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40th Anniversary: Woodstock - Peace, Music & Memories Paperback – July 3, 2009

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Brad Littleproud and Joanne Hague are proprietors of the Woodstock Preservation Society. Littleproud was active in the historic preservation of the Woodstock festival site, and continues this work through the society. Hague, who grew up just 60 miles from the site of the event, was too young to attend, but was mesmerised by the site's mystique years later and joined Littleproud in his efforts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (July 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896898334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896898332
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Martie Malaker on June 12, 2009
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What a beautiful book! I am amazed at the aesthetics alone. The pictures and text are presented on a tastefully decorative background, and yet it does not distract from the actual content. In addition, each chapter has it's own artistic border. This not only adds to the beauty, it's easier to find pics and stories you might want to share when pressed for time. A great coffee table book!

Woodstock Peace, Music & Memories is very different from most other books on the subject simply because it is a collection of stories from several people who were there, and clearly remember it. It is not the same old "official" stories and legends that have been retold countless times over the past 40 years. The personal accounts are engaging and offer a great insight into the experiences of many festival goers.

There are far more pictures than text. Hundreds of photos, and many, if not most, have never been seen before. Photo quality is amazing, including shots of newspaper articles of the time. The articles are one of my favorite parts...it is fascinating to read what was actually being reported at the time.

This is one of those books that you can flip through over and over. The quality of the book is unbelievable for such a great price and it's the best book I've seen about anything Woodstock.

Highly recommended!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By P. Zelkovsky on June 13, 2009
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When I finished devouring Woodstock: Peace, Music and Memories, I gave it to my 23 year old to have a look at it.

Woodstock never interested him so when he half-heartedly grabbed the book out of my hands, I thought that I would be getting it back in less than 5 minutes.

However, after several hours he wanted to sit down and hear all about Woodstock (yes, I was lucky enough to have been there). He had always thought that I had put "my spin" on the experience but once he read over and over again that other people had also been affected (in a good way) that maybe there was much more to Woodstock then he had believed.

Reading the stories and the quotes, he was able to finally see the picture that I had been describing over the years.

Although we have Woodstock the movie on tape and have other books that have been released over the last 40 years, it wasn't until he read through Woodstock: Peace, Music & Memories that he finally "got it".

Thank you for recreating and preserving the memories and enlightening new generations.

Peace
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Colucci on June 13, 2009
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"It was with great expectation and excitement the day I unwrapped my edition of "Woodstock, Peace, Memories & Music" written by Brad Littleproud and Joanne Hague. I had pre-ordered it some months prior and finally it had arrived. My first impression was to marvel at how large, substantial, and beautifully illustrated the book appeared. I knew immedately I was holding something very special in my hands. The quality and photo layout is superb. The balance between photo and dialogue is exceptional. It comprised 255 pages of historical significance beautifully crafted in a volume that begged me to roll up with it and to relive wonderful memories which immediately jumped off the pages. As an author and someone who actually attended the event depicted in this book, I cannot but give it my highest endorsement. It is descriptive, educational, well written and masterfully compiled. This book is destined to become the classic reference sourcebook. An educational, pleasureable retelling of the event which defined my generation and impacted the consciousness of the entire world."

Christopher Cole
author of
The Closer's Song
(Woodstock Story)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Wrdeno78 on July 3, 2009
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Finally! A great collection of audience snapshots, video still and recollections the invoke the magic of the event. This is the real thing. Warts and all. The spirit of joy still comes through 40 years later thanks to these pages. If you've ever been to the site you know the vibe.
Woodstock was a Kumla Mela - a great gathering of holy seekers - that occured just once on American soil. And that soil holds its memory. Go there, experience the peace that's still there. and read this book more than once. Go ride the music!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex Honda on June 29, 2009
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I love the 40th Anniversary WOODSTOCK-PEACE, MUSIC & MEMORIES book by Brad Littleproud and Joanne Hague.

The over sized book measures 10-inches by 10-inches and is stuffed with black and white, and color professional and amateur photographs that really give the reader a secondhand experience of what it was like being at the 1969 music and peace festival.

There are newspaper clippings included that are big enough to read so you really get an all-sides presentation of the event. I really like that the book contains stories from the attendees about how they ended up going and what happened once they got there. Some even have pictures of themselves that they either took at the concert or where captured by pro photographers who were covering Woodstock. It really gives you a better understanding of what was going on at the festival and really gives you insight to appreciate the movie Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Director's Cut (40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition with Amazon Exclusive Bonus Disc) and the scope of the event.

This book focuses on the real stars and story of Woodstock--the concert goers--and does include great pics and memories from the performers as well.
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