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.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on August 15, 2019, at 10:08 a.m. ET
A group of drenched festival attendees crowd under a slab of plywood to shelter from a passing rainstorm.
Trash and debris are left discarded across the grounds in the aftermath of the festival.
Left: Two friends sit drenched in the mud and water. Right: A woman sits alone under a blanket.
Several people huddle under a green tarp to escape the rain.
People huddle together under a piece of clear plastic in the rain.
A man walking past a car stuck in traffic notices feet sticking out the window.
Hundreds of people abandon their vehicles in response to excessive traffic on their way to Bethel, New York.
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.
People camp out with tents in the midst of a cemetery.
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.
Festival attendees wait in a muddy line for access to a water pump.
People dish out food to hungry concertgoers.
People receive medical care during the festival.
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.
People rest among the mud and trash.
A nude man wanders the festival grounds.
A couple twist a blanket in an attempt to squeeze out the water.
People watch the performances from a pile of garbage.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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