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Woodstock: The Oral History, 40th Anniversary Edition
     

Woodstock: The Oral History, 40th Anniversary Edition

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by Joel Makower, Michael Lang (Foreword by), Joel Rosenman (Foreword by)
 

The definitive oral history of the Woodstock rock festival.

“The definitive study of the mega-concert.”—Rolling Stone

“Woodstock comes alive here, even if the music itself seems almost incidental to the backstage dramas.” Publishers Weekly

Woodstock: the Oral History is the definitive, electrifying account of the rock

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The definitive oral history of the Woodstock rock festival.

“The definitive study of the mega-concert.”—Rolling Stone

“Woodstock comes alive here, even if the music itself seems almost incidental to the backstage dramas.” Publishers Weekly

Woodstock: the Oral History is the definitive, electrifying account of the rock festival that shook the world and defined a generation.

In 1969 four young men had a dream: to produce the greatest rock concert ever held. Little did the group—two budding entrepreneurs who really wanted to write sitcoms, a former head shop proprietor turned rock band manager, and a record company executive who smoked hash in his office—know how enormous a reality their dream would become.

Woodstock: The Oral History is the fascinating story of how it all came together—and almost fell apart—told exclusively in the voices of the men and women who made it happen. It’s the adventures of a ragtag bunch of businessmen and bohemians, of hippies, hucksters, handymen, and hangers-on, working against all odds to unite a generation for one wild, glorious weekend in August 1969. These pages are replete with vibrantly expressive stories and voices, featuring a wonderfully eccentric cast of characters, from producers and performers, doctors and cops, to journalists, filmmakers, electricians, neighbors—and, of course, thousands of blessed out, rain-soaked flower children. You’ll get behind-the-scenes stories from such people as David Crosby, Abbie Hoffman, Miriam Yasgur (who, along with her husband, Max, owned the land on which the festival was held), Richie Havens, Wavy Gravy, Paul Kantner, Chip Monck, and a host of others.

Woodstock: The Oral History is the one truly authoritative volume—the definitive oral history of this momentous event. This special 40th anniversary edition features a new introduction by Michael Lang, one of the original producers of Woodstock, as well as updated information on the people who made the music festival happen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438429748
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/09/2009
Series:
Excelsior Editions
Edition description:
Anniversar
Pages:
369
Sales rank:
1,334,007
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Joel Makower is Executive Editor of GreenBiz and a veteran writer and speaker on green business and clean technology. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Strategies for the Green Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in the New World of Business and The Green Consumer. Michael Lang, one of the original coproducers of the Woodstock festival, continues to be a force in the music industry and is the author of The Road to Woodstock. A graduate of Yale Law School, Joel Rosenman is also one of the original coproducers of the Woodstock festival. He is the coauthor (with John Roberts and Robert Pilpel) of Young Men With Unlimited Capital: The Story of Woodstock. Today he works as an investor.

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Woodstock: The Oral History, 40th Anniversary Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book pulls together everyone who played a major role in the Woodstock concert in 1969 and allows them to tell the story in their own words. The interviewees weren't that far removed from the event when they did the interviews, unlike most books coming out this year, which consist of a lot of nostalgic looking back that adds nothing to the history. This account details the hard work that went into putting on the festival in a way that no other book out there does. Best history of the concert and its impact out there.