Max Yasgur, whose farm held the infamous 1969 Woodstock concert, was a Vietnam War-supporting Conservative Republican. Nonetheless, he saw the concert as a way to close the generation gap, as well as subsidize the cost of purchasing hay for his dairy farm.

Daily TWiP – Max Yasgur, who rented out his farm as the site of Woodstock, dies today in 1973

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Looking for a surefire way to upset your neighbors? Invite a couple hundred thousand hippies to crash at your house. Max Yasgur, who died today (Feb. 9th) in 1973, did just that when he rented out a field at his White Lake, NY, dairy farm to host the now-iconic Woodstock Festival.

Yasgur, a conservative Republican who supported the Vietnam War, was the largest milk producer in Sullivan County, NY. He decided to rent one of his fields to the organizers of Woodstock because, due to it having been a wet year, he was going to have to buy hay instead of being able to produce it himself. The $50,000 payment he received for ren… Continue Reading (3 minute read)

10 thoughts on “Max Yasgur, whose farm held the infamous 1969 Woodstock concert, was a Vietnam War-supporting Conservative Republican. Nonetheless, he saw the concert as a way to close the generation gap, as well as subsidize the cost of purchasing hay for his dairy farm.”

  1. aaj617

    Too long for the title but i really like this too:

    > Initially surprised but recovering well, Yasgur soon bonded with the festival-goers, selling them food at cost or giving it away for free. He was appalled to discover that his neighbors (some of whom had threatened him for hosting the event) were trying to turn a profit by selling water to the hippies. Believing no one should have to pay for such a basic necessity, he provided water for free.

  2. uping1965

    “A half a million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music, and have nothing but fun and music, and I God bless you for it!”

    Max Yasgur

  3. ItsMoondog

    [Max Yasgur’s Woodstock Speech](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RDxHfvFQJI)

    ” I’m a farmer…
    I don’t know how to speak to twenty people at one time, let alone a crowd like this. But I think you people have proven something to the world — not only to the Town of Bethel, or Sullivan County, or New York State; you’ve proven something to the world. This is the largest group of people ever assembled in one place. We have had no idea that there would be this size group, and because of that you’ve had quite a few inconveniences as far as water, food, and so forth. Your producers have done a mammoth job to see that you’re taken care of… they’d enjoy a vote of thanks. But above that, the important thing that you’ve proven to the world is that a half a million kids — and I call you kids because I have children that are older than you are — a half million young people can get together and have three days of fun and music and have nothing but fun and music, and I – God Bless You for it!” “

  4. sonofabutch

    > Well I came upon a child of God
    > he was walking along the road
    > And I asked him tell me where are you going, this he told me:
    > Said I’m going down to Yasgur’s farm, going to join in a rock and roll band.

  5. ege3008

    There is a song by Mountain called “For Yasgur’s Farm”, the initial name of the song was apparently “Who Am I But You and the Sun”. They played the song in Woodstock, but they changed the name later when releasing the album as a reference to Max Yasgur.

  6. EndoExo

    Ayn Rand wrote an essay called “Apollo and Dionysus” where she trashes the for-profit, privately organized Woodstock concert in comparison to the government-funded, collectivist Apollo moon landing. Seemingly oblivious to this irony, the whole essay is just her bashing hippies.

  7. RingtailRush

    It just goes to show you that you may have different political stances. But it doesn’t mean you can’t be friends or that you have to stop treating each other like human beings.

    We’re all just be herded by the politicians anyway, we really should find more common ground rather than continuing to fight among ourselves.

  8. Roving_Rhythmatist

    My dad was there, he stuck around to help pick up trash afterwards.

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