LIFE photographers John Dominis and Bill Eppridge arrived at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in the tiny town of Bethel, New York, expecting to cover a rock concert. Instead, they spent three remarkable days and nights chronicling what many still regard as the defining event of the 1960s. Many of their photographs of the event have never been published. Until now.
Oh Woodstock. I grew up 20 minutes away from Bethel and I wish I could have grown up in this type of atmosphere. Unfortunately, Bethel is a very conservative town that recently thought that the weekend Phish festival would spell havoc for Sullivan County. Regardless, Woodstock makes me proud to be a resident of Sullivan County and even though moments like these may not happen anymore, I am glad for those who got to experience the magic of Woodstock.