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Held over three days in August 1969, the Woodstock festival was, for many, the culmination of the counterculture movement. More than 35 years later, the word Woodstock conjures notions of Edenic peace and love, a landmark moment from the Sixties that is both unforgettable and inimitable. In this authoritative reference guide—the first of its kind—historian James Perone presents encyclopedic entries on all the performers who played Woodstock, including Joan Baez, Country Joe and the Fish, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Ten Years After, The Who—even Sha Na Na—as well as the organizers and decision makers behind the event, from Michael Langer, governor Nelson Rockefeller, documentary film director Michael Wadleigh, and even the Concerned Citizens Committee who prevented Woodstock Ventures from holding the fair at the original site in Walkill, New York. Historical chapters trace the history of the festival from its inception and planning to its aftermath—including the infamous Altamont concert in December 1969 and the ill-fated 30th anniversary concert held in Rome, New York, in 1999. A wealth of historic photos plus an appendix of recordings and a subject index round out this wonderful reference for any scholar of 20th-century American music, history, and culture.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"High-school, college, and public library readers should find the book both interesting and educative, if not exhaustive. The encyclopedia entries are diverse enough to serve as jumping-off points for further research on the producers/performers of Woodstock '69 and the counterculture movement of the 1960s. Those who want to know more about the festival's place in American history and the logistics involved in developing and promoting it will find the narrative chapters beneficial, as will those who are intrigued by the 1994 and 1999 events. All in all, the book is an insightful work on a turning point in American musical and cultural history."


Music Reference Services Quarterly

"Though writing primarily for academic and informed fans, Perone has compiles a useful and exhaustive handbook/history to an important symbol of American social and music history; it appears to be the only resource of its kind. Recommended for strong reference collections."


Library Journal

"A symbol of the hippie movement and the 1960s counterculture, Woodstock was actually just one of several music festivals of the time. This volume describes and contextualizes the famous 1969 event and notes its legacy….The spirit of Woodstock appeals to several generations. This volume provides useful information about the event, the actions leading to it, and its aftermath and is recommended for high-school, college, and public libraries."


Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

"Perone has established a useful foundation for further research on one of the seminal events in Amereican cultural history."


Lawrence Looks at Books

"[T]his is a title that will appeal to libraries of all types. It will serve both the general enquirer checking or seeking basic facts and the students faced with a Woodstock or 1960s counterculture assignment."


Reference Reviews

"[A] valuable and apparently unique contribution to the music and pop culture literature with this concise and informative book about the August 1969 music and art fair known as Woodstock….[t]his book is carefully documented and is truly a paper-writing student's or diehard Woodstock fan's dream!…Woodstock: An Encyclopedia of the Music and Art Fair is well-written, easy to comprehend and appears to have been a labor of love for its author. However, if possible, it would best serve both academic and lay readers by being placed in circulating collections. It is recommended for academic libraries supporting music programs and perhaps courses concerning 1960s culture. Larger public libraries may wish to consider purchasing this book as well."


Reference & User Services Quarterly

Library Journal
Previously in Greenwood's "American History Through Music" series, Perone (music, Mount Union Coll.) wrote Music of the Counterculture Era. Now he tells us everything we ever wanted to know about the Woodstock music festivals, beginning with a selective history of rock music festivals then continuing with the well-known 1969 event, detailing its planning, profiling the audience, and providing an hour-by-hour account of the performances. He then moves to the 1994 and 1999 revivals, paying special attention to the violence that marred the latter outing. More than 60 pages are devoted to brief, paragraph-long biographies of the performers, organizers, and other aspects of the original Woodstock festivities, arranged in alphabetical order. Among these entries are Jimi Hendrix, Michael Langer, and the Concerned Citizens Committee. Perone ends with appendixes that include set lists from the performances at the three Woodstocks, recordings and films about the events, and an annotated bibliography. Bottom Line Though writing primarily for academics and informed fans, Perone has compiled a useful and exhaustive handbook/history to an important symbol of American social and music history; it appears to be the only resource of its kind. Recommended for strong reference collections. [Perone is an LJ music reviewer.-Ed.]-Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313330575
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/2005
  • Pages: 248
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES E. PERONE is Associate Professor of Music at Mount Union College. He is the author of several books on music, including Music of the Counterculture Era and Songs of the Vietnam Conflict.

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Table of Contents

1 Popular music festivals of the late 1960s and early 1970s 1
2 The Woodstock music and art fair 23
3 Woodstock '94 : the twenty-fifth anniversary festival and a day in the garden 67
4 Woodstock 1999 and a day in the garden 85
5 An A-to-Z of the Woodstock music and art fair 103
App. I Woodstock set lists 167
App. II Recordings and films 181
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