Woodstock: History and Hearsay / Edition 2

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Overview

This book, the town’s first official history when published in 1959, documents the run-up of events that culminated in the iconic Woodstock Festival a decade later, and serves as a reminder of the values and artistic impulses that underpinned a more idealistic era. It tells the story of the town from the time of the Amerindians, up through Revolutionary days, the glass-making era, the down-rent war, and the establishment of a utopian arts enclave during the early 20th century. With an artist’s eye, a worldly sophistication and a you-are-there charm, Smith weaves in tales of witches, farmers, mountain folk, Second World War veterans, and an astonishing array of fellow artists, neighbors and visitors that include Eleanor Roosevelt, John Burroughs, George Bellows, Helen Hayes, James T. Shotwell, John F. Carlson, Thomas Mann, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Edward G. Robinson, John Dewey, Pete Seeger, Carl Walters, Philip Guston and many others. The second edition includes a great deal of new material, including extensive endnotes, a bibliography and an expanded index. With the addition of close to 200 art reproductions, maps and images of local personalities, it showcases the work of the many creative people who have called Woodstock their home.
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Editorial Reviews

Albany Times Union
The story of Woodstock is given a delightful treatment in the new edition of Anita M. Smith's Woodstock History and Hearsay . . . which is also a tribute to Smith. [Highlighting] the book are color reproductions of the artist's paintings of Woodstock from the 1920s. The book's preface stresses the artistic and alternative lifestyle that the name Woodstock implies and that Smith lived, adding, 'the book serves well as a prequel to the Woodstock Festival of 1969, which took place just a year after her death.
—Michael Janairo
Antiques and The Arts Weekly
Aptly combining local lore and legends with anecdotes and scholarly research, this book would find a worthwhile place on the shelf of art scholars and collectors.
Catskill Mountain Region Guide
The book incorporates the one-with-nature attitudes and lifestyles of Catskill farmers, mountain folk and early environmentalists (such as John Burroughs and Miss Smith herself).
Chronogram
A gorgeous new edition . . . A striking painter, Smith lavishes special attention on Woodstock's extraordinary artistic heritage.
Tri-County Woman
An entertaining and intimate narrative account of the community's pre-Woodstock Festival Bohemian heritage . . . filled with delightful musings on artistic inspiration, artists and the future of Woodstock as an arts enclave.
— Rachelle Nones
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967926841
  • Publisher: Woodstock Arts
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 335
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
Anita M. Smith Biographical Timeline
Introduction
Chapter 1 / Early Settlement: History, Indian Legends and Settlers' Tales
Chapter 2 / Frontier Days: Indian Forays, Revolution and Liberty
Portfolio I: Anita M. Smith's Paintings of Woodstock, 1920-28
Chapter 3 / Glass Making in the Nineteenth Century: Impetus for Woodstock's Growth
Chapter 4 / The Down-Rent War: Catskill Farmers Rebel Against Feudalism
Chapter 5 / The Byrdcliffe Art Colony: A Utopian Dream
Chapter 6 / On the Maverick: The First Woodstock Festival
Chapter 7 / Rosie Magee of Rock City: Mother to a Generation of Artists
Chapter 8 / The Creative Energy of Rock City: Home of George Bellows and Other Leading Artists
Portfolio II: Anita M. Smith's Paintings of Woodstock, 1920-28
Chapter 9 / The Village Grows: From a Library to the Art Students League
Chapter 10 / Ohayo Mountain: A Place That Painters and Sculptors Call Home
Chapter 11 / Tales of the Upper Hamlets: The Sugarloaf Mountain Witch and Other Characters
Chapter 12 / The Second World War: The Community Unites to Lend a Helping Hand
Chapter 13 / The Soldiers' Stories: Woodstockers Share Their War Experiences
Chapter 14 / Some Local Personalities: Intellectual Curiosity Thrives in Peacetime
Chapter 15 / Artists Talk About Art: Projecting into the Future
Woodstockers in Service
Memoria
Second World War
Notes
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index
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  • Posted February 28, 2010

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    Great Book about the Rich & Diverse History of Art & Culture of Woodstock New York

    WOODSTOCK HISTORY AND HEARSAY is a great book about a great small town that for many years has heavily influenced the history of art and culture in the US. This engaging book is interesting from cove to cover. Anita M Smith, artist (1893-1968) compells the reader to follow her lead throughout her unique history of Woodstock, New York. The book includes a rich account of the region from the American Indians, the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony (still a working art colony), local lore and much more. The illustrations are excellent. High in quality content and well written. You'll want this book for your personal library!

    Babs Moley, Owner
    River Rock Health Spa, Woodstock NY
    www.riverrock.biz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    Woodstock - Who Knew? Anita M. Smith's Definitive Report

    The very mention of the word 'Woodstock' conjures visions of the great summer of 1969 when the little location in New York state became a symbol for free love, rebellion against the Vietnam War, and some of the finest music of the time. But why was Woodstock chosen for that momentous event? Reading this newly revised edition of Anita M. Smith's original 1959 WOODSTOCK HISTORY AND HEARSAY sets the stage for the answers to that question and does so in an immensely readable, thoroughly documented, richly illustrated book - a book that should be on the bookshelves not only of all libraries, but also in the libraries of readers who are curious about that wonderful institution, the 'art colony'. Anita M. Smith (1893 - 1968) was an accomplished painter, herbalist, historian, writer, and devotee of the arts. In her history of Woodstock she not only manages to include all the researched data from the founding of the community in 1778 through its emergence into an art colony, but she also includes anecdotal information, measures of the tenor of the times she examines, and introduces the many fascinating people who found residence there, people including Alexander Archipenko, George Bellows, John Burroughs, John Dewey, Philip Guston, Helen Hayes, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Thomas Mann, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Rosen, Pete Seeger, Conrad Kramer - great minds, great philosophers, painters, writers, environmentalists and significant lesser known individuals who supported the concept. Some may liken the group to the Bloomsbury Group in England, but the extent of time and variation of characters is far greater for Woodstock. The book is beautifully designed and contains many full color photographs of Smith's paintings as well as numerous photographs of the people and the places within Woodstock through the century when it flourished: it remains an important have for thought and the arts. In Smith's writing we are not only introduced to a place (though the beauty of the physical Woodstock is constantly painted for us in her poetic prose), but it also addresses that elusive essence of an art colony - a place where people of great talent interact to influence each other. WOODSTOCK HISTORY AND HEARSAY is a superb contribution to understanding American art and thought. This expanded volume, created for 2006 90th anniversary of the Maverick concert series, is a handsome and richly significant book. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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