On this day (Aug. 15), 48 years ago, one of the most iconic music festivals took place on a patch of farmland in White Lake, New York.

The Woodstock Music & Art Fair—which would later go down in history as simply Woodstock—was a four day event where 32 acts performed outdoors in a farmer's field in the Catskills area and a record 400,000 people showed up.

While the festival was initially conceived as a commercial venture by a couple of music promoters, it came to define the counter-culture generation of that era and Rolling Stone magazine would later hail it as one of the "50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll." 

There were other music festivals that took place in 1969—including The Stones in the Parka free concert in Hyde Park in London where The Rolling Stones was the headline act—but none achieved the same enduring status as Woodstock.

Some of the original promoters are actually planning to stage another Woodstock festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary in 2019.

In the meantime, scroll through our pictures for a trip down memory lane.

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