As the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival approaches later this week, many people are pointing out that the festival never would have happened without the hospitality of a dairy farmer named Max Yasgur.

Yasgur rented out his farm’s alfalfa field as a way to make some extra money. But he ended up supporting the rights of the young people to assemble and express themselves.

“He was a conservative Republican farmer who fought like hell for these kids to have the right to express what they felt and believed,” his son, Sam, told the Sullivan County Democrat in an illuminating story that ran in 2004.

 Max Yasgur died in 1973 at the age of 53.

For some additional details, read the Sullivan County Democrat article on Max Yasgur and background from AbsoluteAstronomy.com.

Source: Sullivan County Democrat