What was supposed to be three days of peace love, and music celebrated on an obscure dairy farm in the town of Bethel, New York in the summer of ’69, turned out to be the most iconic music event of all time. Yes, we’re talking about Woodstock, the pivotal moment in music history that began on August 15, 1969.

We’ve collected extremely rare Woodstock photos that capture what it was really like to be there. From 32 iconic performances, over 400,000 excited fans, traffic jams, psychedelic vans, bohemian and hippie fashion, rain, sunshine, and a whole lot of peace and love ― that was the name of the game at Woodstock, and it changed the lives of everyone who was and wasn’t there.

1. Arts & Crafts

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair festival wasn’t called that for no reason. The festival was a place for young souls to express their creativity and self-expression through music and art, like this bohemian woman adorned with a leather crop top, headband, and arm bracelet.

She parked herself down on the grass to weave her leather-tasseled tapestry. Perhaps she handed it out to other fellow festival-goers or even sold a few. Whichever way, her style was certainly in tune with the spirit of Woodstock.

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