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“Kerouac opened a million coffee bars and sold a million pairs of Levi’s to both sexes. Woodstock rises from his pages,” William S. Burroughs once opined. If it is difficult to imagine the curmudgeonly Burroughs, patron saint of the beat movement, enjoying himself at a music festival—he was invariably clad in a three-piece suit and a felt Homburg hat—the grumpy old man was nevertheless onto something. The beatniks of the 1950s, with On the Road author Jack Kerouac as their spiritual master, did indeed give rise to that million pair of unisex jeans—and a million other fashion trends that came to full, wildly eccentric flower at Woodstock, whose 48th anniversary is this weekend. Nearly half... Full story

10 April