Max Yasgur who hosted the ’69 Woodstock concert, received only $10K, shunned by his neighbors, gave free water and milk to guests and was hailed. He died 4 years later and received a full page obituary in Rolling Stone as a non musician.
After area villages Saugerties (located about 40 miles (64 km) from Yasgur’s farm) and Wallkill declined to provide a venue for the festival, Yasgur leased one of his farm’s fields for a fee that festival sponsors said was $10,000. Soon afterward he began to receive both threatening and supporting phone calls (which could not be placed without the assistance of an operator because the community of White Lake, New York, where the telephone exchange was located, still utilized manual switching). Some of the calls threatened to burn him out. However, the helpful calls outnumbered the threatening ones. Opposition to the festival began soon after the festival’s relocation to Bethel was announced. Signs were erected around town, saying, “Loc… Continue Reading