Stories From Woodstock 1969
8:40:34 AM 05.10.10

My Woodstock Experience

I was a senior at Cleveland Heights High School. The world was changing from the Ozzie and Harriet, My 3 Son traditional family life. I lived in Cleveland Height, Ohio in an upper middle class family with two brothers and a sister. Mom didn't work. Dad owned his own business. They had 2 cadillacs. I had bought a used yellow mustang convertable the summer before with money I made painting houses.
My contemporaries and I were feeling the change. We still didn't lock our doors at home. But the Viet Nam war and fear of being drafted, psychedlic music from Beatles and Rolling Stones, and free love philosophy had all changed me. I had also discovered marijuana. I liked it better than alcohol. I grew my hair long, changed my clothing to tye dyed shirts, bell bottom pants, etc. No longer Izod and penny loafers.

The trip:
So it was only natural to run away from home to go to Woodstock. I left in my convertable drinking beer and smoking pot all the way. It took 10 hours to get to upstate New York. The time passed quickly with the blaring music that I sang along to as I drove. I was getting really excited about Woodstock. I had been to a few local concerts but this was going to be a whole weekend of music and a city of kids like me from all over the country. What a gas! When I got to tjhe road leading to the Yasgar farm the traffic wasn't moving any more. I drove until I saw ythe end of the line of parked cars on the side of the road and parked mine. I didn't think about where I was going to sleep, what I would eat, didn't bring soap or a toothbrush. I did bring some money and pot. I hadn't even bought a ticket yet. All I could think about was the weekend and music.

When I arrived it was a mob scene. No one knew if any tickets were left or where to get them. All of a sudden the throng had knocked down the chain link fence and we swarmed into the celebration. I was hot and sweaty and tied my shirt around my waist. suddenly someone passed me a cup of warm orange Koolaide. I drank it and moments later I was hallucinating. So this was what LSD was. From that moment on everything was a blur of pure exstacy. I remember port-a-cans lined in a row and people just peeing on the ground outside cause the lines were too long. People shared their food , drugs, and their bodies. I had sex so many times I was sore. When I was tired I think I slept on the ground.

The music:
Wow!!! The music would have been great anyways. But the drugs supercharged the experience. All the top names where there performing live. Janis Joplin, Iron Butterfly, Joe Coker, Richie Havens, Country Joe and the Fish, Ravi Shanker, Greatful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone (they took us higher), The Who, Jeffeson Airplane, 10 Years After, Jimmie Hendrix, ShaNaNa, and the Moody Blues. Probably some others but thats all I remember. There were several stages and the music was nonstop. Never before and never gain will there be a music extravaganza like this one.

The End:
Many of us stayed until the crowds died down for another 6 hours or so. Then we walked to our cars, tired, dirty, but smiling from ear to ear from the best weekend of our lives. I slept in my car until I could get back ont he road and drove home. I was grounded for a month. But - IT WAS WORTH IT!!!!

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jb311 May 11, 2010, 8:57 am
Hello my name is Joe Borelli, currently im doing a major socialogy project on a topic of my choice. I chose woodstock because i wish i could have experienced such a monumental event. One requirement for my project is an interview and after reading your story...(which i am truely jelous of) i was wondering if youd like to share some information about woodstock and how it changed you please get back to me my email is thank you and i plan on hearing from you.
flowerchild12 October 1, 2010, 9:06 am
hello lol the guy above me kinda saiad the same thing im going to say, im doing a national history day project, for social studies, and was looking to ask you some questions, if you could possibly give me a hand it would be greatly appreciated, you can contact me at

brianna naylor
HistoryDay2010 November 24, 2010, 10:03 pm
I am working on a history day project on woodstock and me and my group member wanted to know if there is any way for us to get in contact with you for an interview and to get more information about woodstock. It would be a privilege to talk to you.
tashiina January 25, 2011, 6:34 am
Hi! I'm sorry.. there are too many people interested in your story..
But I've the same thing, I reallyyyy like it! If you would like to answer them, I've some questions, it's for a school project. My email is
I hope to hear from you!
QTpatotie1 February 12, 2011, 9:50 am
well lets see you said you recall seeing the moody blues in my research and study the moody blues were on the orginal poster but they backed out because they got offered a gig in paris the same weekend. so were you really messed up you thought they played or did u just look at the orginal concert poster?
QTpatotie1 February 12, 2011, 9:51 am
ohh yeeah you can reply to me a
Vnguyen6 February 14, 2011, 12:30 am
Hi, I am also doing a Historical Event paper, and I was wondering if you could just tell me your name so I can quote a few things you wrote in this article. My e-mail is
Please and thank you and I really hope to hear from you.
emptyminded April 1, 2011, 5:42 pm
Hey man hows its gonig, i loved your story, is ther any way i could ask you a few questions? Pease get back to me at Thanks
KBoots April 6, 2011, 5:39 pm
I am also doing a major project on Woodstock, i dont know if you do get back to these comments but if it wasnt too much trouble if i could ask you a few questions and get some quotes from you it would be greatly appreciated
rockgardner April 15, 2011, 11:16 pm
Hey, I don't doubt that MAYBE you went to Woodstock, but there sure was some conflicting information in your story. Maybe it was dramatized to make it sound interesting, I don't know, but being at woodstock (I WAS there) was not about sharing bodies. It was also not about "running away"... you were a senior in HS and couldn't get permission to go somewhere for the weekend? And it was not about going alone either (you have no friends but could meet girls to have sex all weekend. And if you drank something with acid in it, it would of taken much longer then a few moments to affect you... much longer. So to me, this is all BS.
rockgardner April 16, 2011, 12:00 am
Oh, I forgot to mention... several stages??? There was only 1 stage where the noted artists performed, unless you're thinking of the puppet stage? There was a "free" stage, but none of the main performers played there... and since the whole event turned out to be free, I don't know if anyone played there.
GreenMountainMama July 18, 2011, 11:35 am
Harsh dudes. Thanks for sharing your version of the Woodstock story; ultimately there are over 1/2 million, and not all the same. Seeings how you grew up in an all male upper middle class, white family in the Bible Belt, and had the freedom to 'run' away in a car with money in your pocket and some weed, I'd say you helped form the nostalgia of this Historical Day in music history; so, thanks for taking that risk and for living to tell about it. Hope anyone doing research here takes into account the Culture where you were coming from, and that by merely getting in a car and leaving meant to your family that you were running away. Peace and love peeps. Keep on rockin in the freeeee world.
madisondarby March 21, 2012, 3:31 pm
hi my name is madison leenher and i am currently doing a english project over woodstock and i was wondering if you would be interested in answering some questions about your experience? if so can you please email me at

thanks so much!

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