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Woodstock memories of mud, rain, peace, love - and a grey Janis Joplin

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Woodstock memories of mud, rain, peace, love - and a grey Janis Joplin

Woodstock memories of mud, rain, peace, love - and a grey Janis Joplin

Robin Naylor was just 15 when she went to meet 400,000 'friends' at Woodstock.

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Woodstock memories of mud, rain, peace, love - and a grey Janis Joplin

It was the summer of 69 and Robin Naylor had just turned 15 when she told her father she was going to see some friends in New York.

Little did he know Naylor was off to meet more than 400,000 "friends" at the Woodstock Festival.

Naylor's family had recently relocated to Bucks County, Pennsylvania from New York.

Her father was a famous pianist and conductor - and music meant everything to both him and his daughter Robin, she considered herself his protégé.

She set off to the famous festival with two of her five sisters - Patty, two years her superior, Patty's boyfriend Bill and her younger sister Nicole, whom she calls her "Irish Twin".

Fifty years later, Naylor remembers sitting in the front row and witnessing legendary performers including Janis Joplin and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young taking the stage.

While she also remembers feeling cold, hungry, wet and thirsty and her protective big sister warning her and Nicole against eating anything handed over to them by strangers, it was the sense of togetherness that stood out for her.

"I think it was truly a magical event.

It was magic in the air.

It was music.

It was, it was peace, it was love, it was total unity.

I mean, if we could bottle that now and just put it in everybody's water," Naylor said.

The three-day Woodstock Festival was held at a farm at Bethel Woods, in New York's Catskills mountains, August 15-18, 1969.

(Production: Parul Gupta)




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