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When Greenwich Village was Bohemia

On August 15, 1969, the Woodstock Music Festival opens on a patch of farmland in the upstate New York town of Bethel.

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August 1969, Crowds of people carry picnic and camping supplies while walking past parked cars on the road to the Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, New York.

Phillip and Daniel Berrigan burning Draft files 1968."He has spent over half a century digging mock graves on the Pentagon’s front lawn, pouring vials of his own blood on Capitol Hill, vandalizing army airplanes, hammering on nuclear nosecones, turning his back on judges during his sentencing hearings, [and] staging hunger strikes in prisons ... standing in court on charges ranging from “criminal mischief” to “destruction of government property” to, most egregiously, “failure to quit.”

On July 31, 1970, at Middlefield, Connecticut, the Powder Ridge Rock Festival was scheduled to begin. A legal injunction forced the event to be canceled, keeping the musicians away; but a crowd of 30,000 attendees arrived anyway, to find no food, no entertainment, no adequate plumbing, and at least seventy drug dealers. Volunteer doctor William Abruzzi declared a drug “crisis” on 1 August and said “Woodstock was a pale pot scene. This is a heavy hallucinogens scene.”