The Woodstock Music festival: “An Aquarian Explosion: 3 Days of Peace & Music” was thought of as an actualization of the concept of free love as well as the human race coming together into a large scale community or family. It is known as a pivotal event for the larger counterculture generation, drawing 400,000 young people.
The Hog Farm commune of New Mexico, hired to build a campsite on the grounds for attendees, opened the Free Kitchen serving macrobiotic, vegetarian meals. A sort of meditation/recuperation tent was established for anyone who may have been experiencing a “bad trip” or just did not vibe with the unexpected amount of people that showed up, however most people literally and figuratively embraced each other. Most people who attended say they will remember the event for as long as they live as a time when people came together on a scale that has not been matched many times before or since. Yes, much larger crowds than 400,000 people have gathered, some even avoiding the horrors of group-think and making some positive change. However, Woodstock was three days of people relating to and identifying with one another through empathy, working with one another as a functioning community (people working together to supply food and water for such a large number of unexpected people, as well as successfully and happily birthing children). It was an experience people were genuinely feeling and expressing love for each other.
Some of the artists who performed were Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater, The Incredible String Band, Blood Sweat and Tears and Crosby Stills Nash and Young.