It's 50 years since "an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music" drew hundreds of thousands of revellers to Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. 32 acts performed at Woodstock, what is now widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history. 

Dr. Dan Geary, Associate Professor of US history at Trinity College Dublin and Cathal Funge, broadcaster and music documentarian, discussed the legacy of the Woodstock festival on RTÉ Radio 1's This Week.

"The summer of 1969 was the height of the counterculture movement, the hippie movement", says Geary. "It was about trying to create a different kind of America, one that didn't have the same problems like Vietnam, racial conflict and rioting in inner-cities. At Woodstock, they thought they were creating a new culture based on peaceful co-operation rather than conflicts.

"The people who attended knew they were part of a movement. You saw it in the clothing they wore and the use of particular kinds of drugs. The countercultural trinity is sex, drugs and rock'n'roll and there was plenty of all three at Woodstock."

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Jimi Hendrix performs "The Star Spangled Banner" at Woodstock

From RTÉ 2fm's Dave Fanning Show, a 2012 interview with Michael Lang, one of the organisers of the original Woodstock