Woodstock Book 8/16/19

Out now is perhaps the best new book published in time for the golden anniversary of 1969’s Woodstock festival — Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Back To Yasgur’s Farm by author Mike Greenblatt. The 224-page book features a foreword by Country Joe McDonald, along with interviews with such iconic performers as Graham NashCarlos SantanaJoe CockerRichie HavensCountry Joe McDonaldEdgar Winter, members of Jefferson AirplaneCreedence Clearwater RevivalSly & The Family StoneCanned HeatSha Na Na, co-host Chip Monck, assorted attendees, and many, many more. All 32 performances of the thre three-day festival are covered in detail.

Mike Greenblatt, who was 18 when he attended Woodstock, is able to blend his encyclopedic knowledge of rock with his first-hand experiences at the event to paint a full-scale portrait of what Woodstock was all about: [“Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were idyllic. Sure, it rained all three days off and on — but it was a light, misty rain, and it was warm, and there was no problem. You learned to take as much space as possible; if you didn’t people would start crowdin’ in on you from the left and right. But, they were friendly, people. They shared their wine, they shared their sandwiches, and water, and pot. We had left everything back at the car! We didn’t even know where the car was! We had nothing, except shorts and a t-shirt.”] SOUNDCUE (:27 OC: . . . and a t-shirt)

Greenblatt explained that as a die-hard music fan himself, Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Back To Yasgur’s Farm, covers all the bases: [“This is the ultimate Woodstock book. It has that section in the middle of all 32 acts — when they went on, every song they played, the personnel, what they were paid. And then I added a fun thing ’cause I’m a baseball fan and I love stats; I added that ‘Five Top Albums’ for every single band.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . every single band)

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • Out now is Woodstock 50th Anniversary: Back To Yasgur’s Farm by author Mike Greenblatt.
  • The book features a foreword by Country Joe McDonald, along with interviews with such iconic performers as Graham NashCarlos SantanaJoe CockerRichie HavensCountry Joe McDonaldEdgar Winter, members of Jefferson AirplaneCreedence Clearwater Revival, Sly & The Family Stone, Canned HeatSha Na Na, co-host Chip Monck, fans, and many, many more.

FAST FACTS

  • The original Woodstock Music and Art Fair took place in Bethel, New York from August 15th to August 18th, 1969.
  • Acts on the bill included Joan BaezJanis Joplin, the Who, the BandCreedence Clearwater Revival, the Grateful DeadSly & The Family StoneJefferson AirplaneSantanaBlood, Sweat & TearsCrosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and many, many more.
  • Considered the defining event of 1960’s counterculture, Woodstock attracted some 450,000 attendees to a largely peaceful event set against the turmoil of the decade’s closing years.
  • Anniversary events were held in upstate New York in 1994 and 1999, with bands like MetallicaRed Hot Chili PeppersRage Against The Machine, Blind Melon, Bush and Limp Bizkit playing. The 1999 show ended with violence, fires, and alleged sexual assaults, and the ill-fated 2019 50th anniversary show never got as far as  tickets going on sale before being scrapped.