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Woodstock Revisited: 50 Far Out, Groovy, Peace-Loving, Flashback-Inducing Stories From Those Who Were There Paperback – June 18, 2009


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1 Original edition (June 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605506281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605506289
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Reynolds (Pembroke, MA) happily joined the throngs of young people congregating at Woodstock—an event that shaped her life and her generation. She went on to become a professional writer and editor for more than twenty-five years, authoring five nonfiction books and editing five others. Ms. Reynolds is currently the editor of Adams Media’s new Hero series.

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It is a really fun book to read!!!
Geraldine M. Goldberg
I was too young to go to Woodstock but when I read about it out of this book I feel like I was there.
Bluesman
Because each chapter is a different journal entry, this is a fairly quick, light read.
D. Lepore

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
Trade size paper edition. There are 234 pages of actual text (not including a forward/introduction) plus an index. Included are a glossary,a list of chronological performers on each of the three days,and some fairly interesting statistics concerning the event. There are no photographs,which might have helped a bit.
Of all the books that I've read concerning "The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair",this is one of the better overviews of that "defining moment" in history. I have several books on Woodstock,but none written from this viewpoint,and that's the value of this concise book.

While most books about this three day concert focus on the music and the musicians,this book focuses on the people who went there for the music,somehow made it through the three days,and came away somehow changed,-usually for the better. But a few of the authors here couldn't seem to get past the crowds,mud,and everything else-and left soon after their arrival. Their stories,too,help make up a good cross-section of people whose memories of this momentous event continue to still interest us after all these years.

The stories are short yet very full of the ideals and feelings that many in this country had at the time. The Vietnam War,the King and Kennedy assassinations,and the riots and political upheavals both at the democratic convention and in major cities across America,all played a part in bringing together people from across this country for "three days of peace and love". And then there are some who just wanted to be a part of it all-nothing deeper.

The stories are told in a conversational style prose that only tend to heighten the link between "teller" and reader. I was nineteen years old at the time and remember following what news I could get about this huge event.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Kaczmarek on August 19, 2009
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This is a distinctly different book about Woodstock that focuses not on grand spectacle, cultural zeitgeist or the birth of new bright superstars, but on the first person stories of the real people whose almost accidental convergence made the event what it was.

Parts charming, parts funny, often touching and always interesting this collection of different accounts from individuals who were there reveals not the grand myth that has come to define Woodstock in popular culture, but the "on the ground" reality of how people came together (often on a whim) and their varied experiences. The aggregate of these individual realities paints a far more intimate and pertinent picture of the times, the event, and its effect on those that attended than any other currently available book.

In the end Woodstock was not about mud, drugs, sex or music but about the people and their experience; and here is collected a wonderfully intimate and significant selection of stories that reveals just that.

This is a must have for anyone with an interst in Woodstock.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Lepore on August 28, 2010
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Reading stories from the people who were there not only makes this book unique, but its fun! These 'journal entries' are interesting. So many different angles of the festival are chronicled in this book. People who had fun, people who didn't, and people that quite frankly don't remember much of the festival at all despite being there for the entire thing! I felt like I was there with them at the festival. These stories are rich in detail. Because each chapter is a different journal entry, this is a fairly quick, light read. I honestly couldn't put it down at some points. Some of the stories are a bit of a let-down as the POV is told from people who wanted to go but didn't make it. Not really sure how that fits into the book (the cover does say '50 far out stories from people who were there.') However, this simply goes to show that every angle of the festival is indeed detailed in this book. Regardless, it doesn't detract from the quality of the book. I would highly recommend for any Woodstock fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arnon Ehud on September 22, 2009
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I just loved this book. Read it cover to cover and shared the stories with my 2 young sons with whom I try to share the spirit of those time and why I see the Woodstock 69 as the greatest 3 days in 2000 years. I've seen the movie so many times, heard the music over and over trying to get into being there, as I wasn't that lucky - too young and too far away. But this book gives what it really was - 50 stories of being there ... or not. When I bought it I was afraid it will be too "oh what a beautiful event it was", but I realised quickly this is not the case. There are stories of those who really had the time of their life, besides stories of these who could not get there but were proud to know some one who did, and the girl who could not stand the huge crowd and left etc...
I very much recommend to those interested in what went on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolina Belle on October 5, 2009
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This book lets you get into the heart and minds of some of the people who attended this fair. They contributors all have a different voice and that is one of things that makes the book fascinating. Some loved it, some don't remember it, some got there and left, and some were in the area by accident. If you are from that era or just wish you were, this book will help you understand the times and people a lot better. Thank you, Susan Reynolds for gathering these stories and for all the extra information you have included. It is the first book about Woodstock that I have ever seen that was from the perspective of the people in the mud, not the producers, performers, promoters, etc. You really do need to get and read this book.
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