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Ontario woman returning to Woodstock, with son, to mark 50th anniversary

Cillian O’Brien
Printed Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:28PM EDT
Final Up to date Thursday, August 15, 2019 11:12PM EDT

Billed as “Three Days of Peace and Music,” the Woodstock pageant in upstate New York attracted almost half one million folks together with Toronto teen Maureen Docherty.

She had simply turned 18 in August 1969, the so-called “Summer of Love,” when she made the journey from Canada’s largest metropolis to the occasion in Bethel, N.Y.

Now, the she hopes to return to the city together with her son for its 50th anniversary.

“It was like being in a refugee camp or one thing however as soon as the music began to play the entire ambiance modified,” Docherty instructed CTV Information.

“Back then we had a sense we were invincible and we could just go and do anything … it felt like a safer time.”

Woodstock, named after the city close by, came about on farmland between August 15 and 18 that 12 months and noticed an estimated 400,000 folks attend to listen to among the largest names in rock historical past.

The unique occasion turned a defining second in ‘60s counter-culture and noticed among the largest performers of the 20th century take to the stage, together with Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Joan Baez and Janis Joplin.

“It really sort of defined the generation,” Docherty mentioned.

“A lot of turbulence, turmoil on the earth however while you had been there you simply felt like one monumental household.

“It was the sensation of this camaraderie. It was a peaceable time actually, we may use slightly little bit of that now.”

Canadian rocker Neil Younger joined supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash on stage within the early hours of August 18, 1969.

“For a minute we had been hopeful, for a minute we weren’t going through the Vietnam Conflict,” mentioned bandmate and singer David Crosby. “For a minute we had been first rate human beings.”

After reaching near-mythical standing as a logo of the hippie motion, the pageant was revived to combined success in 1994 and 1999.

This 12 months’s deliberate 50th anniversary live performance was cancelled final month.

The three-day pageant was initially scheduled for August 16-18, however a sequence of setbacks together with allow denials and the lack of a monetary accomplice and a manufacturing firm noticed the troubled occasion axed.

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