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Here's Just How Miserable Woodstock Really Was

Woodstock defined a generation and saw some of the greatest musical performances in history — as well as inclement weather, overcrowding, and garbage as far as the eye could see.

Posted on August 15, 2019, at 10:08 a.m. ET

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A group of drenched festival attendees crowd under a slab of plywood to shelter from a passing rainstorm.

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Trash and debris are left discarded across the grounds in the aftermath of the festival.

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Left: Two friends sit drenched in the mud and water. Right: A woman sits alone under a blanket.

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Several people huddle under a green tarp to escape the rain.

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People huddle together under a piece of clear plastic in the rain.

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A man walking past a car stuck in traffic notices feet sticking out the window.

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Hundreds of people abandon their vehicles in response to excessive traffic on their way to Bethel, New York.

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A person with head injuries lies on the ground after being thrown from the trunk of a car as the result of a fender bender. Ambulances were unable to reach the scene because of the traffic.

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People camp out with tents in the midst of a cemetery.

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A mounted police officer chases two people who wandered from the festival onto private grounds.

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Left: A woman does her best to wash herself with an available water pump. Right: People bathe nude in a nearby waterfall.

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Festival attendees wait in a muddy line for access to a water pump.

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People dish out food to hungry concertgoers.

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People receive medical care during the festival.

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A sick person is evacuated from the festival by a US Army helicopter. Several hundred people were evacuated by air from the festival, where more than 300,000 fans had jammed roads, making ground transportation impossible.

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People rest among the mud and trash.

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A nude man wanders the festival grounds.

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A couple twist a blanket in an attempt to squeeze out the water.

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People watch the performances from a pile of garbage.


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