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Woodstock Music & Art Fair was a music festival held on a 600 acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha, 0.94 mi²) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Thirty-two acts performed during the sometimes rainy weekend in front of nearly half a million concertgoers. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone's 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.[dead link]
The first day officially began at 5:08 p.m. with Richie Havens and featured folk artists.
The day opened at 1:20 pm, and featured some of the event's biggest psychedelic and guitar rock headliners.
Chip Monck announced the next act as "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young", but the name Young was dropped from the movie and film soundtrack, possibly reflecting the fact that Young skipped most of the acoustic set (only joining in for the seventh and eighth songs) and refused to be filmed during the electric set (felt the film crew was a distraction from the music).
Jimi Hendrix was Woodstock's closing act, and he performed the longest set of the concert. After being introduced as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Hendrix corrected the new group's name to "'Gypsy Sun and Rainbows', for short it's nothin’ but 'A Band of Gypsies'." Later during the set he re-introduced them as 'Sky Church'.