Woodstock Ticket Sells for $1,000
A ticket to the opening day of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair sold for $1,009 after 45 bids on eBay. If you had bought the ticket in 1969, it would have cost you only $8.
The Aug. 15 lineup included the late Richie Havens, who ended up being the first artist onstage because several of the scheduled acts were unable to make their way through the traffic jams leading to the festival site in upstate New York.
Havens was followed by Sweetwater, the Incredible String Band, Bert Sommer, Tim Hardin, Ravi Shankar, Melanie, Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez. Rain began to fall during Shankar’s set, infamously creating a soupy mess that would become one of the festival’s defining images.
Woodstock would host several career-making moments — including gigs for Santana, Joe Cocker and Crosby Stills, Nash and Young — over the next three days. Other highlights were the Who‘s early-morning show featuring ‘Tommy’ songs and Jimi Hendrix‘s volcanic festival-closing performance that included his iconic version of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’