Forty years ago this weekend, Nancy Eisenstein, then 22, woke up from a nap in a field in upstate New York to hear Roger Daltrey serenading her.
Bathed in a single spotlight and wearing all white, Daltrey, lead singer for the Who, "looked like an angel," she said, as he sang the words, "See me. Feel me. Touch me. Heal me," from a song from the band's recently-released rock opera "Tommy." The crowd of concertgoers at Woodstock watched, transfixed and silent.
"You could hear a pin drop," Eisenstein said.
Eisenstein had driven with her friend Kris from East Cambridge to Woodstock for what they thought would be the concert experience of a lifetime. They got there early Friday with their $13 tickets in hand to see some of their favorite bands -- The Who and Jefferson Airplane, among others -- and watched the masses pour into the fields in front of the stage.
Eisenstein, who lives in Ashland now and laughs frequently telling her Woodstock stories, said she made fast friends with other music-lovers camped near her blanket during the three days and nights of music and rain. Once she and her friend got back to Boston, Eisenstein peered over the shoulder at another T passenger's newspaper (no one would stand next to them because they "smelled like livestock"). Eisenstein said reading an article about that weekend made her realize what Woodstock would mean to her generation.
"When we were there, we were in the moment," she said. "At the time, I don't think anyone thought of it as a generation-defining event -- it was just a great rock concert."
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