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Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock Kindle Edition
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The chapters on Dylan, the Band, and even Albert Grossman and his influence were enlightening.
Particularly enjoyed how the author used many interviews and much info from the local townsfolk.
These really bring to life what the scene was like in Woodstock in the 60's and early 70's.
Also enjoyed how he contrasted that scene to what the town and surrounding area are like today.
The final chapters on Levon Helm and his legacy in the town are quite touching and I think quite accurate.
It was very sad to read how Rick Danko and Richard Manuel had fallen on such hard times at the end
of their all too short lives. Overall, a very enjoyable read of a very well researched book.
nostalgic and fascinating inside account of the rock 'n roll genius-legends of the time who either lived in Woodstock or often passed through to create what has turned out to be the veritable anthems of rock 'n roll. It's also an account of the rock music business and industry, and how that behemoth too often clashed with the pure, innocent creative souls of the artists with many unpleasant consequences. Through the beauty of Woodstock - including the haze of pot and all kinds of other drugs that swept its way into the brains of some of the most creative and successful rockers of our time - we come to better appreciate how this small town north of "the city" became a magnet for the rock and folk geniuses that left their indelible stamp on an entire generation. It's a hell-of-a-read and certainly one of those important contributions to the history of this time and the music and musicians that made all of that history and music so indelible. Did my mind actually hear many of the classic tunes that were part of our collective experiences of the time for most of the read? You bet it did! Frankly, I had no idea that one small town in rural New York State contributed to enormously to perhaps the most important chapter in music history. And this gem of a book explains how that all happened.
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the music scene, particular the music scene in Woodstock (the city, but also included some tidbits about the festival, even though it wasn't held in Woodstock).