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Woodstock: Three Days that Rocked the World
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
The 40th anniversary of Woodstock is upon us in exactly 3 weeks, and the market is being flooded with Woodstock related books of all kinds.

"Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked The World" (288 pages) is a coffee table book edited by Mike Evans and Paul Kingsbury. It is a pure delight to read from start to finish. The book is organized chronologically (rather than, say, thematically), a major plus. Every single artist that played at Woodstock gets profiled and interviewed and on top of that, We get the time of when they came on stage (e.g., Paul Butterfield Blues Band came on Sunday night into Monday morning at 5 am) and every single set list is included as well. Some artists only payed a couple of songs. It is surprising to me how many bands or artists played Woodstsock which I barely recognize (Tim Hardin, the Keefer Hartley Band, etc.), and how many of them were strictly acoustic. The other thing that is so different from the big festivals of today like Bonnaroo is that there was only one stage.

The artists relay many funny stories about their experience at Woodstock, some new, others not. About to be helicoptered from her hotel to the stage area, Melanie retells how "my mother and I started walking towards this helicopter, and someone says 'Wait, who's she?', and I said 'It's my mother' and they say, 'No, only bands and managers'--and I didn't even have the sense to say 'She's my manager'. I just said 'Goodbye, Mom' and I felt aweful about leaving her behind but I had no choice." Haha! Or how John Sebastian is unexpectedly asked to jump in and play a set and hence has to borrow Tim Hardin's guitar. And on and on.

The visuals in this book are just a marvel to look at. Some of these pictures are now iconic, but there are lots of others that are equally interesting and entertaining. In all, I can't say enough how impressed I was with this book. It's like you were there, really (except for the soundtrack of it all, which of course you can find on many newly released reissues from many bands that played the festival).
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This coffeetable book celebrating the 40th anniversary of this Woodstock has lots of great photos and choice interview quotes from the artists and organizers. The main reason I snatched this up was because of the inclusion of setlists for each of the acts who played at the festival, which as far as I know, has never been compiled in one place. I was a bit disappointed that these were incomplete. For example, the Jefferson Airplane section omitted "3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds," "...Pooneil," and "Wooden Ships"; Tim Hardin's "Simple Song of Freedom", Melanie's "Momma Momma", Country Joe and the Fish's "Summer Dresses" and "Silver & Gold" - I'm sure I missed a few others. The sad part is that I knew of most of these selections because they will be included in the upcoming Woodstock 6-CD boxed set. The Jefferson Airplane set was just released in its entirety and has way more songs than those listed in the book. Figured they'd do a better job on the research end... but still it's a worthy souvenir.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
I wasn't able to get to the Woodstock Festival (though I did make it to the Atlantic City Pop Festival just two weeks before) and so my knowledge of what actually happened has been based - like many other music fans - on the three-hour feature film (now released in a four-hour version with an hour of extra performances).

With this HEAVY coffee-table book I was able to experience the event in chronological order from the advance advertising, through all the performances, and on to the "cleanup". The authors Mike Evans - the British based researcher (you can tell when they refer to the "American audience" that Mike's from across the pond) - and Paul Kingsbury, the US journalist who Americanized Evans' text, did an excellent job in juxtaposing photos, set lists and both archival and new recollections from the performers.

All the performers who mounted the stage are covered both the well known and the more obscure, like Sweetwater, Bert Sommer and Quill. What? You never heard of Quill? That's because - due to technical difficulties - the audio and film footage was unusable and - remember - some of the artists - such as Melanie -were virtually unknown before the feature film was released. It was "Woodstock - the film" that made their careers.

Another reviewer pointed out that there are inaccuracies in the set lists included in the book. I trust that - based on his sources - he is correct and this is somewhat disappointing. And for this I have dropped a star from what would be a five star review.

Of course, it would be great to have CD of the music to go along with this book but there is 6-CD set forthcoming and you could program that is set list order (except of course for the unrecorded artists, as noted above.).

Overall a nice memento for those that attended and a nice document with photos and well organized quotes from those who participated in the event.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Logically organized, with surrounding events put into context, this product of the new Bethel museum is a must-see for anyone interested in the history of this epic event. Great pix, of course, but the text is good, too. I never realized that Michael Lang staged a Woodstock warmup at a racetrack just north of Miami. Woodstock seemed to come out of nowhere. Also, the festival's theme song, and that of a generation, practically, was written by Joni Mitchell based on observations conveyed to her by Graham Nash and David Crosby after the fact. Joni spent Woodstock ensconcsed in David Geffen's luxury apartment on NYC's Central Park West because she was afraid to miss her date on the Dick Cavett show the day after the festival ended. It's a great song anyway. The pictures of many Woodstock attendees now look quite contemporary. Styles have come around again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book is great lots of true color pics and also great story! i've had it 3 days and read it all the way thru and am going back to read it again... its Great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This book brings us back to younger days. Great to remember the past through photos like the ones in this book.
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on September 16, 2009
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is by far the best of all the 40th reminisces of "WOODSTOCK" iT RELIVES ALL THE HAPPENINGS OF THE event! tHE PHOTOS AND THE SHARINGS OFTHE CONTRIBUTOIRS OS THE BOOK. MAKES IT COME TO LIFE. MOST OF ALL I LOVE THE ADDITION OF JONI MITCHELL [ SHE COULD GET THERE & NEITHER COOULDI. BUT HER SONG WILL LIVE FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS. WE WERE THERE IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS.[ BUT WE DIDNOT GET WET & MUDDY. THANKS TO MIKE EVANS & PAUL KINGBURY FOR THEIR COMPILATION AND EDITING. THE BOOK IS A TREASURE; LIKE ALL OUR OLD FAMILY PHOTO ALBUMS

GEORGE JONES [THATS MY NAME AND I CAN'T SING, BUT I LOVE MUSIC ]
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on September 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just finished Pete Fornatale's " Back to the Garden " which had the "lit factor " but lacked the " great pic factor ". These two books are a perfect combo - and I highly recommend it. And, it was worth it just for the photo of the great late Bert Sommer - his acoustic set was so cooooooooooooooool and his quote that he "got a standing ovation, but realized the crowd was just hitting their way to the port-o-potties " Priceless. GET THIS VOLUME AND CHERISH EACH PICTURE whether you were there or not.
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on October 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World covers all aspects of the music festival and appears in three parts: a survey of its origins in the music and cultural trends of its times, a chronicle of the event with coverage of each act and their performance, and a survey of media coverage, follow-up festivals and the ongoing impact of Woodstock. Add a survey packed with color photos and you have a 'must' for any library strong in American cultural history, music, or Woodstock events.
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on March 17, 2015
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This is an awesome book, which outlines the history of the 1960s and shows Woodstock in cronalogical order. The pictures are awesome. There are comments from members of each of the performers, so you get a feeling of what they were thinking and doing. There are also quotes from the people attending, so you get an overall feeling of what the times and this event was like. Very cool, especially if you remember when this happened and want to know more about it.
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