Woodstock at 45: Still stardust, still goldenBy Katie McLaughlin, CNNUpdated 3:33 PM ET, Mon August 25, 2014Just WatchedFlower power from Woodstock to CoachellareplayMore Videos ...Flower power from Woodstock to Coachella 02:02Story highlightsThe fabled Woodstock Music and Art Fair took place 45 years ago this weekThere were massive crowds and bands like The Grateful DeadDespite rain and lack of food, water and working toilets, it really was "3 Days of Peace & Music"Officially billed as The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, An Aquarian Exposition, the festival that came to be known, simply, as Woodstock is the stuff of legend.Friday marks the 45th anniversary of Woodstock, which took place from August 15-18, 1969.Woodstock didn't take place in Woodstock, New York, but in Bethel, about 60 miles away."It was really called Woodstock because (festival co-creator) Mike Lang thought it had the right vibe," Bob Spitz, journalist and author of "Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969" told CNN."Woodstock was where Bob Dylan lived," said Spitz, "It's where The Band hung out and he just liked the whole feel of the word. No matter where they were gonna have it, it was always going to be the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. Everything about Woodstock has to do with the vibe."2009: Folk singer Richie Havens remembers WoodstockMax Yasgur provided Woodstock's venue by leasing out his 600-acre dairy farm near the hamlet of White Lake in the Catskill Mountain community of Bethel, New York, 100 miles north of Manhattan.Just Watched'The Sixties' all next week on CNNreplayMore Videos ...'The Sixties' all next week on CNN 00:29PLAY VIDEOJust Watched60's: Sex, Drugs & Rock N' RollreplayMore Videos ...60's: Sex, Drugs & Rock N' Roll 00:30PLAY VIDEOForgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s – The 1960s is known for the major moments that shaped history -- civil rights, Vietnam, the assassinations of Kennedy and King. But the decade was also full of smaller events that also indicated change was in the wind. Remember Liz 'n Dick? Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's tempestuous marriage(s) gave us celebrity media coverage on steroids -- and we're still living with the aftermath (Think Kim and Kanye or Brad and Angie). Click through the gallery for lesser known '60s moments that still resonate today:Hide Caption 1 of 10Forgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s – The United Nations has often been criticized as ineffectual, but Dag Hammarskjold, its second secretary-general, was determined to change that. "(The major powers) thought they had got a safe, bureaucratic civil servant, nonpolitical, and they got Hammarskjold. It will never happen again," an aide once said. Hammarskjold died in a plane crash on September 18, 1961, while trying to settle conflict in the Congo. He was the first person posthumously awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.Hide Caption 2 of 10Forgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s – On August 1, 1966, Charles Whitman -- who had already killed his wife and mother -- went to the top of the University of Texas Tower and shot 46 people, killing 16. In the '60s, such a mass shooting was almost unthinkable. In recent years, we've experienced them more often. Hide Caption 3 of 10Forgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s – On March 13, 1964, Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was stabbed by a 29-year-old stranger, Winston Moseley. Two weeks later, The New York Times ran a story that said 38 people had heard her cries, but nobody rushed to help, not wanting to "get involved," said one. Though the details turned out to be overstated or inaccurate, the depiction of uncaring city dwellers has haunted society ever since.Hide Caption 4 of 10Forgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s – At the time it occurred in early 1969, the Santa Barbara oil spill, caused by a blow-out at a platform off the California coast, was the worst in American history. (It has since been succeeded by the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.) The scope of the spill, which polluted waters and killed sea life, was key to creating environmental protection laws and the Environmental Protection Agency. Hide Caption 5 of 10Forgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s – The death-row debate remains a prominent one in American culture. The man who helped put it there, Caryl Chessman, was a small-time hoodlum who was given the death penalty after being convicted of robbery, kidnapping and rape. In prison, Chessman wrote a memoir -- "Cell 2455, Death Row" -- and energized the anti-capital punishment movement. He was put to death on May 2, 1960. The debate continues.Hide Caption 6 of 10Forgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s – On March 27, 1964 -- Good Friday -- the area around Anchorage, Alaska, was shaken by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake, the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history. An estimated 139 people died, most due to tsunamis in Alaska and down North America's West Coast. It made the front page, but a similar event today, thanks to news-gathering technology, would likely be even more heavily covered. At least scientists learned a lot. Hide Caption 7 of 10Forgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s – You don't hear much about "society" anymore, but it still mattered in the '60s when Truman Capote (center) mixed socialites and celebrities with his 1966 Black and White Ball. Held in honor of the Washington Post's Katharine Graham -- pictured on the far left -- it was more of an excuse for a Capote party. The 500 attendees included Frank Sinatra, CBS founder William Paley, Lauren Bacall -- pictured on the far right dancing with choreographer Jerome Robbins -- three presidential daughters and Capote's elevator man. It was both a throwback to the swell soirees of the past and a precursor to the media-mad, celebrity-studded bashes of today.Hide Caption 8 of 10Forgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s – For 114 days in the winter of 1962-63, a strike shut down New York's daily newspapers. Publishing resumed in March 1963, but things had changed: in short order, the city went from seven newspapers to three, and TV and radio news became more important. The strike symbolized how easily people's news media preferences can shift -- something quite familiar in the internet age. Hide Caption 9 of 10Forgotten stories from the '60s 10 photosForgotten stories from the '60s – The death of Aldous Huxley, the famed author of "Brave New World," was little noted at the time -- not because he was a minor figure, but because he happened to die on November 22, 1963. Yes, the same day John F. Kennedy was shot. (C.S. Lewis also died that day.) It's an indicator that media coverage of one death can overwhelm all other news. Farrah Fawcett, who died the same day as Michael Jackson, could probably relate.Hide Caption 10 of 10EXPAND GALLERYThe posters promised "3 Days of Peace & Music," but the festival's initial concept "depends on who you talk to," said Spitz.Lang and festival promoter Artie Kornfeld wanted to have a blowout that was "the biggest party the counterculture had ever seen," said Spitz. "If you talk to their partners, John Roberts and Joel Rosenman, who were the money guys, it was to make a lot of money."For the crowd of 350,000 to 450,000 young people in attendance, Woodstock was all about peace and love, and that's no myth."The entire Woodstock festival was peaceful and the kids were respectful because of one word: marijuana," said Spitz. "Everybody was high. If it had been other drugs it would've been chaos. But because of dope and LSD, everything was peaceful there for those three days."Festival organizers who had been expecting a crowd of 80,000 to 100,000 people were blindsided when quadruple the crowd showed up. No one was prepared for a surplus of 300,000 people. With no system in place to charge them, Woodstock became a free event.Cars within a five-mile radius were at a standstill. New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller declared a state of emergency in White Lake. By Woodstock's second day, authorities publicly pleaded for anyone who might be on their way to the festival to turn around and go home. Eventually no one could get out or in unless they needed to be airlifted. Festival managers scrambled to fly in 30 extra physicians from New York City.Santana vocalist Gregg Rolie spoke to CNN while promoting the Blu-ray release of the director's cut of the 1970 Academy Award-winning documentary "Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace and Music."Santana's debut album was released the same month as Woodstock, catapulting the then-unknown band to fame.Rolie recalled arriving with the other members of Santana via helicopter."We flew in because everybody parked on the highway," said Rolie. "It was kinda like 'Close Encounters' or 'Field of Dreams,' you know? 'If you build it, they will come.' The highways were closed. Upstate New York was like a parking lot. So we had to fly in on helicopters."Santana's appearance is considered one of the festival highlights. The band played early on, before the first of two downpours that reduced Yasgur's alfalfa field to a sloppy, slippery slew of mud puddles. All of Santana's music was new at the time and the band was virtually unknown. They had not yet released their first album. Woodstock is credited for jumpstarting Santana's career."If you played at Woodstock, you had a career," said Rolie, who had no idea that the festival's legacy would resonate so powerfully 45 years later.Woodstock's lineup also included Joan Baez, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Band, among others.Joe Cocker performed a well-received cover of The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" Jimi Hendrix closed the festival. By the time he began his Monday morning set, which included his celebrated rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," the crowd had thinned out to 200,000. Many had to get to work, school, wanted to get a jump on the traffic or simply could not endure the close quarters any longer. Even so, Hendrix had never performed in front of such a big group before and nearly bailed.Although Woodstock has been lifted onto a pedestal in certain ways, by all accounts the festival lived up to the fable. The fairy tale, though largely drug-laden, was a reality for those in attendance.iReport: Hazy memories of WoodstockIt can be difficult to connect the storybook reality with Woodstock's harsher realities like overflowed toilets, lack of food and water, and a makeshift, 20-bed hospital tent to accommodate roughly 3,000 medical emergencies.A tractor crushed a teenage boy in a sleeping bag, fatally wounding him. One young man died of a heroin overdose, another died of a burst appendix. A young woman broke her back falling off of stage scaffolding.In addition, there were about 400 bad acid trips, sprained ankles from sliding in the mud, and many a gashed foot as a result of stepping barefoot on broken glass.Two babies were born, too. One child arrived in traffic en route to the festival, and the other was delivered in a hospital after the mother was airlifted out of the field.A lot of sex was going on at Woodstock and, according to Spitz, a lot of women forgot to pack their birth control so supplies of birth control pills were flown in.For an event where facilities were strained far past capacity, not a single fight or incident of violence erupted among the crowd, which endured near-unbearable conditions.Town elders, residents, shopkeepers and local police couldn't get over how courteous and considerate the kids were -- all 450,000 or so of them.Woodstock's financial backers were not so lucky. They took a bath -- and not a mud one -- to the tune of $1.3 million.Spitz called Woodstock "the beginning of the end of the '60s" because it, along with the moon landing, represented a bright period after the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy, and before the breakup of the Beatles and the deaths of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.Woodstock is legendary for many reasons, but what made it magical was the value people placed on one another."If these are the kids that are going to inherit the world," Max Yasgur said at the time, "I don't fear for it."The Sixties60 iconic moments from the 1960sSee images of 60 iconic moments of the 1960s. And experience "The Sixties" on CNN Thursday nights at 9 ET/PT.Quiz: Hippie? Square? Or revolutionary?If you lived in the '60s, would you be hanging at the soda shop? Or protesting injustice? Take this quiz about what you like today to find out who you'd be in the '60s. 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