It’s hard to believe that in an era where music fans are now presented with more festivals than they know what to do with, the mother of all pop music events in Woodstock is almost 50 years old. The famous festival that took place over three muddy days in Bethel, NY has since become one of resounding peaceful moments in the turbulent and countercultural decade that was the 1960s. Perhaps that why the site of the original festival will now be included on the National Register of Historic Places, according to Billboard.
According to the report, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cuomo was quoted saying that Woodstock was a "pivotal moment in both New York and American history."
This shouldn’t come a any surprise to live music fans and historians. The three-day festival, which took place on Max Yasgur's now infamous 600-acre farm on Aug 15-17, 1969, welcomed nearly 500,000 hippies and adventurous souls to the site for the once-in-a-lifetime weekend now frozen in pop-culture history.
Artists that performed at the original festival include Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, The Who and of course Jimi Hendrix. Singer Lana Del Rey referenced the famous event recently with a song idea she had following her experience at Coachella this past April with a new track titled, “Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind.”