People gather among the mud and trash before a performance on July 26, 1999.

Two naked men stroll through the grounds of Woodstock ’99 on July 24, 1999.

People set up their base camps for an overnight stay at Woodstock ’99 on July 25, 1999.

Festival attendees freshen up for the day on the morning of July 25, 1999.

Festival-goers rest up among the trash, July 25, 1999.

People pose for a picture while covered in mud in this undated picture.

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An estimated 100 people pose nude for photographer Spencer Tunick on July 24, 1999.

DMX performs on the main stage, July 23, 1999.t

The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform on July 25, 1999.

The Insane Clown Posse performs on the west stage, July 23, 1999.

A sea of fans watch DMX perform on July 23.

Kid Rock performs on the east stage, July 24, 1999.

Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst brings his performance to the heads of the crowd of the east stage, July 25, 1999.

People in the crowd start fires using anything they can find as fuel, July 25, 1999.

Festival-goers climb the destroyed metal scaffolding of a stage during the early morning hours of July 26, 1999.

Fans ignite plywood and debris at the conclusion of Woodstock ’99 on July 25, 1999.

People pose for a picture while standing on an overturned vehicle in the early morning hours of July 26, 1999.

New York State police officers patrol Woodstock ’99 following the riots, fires, and looting, July 26, 1999.

A man jumps over a fire in the early morning hours of July 26, 1999.

Looters carry away items stolen from Ace Hardware trailers parked in the campground area in the early morning, July 26.

Police in riot gear stand watch after the sun rises on July 26, 1999.

The cleanup begins on the morning after the rioting at Woodstock ’99.

A man is apprehended by police on July 26, 1999.

A New York State Police cruiser attempts to drive through the debris at the campground of Woodstock ’99, July 26, 1999.

A man sleeps among the trash on the hot concrete, July 26, 1999.

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