Woodstock, the original music festival, celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. The 1969 three-day long concert hosted dozens of performers, including the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. More than 500,000 came out to the 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills to dance, sing, camp, get high, and skinny dip. And the whole thing was captured by Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone magazine’s first photographer.
“I ended up spending most of my time out in the wild with the crowd because what was happening ‘out there’ was just too interesting not to explore,” he said.
The images he took during that iconic event have been compiled and bound in a new tome by Reel Art Press called Woodstock. The book contains never-before-seen images, a Q&A session with festival creator Michael Lang, and a forward by legendary guitar player Carlos Santana. Browsing through the photos gives the viewer a small taste of what it was like to be young, wild, and free during those groovy years.