Despite the problem-filled Woodstock 50th anniversary festival being canceled, people and artists were adamant about paying homage to the epic 1969 festival. One performance that stood out to those who attended the first edition and returned for the current event hosted by the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts came from Arlo Guthrie and his very fitting rendition of “The Times They Are a-Changin’.”

Guthrie, an original Woodstock exhibitionist, played an evening set atop the famous hill, but said he also wanted to perform at least one song near where the 1969 stage was located. Picking up a guitar, he sang the Bob Dylan classic for a group of reporters gathered on the grass under the wilting afternoon sun.

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“It was a great time,” Guthrie told onlookers. “For me, the Woodstock festival was a celebratory end of an era. It was not the beginning of anything. It was the end of something, and it was an end of a very turbulent time that was also very wonderful.” An estimated 400,000 people showed up for the original festival on upstate New York farmland August 15-18, 1969, but the current anniversary event is much more curated with visitors needing tickets and travel passes to drive to the site.

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