It's been 30 years since the first muddy melee -- check out our chart of how times have changed

By Liane Bonin
Updated July 23, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Woodstock. It’s not your parents’ rock show anymore. Thirty years after hippie hordes descended on Max Yasgur’s field, the historic concert is back, ’90s style. Korn, Willie Nelson, Ice Cube, Sheryl Crow, Limp Bizkit, Alanis Morissette, and more than 35 other bands will be playing in Rome, N.Y., this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To see how much the times have changed (or haven’t) since 1969, check out EW Online’s handy-dandy comparison.



Tortured Soul

Janis Joplin (above)

Alanis Morissette (above)


Don’t trust anyone over 30.

Start your Internet empire before you’re 30.


$18 for three days

$150 for three days


Audience burns millions of brain cells through drug use.

Audience burns out thousands of cell phones trying to track down their friends at the food court.

Most likely to end up in rehab

The Grateful Dead

Willie Nelson

Creepy albinos, then and now

Johnny Winter

Insane Clown Posse

Hippie chicks, then and now

Joan Baez



Bad acid trips — they’re free maaaaannnn!

T-shirts, jewelry, and crafts — $22.95 and up

Free Love

The only barriers to gettin’ some lovin’? Your own hang-ups, baby.

Uh, how about a condom, a blood test, and a list of references?

Worst hair

Joe Cocker

Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)

Destined for obscurity


Sugar Ray

Weirdest act

Sha Na Na, a wacky bunch of doo-woppers whose ’70s TV show was about as funny as a dog exploding

The Umbilical Brothers, a wacky pair of performance artists who imitate the sound of a dog exploding


Townspeople threatened to break the legs of the concert’s promoters if the show went on.

Townspeople now accept Mastercard, Visa, and American Express.

Sole survivor

Mickey Hart, playing with the Grateful Dead

Mickey Hart, playing with Planet Drum

Fence jumpers

Uh, there was a fence?

Six miles of steel-girded fencing will be monitored by 3,100 security, law enforcement, and support staff.

Visual record

Award-winning documentary has had rock fans shaking their heads in wonder at this timeless event.

Pay-per-view simulcast on the same channel that normally shows WWF wrestlers smacking each other on the head with folding chairs.