It’s Sunday August 17 1969 the third day of Woodstock and mud creeps up the long pink and white blanket swaddling a young couple surrounded by the debris of revelry.
A recently returned Vietnam veteran sleeps on the grass behind them.
The image would go on to become the cover of the festival’s three-LP album.
The couple in turn would become unofficial spokespeople for those three days of peace and music on a dairy farm in upstate New York.
Almost 47 years later the now-iconic pair are still hanging on tight.‘She’s still my best friend.We get along great… For the most part we’re attached at the hip’ said Nick Ercoline the now grandfather who was once half of the image of a youth counterculture movement.There’s something so sweet about that image – her cuddled into his protective embrace – that resonates even decades later.When people find the couple during an era of supposed free love are still together – married two years after the festival 45 years ago – it stirs something.(cont..)