They came for the concert of their lives, but most experienced something far more profound.
In August 1969, nearly half a million people gathered at a farm in upstate New York to hear music. What happened over the next three days, however, was far more than a concert.
Jimi Hendrix’s Star-Spangled Banner brought the sounds of Vietnam to the crowd at Woodstock. But he wasn’t the only musician to reimagine the national anthem during a time of war.
Bill Hanley made the 1969 Woodstock Festival sound system and the resulting recording that forever shaped our collective memory of this generation-defining concert.