By the Time We Got to Woodstock: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Revolution of 1969

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(Book). A fast-paced, fun, and sometimes brutal look at America's most volatile and creative year in music 1969: a time of euphoria and devastation, freedom and assassination, revolution and retribution, moonwalks and sit-ins, love-ins and race riots, sex, drugs, and guns. Idyllic college campuses became killing fields and inner cities went up in flames as the drumbeat of popular music tried to drown out the drums of war. 1969 was birthed through the visions and violence of 1968. By the Time We Got to Woodstock breathlessly documents a year that
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Overview

(Book). A fast-paced, fun, and sometimes brutal look at America's most volatile and creative year in music 1969: a time of euphoria and devastation, freedom and assassination, revolution and retribution, moonwalks and sit-ins, love-ins and race riots, sex, drugs, and guns. Idyllic college campuses became killing fields and inner cities went up in flames as the drumbeat of popular music tried to drown out the drums of war. 1969 was birthed through the visions and violence of 1968. By the Time We Got to Woodstock breathlessly documents a year that saw more music-as-manifesto and rock-as-revolution than ever before. At one mad outdoor party after another from Miami to Denver, and from Woodstock to Altamont cracks in the promised hippie utopia quickly turned to canyons. This was the year that saw the Beatles go supernova while Bob Dylan hightailed it to Nashville. From the Byrds, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, the Airplane, and Janis Joplin to the Velvet Underground, the Mothers of Invention, Funkadelic, and the Fugs, 1969 stands up as a decade-smashing anomaly in the annals of rock'n'roll captured gloriously in this blistering book.
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Members of the Woodstock nation would have been hard pressed to find the likes of Rudy Vallée, Al Jolson, or any other hit makers of 1929 on their car radios as they were stuck miles deep in traffic on their way to the festival chronicled in Pollock's (Rock Song Index) sprawling take on a historic year. Forty years on, the music of 1969 is unavoidable, driving classic rock radio and iTunes sales. Pollock provides the social and political background, discusses regional musical and recording differences, and devotes sections to albums, singles, and festivals. With such a large scope, the book becomes something of a survey course, and Pollock does include more autobiography, repetition, and bias (the author wrote the liner notes for a Sha Na Na LP and rates their influence a little too highly) than necessary. VERDICT Readers with a strong interest in Woodstock should look to Michael Lang's The Road to Woodstock or Pete Fornatale's Back to the Garden; for others, Pollock provides a wide-ranging overview of musical happenings during that memorable year.—Bill Baars, Lake Oswego P.L., OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879309794
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Intro. Good Times/Bad Times

Pt. 1 No Easy Way Down

1 Nixon's Coming 3

2 Goin' Up the Country 21

3 The LA Trip 33

4 If You're Leaving San Francisco 55

5 East Is East 85

6 Don't Forget the Motor City 113

7 The Long and Winding Road to Altamont 133

Pt. 2 Opiates for the People

8 Three Minutes of Heaven 151

9 The Joy of Segues 189

10 Sky Church 255

Outro. Hello/Goodbye 279

A Timeline of the Season 283

Bibliography 299

Index 305

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