If ever an Angel was sent to an entire generation…. Rumors were spreading aroun…
Written by megarock on February 9, 2018
If ever an Angel was sent to an entire generation….
Rumors were spreading around the town of Bethel that Max Yasgur was thinking of letting a bunch of long hairs have a festival on his property. Personal threats were launched, and a sign popped up reading: “ Don’t Buy Yasgur’s Milk. He Loves The Hippies.” “The sign did it,” said Miriam Yasgur, “When Max saw that, I knew darned well he was going to let them have their festival. You didn’t do that to Max.”
People didn’t want the long hairs in their town. At a town meeting many were there to complain. After hearing a number of complaints about the upcoming concert, Yasgur asked each official there if there were any legal stipulations, within their respective departments, that hadn’t been met to accommodate the expected 40,000 people per day. When no reservations were raised, he addressed the entire meeting saying: “So the only objection to having a festival here is to keep longhairs out of town? Well, you can all go pound salt up your ass, because come August 15, we’re going to have a festival!”
Max Yasgur passed away 44 years ago today on Feb. 9, 1973. He was just a farmer. Max had thought that there would only be about 40,000 people per day. But as the song says…. “By the time we got to Woodstock we were half a million strong”
RIP Max. A generation thanks you.