On Sunday August 17, 1969, it was the third day of Woodstock. The mud creeps up the long, pink and white blanket that covers a young couple that are surrounded by debris from the festival. Behind them you can see a newly returned Vietnam veteran that sleeps on the grass. This veteran would go on to become the cover of Woodstock's album.
This couple would become the iconic image of the 3-day peach and music festival on a dairy farm in upstate New York.
Nick and Bobbi Ercoline only stayed at the festival for one night.
They had been together for 3 months at the time and Bobbi had been working in a bank for 3 years, while Nick had a construction job and was a bartender.
Their friend borrowed their mom's station wagon and they loaded it with beer and wine. With the main route being at a stand-still, they took some back roads and then began to walk to the festival grounds.
There were hundreds of thousands of people doing the same thing, all heading in the same direction. People had abandoned their belongings along the way and that's where the couple picked up the blanket- they had never thought to bring one along.
“It was so hot. [35 C] and 100 per cent humidity” and it poured rain on and off. Between the mud and the heat, people were stripping down as they were tuning in, but most of them were average people who’d go back to school or work the following week. They weren’t marching in protests or staging sit-ins. Yet, the concert did have a peace-minded focus as the war raged in Vietnam," Nick said.
Like most of the people in attendance, they were hardly the ardent hippies people presumed they were.
“I really think it was a blend. You’re talking a majority of kids that were college aged. But it was in the summer, so you had a lot of professionals off work, like teachers,” he said of the festival’s atmosphere. “Cops who were off work just to see what it was like.”
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