- Paperback: 361 pages
- Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (June 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385247176
- ISBN-13: 978-0385247177
- Package Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.4 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,643,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Woodstock: The Oral History Paperback – June 1, 1989
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From Publishers Weekly
The landmark 1969: the first year of the Nixon presidency; the year in which the U.S. death toll in Vietnam exceeded that of the Korean War; the year of Chappaquidick--and the year of Woodstock, the three-day music festival that Margaret Mead reportedly called "the best-planned and most significant gathering of young people in the history of the world." Makower, a freelance journalist, attempts the formidable task of interpreting Woodstock by setting it squarely within its historical context and interviewing scores of participants, among them musicians, neighbors (both the hostile and the amicable) and employees at the food concessions . From the first tentative conversations between its four producers (Michael Lang, JoelRosenman, John Roberts and Artie Kornfeld) to the lingering aftermath--the grounds, for a weekend the third-largest city in New York, were afterward declared a disaster area--from the interminable security and lavatory arrangements to the "freak-out" tents and the lawsuits from locals, Woodstock comes alive here, even if the music itself seems almost incidental to the backstage dramas. Photos. QPBC selection; author tour.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Letting over 100 attendees and others who made it happen just tell it like it was, Makower has compiled a massive literary birthday cake for Woodstock's 20th anniversary. Far wider in scope than Jack Curry's Woodstock: The Summer of Our Lives ( LJ 3/15/89), this oral history offers page after page of commentary from a cross-section of those connected with it. After writing two pages of preface, Makower never again intervenes; and while one can appreciate his aim, the massiveness of the project called for more direction: keeping track of the huge number of personalities is finally burdensome. Ultimately, this well-illustrated compilation may be of greatest use as a reference tome for 1960s scholars. Small libraries can get by with just the Curry book. More comprehensive collections will want Makower's as well because of its research value.
- David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib . , Boston
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
Now that we are approaching the 40th anniversary, this book is a source for remembering how fresh and new the concept was and how the People were motivated to make it work, because we thought the music was that important.
'Build it and they will play' could have been the mission statement for the organizers, who had to invent their roles and miraculously provide resources in order to make it happen.
Let's hope that the publishers,will recognize the opprotunity of the anniversary and reprint this marvelous retelling of a sentinel event in the cultural and politcal history of the 60's, 70's and beyond.