In 1969 music fans from all over the country gathered in upstate New York for “some concert”, a concert that lasted three days through rain and sun.

The concert became known as Woodstock and helped to launch the career of musicians who went on to become icons of the era and the world of music.

Opening this month and running through the fall, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is featuring a special exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock concert.

The exhibit, “Woodstock 50”, features rare prints from the event, performance costumes, video footage, concert tickets, and original signs.

Artifacts included in the exhibit are:
The Leica M4 camera that photographer Jim Marshall used in photographing the events at Woodstock
The guitar strap used by Jimi Hendrix when he played his now iconic performance of “The Star Spangled Banner”
The handwritten lyrics for “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)” – the last song Hendrix performed live
A hand drawn map of the festival grounds and aerial views of the area
A telegram from festival organizer Michael Lang envisioning the concert and his plans to secure film and air concert footage.
Rare video footage from Woodstock that offers new perspectives of the festivalgoers
The costume worn by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Sebastian when he performed with the Lovin’ Spoonful at Woodstock
The shoes worn by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day during the 25th anniversary of Woodstock – Woodstock 94 –

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio. The museum contains thousands of artifacts and memorabilia from its hundreds of members amassed over the past 30 plus years.

Musicians become eligible for the nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album.


photos courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame