the great groundswells of popular movements that affect the minds and values of a generation or more. Looking back upon the America of the '60s, future historians may well search for the meaning of one such movement, on Aug. 15 through 17, 1969, on the 600-acre farm of Max Yasgur in Bethel, N.Y.

What took place at Bethel, ostensibly, was the Woodstock Music and...

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