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There are some events, when place and time converge in glorious harmony, which become mythical, a metonym for everything they symbolise. Paris in the 1920s. New York in the 1980s. And Woodstock in 1969. The most famous festival of all time, Woodstock saw a crowd of half a million people converge and celebrate peace, love and music.

Forty-five years on, Woodstock remains the touchstone for the festival dream. Famed for its free-spirited atmosphere and era-defining music – including Joan Baez, Janis Joplin, The Who and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – it is still the festival to which all others aspire.

Now a new volume presents previously unseen photographs from the legendary event. Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone magazine’s first photographer, attended and captured the essence of Woodstock. His images focus on the crowds, from smiling children to loved-up hippies, from naked bathers to intent cameramen. “No one could have predicted the enduring influence of the Woodstock experience,” says Wolman. “In unexpected ways, Woodstock became more than a concert for all of us.”

26 Jun, 2014 Violet Hudson