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Taking Woodstock Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Tiber, who helped organize the iconic music festival, recounts the events that led up to Woodstock in this entertaining true story. He recreates the events in dramatic detail, offering readers a new take on a legendary event as well as sharing his own coming-of-age story, his grapples with his homosexuality and run-ins with some of the most celebrated musicians and visual artists of the day. Jim Frangione is the perfect choice for the material: his dramatic flair brings a subtle theatricality to the story. He is able to transcend time and space and transport both himself and his audience back to the 1960s. A Square One hardcover. (Aug.)
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"(Taking Woodstock) is absolutely amazing! This reviewer couldn't put it down - in fact, read it twice before writing this review. If you've ever dreamed of being at Woodstock or even if you were there, the author Elliot Tiber will take you back."(Midwest Book Review)
"Momentous . . . [a] thoroughly entertaining tale [and] very human story."(Publishers Weekly)
"Comic and creative . . . [from] the man who serendipitously brought the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival to Bethel, NY, in the summer of 1969 . . . recommended."(Library Journal)
"The true story of Elliot Tiber, hero of the original Woodstock Festival . . . [a] snapshot of America Yesterday."(The New York Post)
"Gleefully candid and often hilarious . . . the story of a middle-aged gay man challenging bigotry, intolerance and the rural peace of Upstate New York's residents for the legal rights to sing, dance, and make love not war."(Foreword Reviews) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top customer reviews
He's witty with self-deprecating humor and brutally honest about his life with his crazy family, being in the closet and his sexual adventures, and the experience of being at the epicenter of the Woodstock festival.
Tiber's family owned a run-downed motel in Bethel, NY and he was friends and neighbors with Max Yasgur (owner of the farm where Woodstock took place) and suggested Max's farm to producer Michael Lang. He was also president of the White Lake Chamber of Commerce and had a permit to hold art and music festivals. Anyway, through a series of funny turns in the road and being at the right place at the right time, Tiber becomes witness to and involved in two historic events in 1969: Woodstock and Stonewall Inn (Gay bar that was raided and kicked off riots that started the Gay Liberation movement).
He encounters a bunch of odd characters along the way including famous people like Truman Capote, Rock Hudson, and Robert Mapplethorpe--all the while being hammered by his Jewish mother--and has a life altering experience with Woodstock.
The book is a quick read and if there are any faults it's that it doesn't contain any pictures. But otherwise very enjoyable.
It is a true story of how a festival in 1969 helped change the world forever and showed the "uptight" world how the REAL "beautiful people", some with no shoes and none with grandiouse material possessions, helped change the world for the better.
The guy who wrote this book was single-handedly responsible for enabling this "miracle" festival of Woodstook of "Peace, Love and Music" to happen, not that he believes in miracles, far from THAT. In any event, if there IS a God, then She certainly was at work alinging the planets and stars for this author to meet a childhood friend and both ended up saving the other from catastrophy. Truth IS stranger than fiction!
This is a MUST read book for anyone to complete his/her maturation process. What a diamond in the rough! An oasis of sanity amongst a sea of insanity, as is much of today's "civilization".
Roger P. Orcutt, Ph.D. (Microbiology)
The story is the memoirs of Elliot Tiber. He starts out with a very poorly written first part. He manages to be very repetitive and over drought. He tells you once and then tells you again describing it in detail and then remind you within two chapters. Elliot also drops names of people he knew while in New York. He seems very uptight for the first part of the act.
The second part of the book, the start of the beloved Woodstock mayhem, is when the book becomes very decent and an easy read. Even though the book is not so much about Woodstock itself, its about the struggling man and his family trying to handle the massive crowd. The book ends on a very nice note and makes the book overall a good enjoyable read. The reader can feel his change along with the other people around him and that in itself is a great "coming of age" story. A few really neat characters pop up too. "Taking Woodstock" is a decent easy read with a good story to back it.