Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Three days of Peace and Music

Forty years ago today, early in the morning, Jimi Hendrix was headlining Woodstock. 400,000 muddy concert-goers celebrated one of the defining moments of a generation and one of the most important events in music history.

To celebrate this anniversary, there is a new crop of Woodstock books showing up on the shelves at FCLS. Check out these new ones:

Elliot Tibor had no idea what he was in for when he convinced his parents and neighbors in the quiet town of Woodstock, NY that they could drum up some business for the community by hosting a weekend-long music festival. Taking Woodstock is his account of what happened. A movie version of this tale, directed by Ang Lee, is hitting the big screen at the end of the month.

The Road to Woodstock, by Michael Lang, with Holly George-Warren. Woodstock coproducer and copromoter Lang gives a behind-the-scenes look at what went in to making the festival happen - everything from port-a-potties to Pete Townshend.

Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock, by author and DJ Pete Fornatale, includes original interviews with Roger Daltry, David Crosby, and dozens of headliners, organizers, and fans.

Also at FCLS, on DVD: Woodstock - 3 days of peace and music. The classic concert film has been re-released for the 4oth anniversary with extra songs and new footage. Or check out a music CD by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, CSNY, Grateful Dead, or many of the other Woodstock rockers.

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