Music fans sit on a tree sculpture as one leaps midair onto a pile of hay during the Woodstock festival held in Bethel, N.Y.
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As news of the bucolic rock concert spread, a crush of eager attendees bottle-necked country roads winding to the festival site in White Lake, a hamlet of the small town of Bethel, about 100 kilometers southwest of the town of Woodstock.The overwhelmed masterminds had little choice but to declare that Woodstock would be free. In a moment seen to embody the nonviolent culture Woodstock aimed to represent, Indian yogi Sri Swami Satchidananda opened the festival with an address urging compassion.The adage holds that if you can remember Woodstock, you weren't really there and many precise details of the weekend are hostage to drug-addled and ever-aging recollections.In the days following the festival, mainstream news outlets were largely dismissive.
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