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Jun 04, 2019 | ISBN 9781623545314

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• For the many of us who weren’t fortunate enough to have been there (because we weren’t born), and even for those that were, the original Woodstock Festival has become one of the most storied events in rock and popular music history. Thanks to the movie and countless campfire legends, there’s so much that we know about the festival, so many nuggets that have become rock & roll folklore.

The free love at the the free festival in the free-flowing mud. The brown acid. Hendrix’s dramatic closing set. Janis, The Who, The Dead, Joe Cocker and more, all putting in career-defining performances. There are legitimate reasons we still talk about Woodstock.

All of those things are covered in Daniel Bukszpan’s new book and, incidentally, the mere fact that books are still being written about Woodstock speaks volumes. But the real fun lies not in the frequently retold legends, but rather the nuggets that are less frequently discussed. The bands that played sets not considered legendary.

That means the people who played early on day one, such as Richie Havens, Indian yogi Swami Satchidananda, Sweetwater, Bert Sommer and Jim Hardin. We read about the nightmare that was the bathroom situation (barefoot and carefree sounds great until you have to wallow through two feet of piss-mud), and the logistical issues of getting everyone fed. We can ponder the simple fact that the Paul Butterfield Blues Band had to follow Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. And we can laugh at the fact that organizer John Morris sent a coded “Fuck you” message to Iron Butterfly when they demanded a helicopter from LaGuardia.

We knew so much about Woodstock but, after reading Bukszpan’s book, we know so much more.
LA Weekly, Book of the Month

• Read about the Woodstock phenomenon that has captured our collective psyche in the Washington Post at

Table Of Contents

   • Foreword
   • Introduction
   • Beginnings
Michael Lang
Artie Kornfeld
Joel Rosenman
John Roberts
John Morris
Chris Langhart
Chip Monck
Bill Hanley
The Hog Farm
Bill Graham
Abbie Hoffman
Arnold Skolnick
Joshua White
Max Yasgur
Word of Mouth
Artists Who Didn’t Perform
The Locals
Getting There
The Traffic
Elliott Landy
It’s a Free Festival
   • The Performers: Day One
Richie Havens
Swami Satchidananda
Bert Sommer
Tim Hardin
Ravi Shankar
Arlo Guthrie
Joan Baez
First Aid
The Brown Acid
Where’s the Bathroom?
   • The Performers: Day Two
Country Joe McDonald
John Sebastian
The Keef Hartley Band
The Incredible String Band
Canned Heat
Grateful Dead
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Janis Joplin
Sly and the Family Stone
The Who
Jefferson Airplane
News Coverage 
Technical Difficulties
   • The Performers: Day Three
Joe Cocker
Country Joe & The Fish
Ten Years After
The Band
Johnny Winter
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Sha Na Na
Jimi Hendrix
   • Endings
Coming Home
Births and Deaths
Dick Cavett
Soundtrack Album
The Documentary

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