The reason I was aware of Woodstock was because of Hurricane Camille. I had become interested in meteorology a year earlier while doing a 5th Grade science project so I was eagerly following reports about the hurricane. As I watched Sunday's evening news with rapt attention (no 24/7 coverage on The Weather Channel back in those ancient times) I was made aware of an outdoor music event on a farm south of Woodstock in New York state that had begun on Aug. 15, 1969. Meanwhile Camille was generating considerable interest because of how ferocious it had become as it approached Mississippi's Gulf Coast. Indeed, when it made landfall late on Aug. 17 it was one of the most intense hurricanes to ever strike the U.S. The number of deaths it caused (256) wouldn't be topped until Katrina killed an estimated 1,200 persons in 2005. Interestingly, veteran WNBC-NY news anchor Chuck Scarborough was a young local anchor in Biloxi, Mississippi back then.)
Camille's approach was very exciting for me, but Woodstock not so much. I was a bit too young (12 years old) to be enamored with "hippie rock" nor had I yet to develop any musical preferences (that would have to wait until Captain & Tennille came on the scene). Woodstock was more of an event for my sister and brother who were 18 and 16 at the time. My recollection was seeing aerial photos of the traffic jam leading out of the festival and naked concert goers covered in mud. For me Woodstock was just another news story that evening - along with the Tate/LaBianca (aka Manson) murders in L.A. that occurred the previous week. Camille was the main event (as it probably was for much of the nation at the time).
Both events have had numerous books written about them. Three to consider are Category 5: The Story of Camille; Roar of the Heavens; and Woodstock Revisited: 50 Groovy, Peace-Loving, Flashback-Inducing Stories from Those Who Were There.