The Couple From Woodstock Are Still Together To This Day
The couple from an iconic photo taken at Woodstock in the summer of 1969 will go down in history. The well-known photo of the pair, wrapped in each other's arms in the morning light, has been rendered so descriptive of the legendary event that it's even the cover image of the Woodstock soundtrack album.
And – you may need to grab a tissue – according to reports, the two are still together.
It's almost 50 years since the counterculture festival, which offered a space for the generation to gather and promote peace and love at a time of profound change in America; women's rights were improving, the civil rights movement was underway and the Vietnam war had finally ended. Woodstock is even considered to have changed the music world forever.
Whilst so much has changed in the half-century since Woodstock, the way Bobbi and Nick Ercoline – who were 20 at the time the photo was taken – feel about each other, hasn't.
The couple married two years after Woodstock and are still going strong, with two sons and living in upstate New York – just a 40-minute drive from where the festival took place.
“She’s still my best friend. We get along great… For the most part we’re attached at the hip,” Nick told the National Post in 2016. The pair, who were once the image of youth, are now grandparents.
In an interview with the Guardian in 2015, Bobbi recounts the events that led up to the photo being captured, and those that followed.
Insisting that they weren't the uber hippy couple people expected, Bobbi explains that her and Nick "were just normal, hard-working kids from small towns."
They happened to go to Woodstock for just one night on a whim – they overheard the fun on the radio, their mate stole his mum's car and off they went. After ditching the wheels six miles from the festival and walking alongside thousands of others, they reached the vast stretch of land where Jimi Hendrix, Canned Heat and The Who would play.
"Around us were families, couples, people shouting, babies crying, yodelling, banjos, bongos," Bobbi said. "The air was damp and smelled of campfires and pot. I’d not seen anything like it before. We didn’t sleep that night."
It wasn't until months later that Bobbi and Nick got hold of the festival album when it came out. Gathering in their mate's apartment, they realised they were on the cover.
"It was exciting to see the album, but it wasn’t a big deal – Woodstock was over," she explained. "It wasn’t until the 20th anniversary in 1989 that our story came out. Life magazine put an ad in our local paper looking for people who were there to come forward. I filled in the coupon and mailed it back, and a photographer arrived the following day."
"For me, it was the start of the next part of my life: Nick and I married two years later and we’re still together. We feel privileged to have been a part of it."
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By Lydia Morrish, published on 14/06/2017