- Paperback: 154 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (January 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439222614
- ISBN-13: 978-1439222614
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,552,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Woodstock Story Book Paperback – January 29, 2009
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"A homemade brew of whimsical rhymes and personal photos from the historic hippie event that Levine attended as the still photographer for the Academy Award-winning documentary, Woodstock. This is an incredible, all-access pass to the music and art fair that came to be known solely as Woodstock.
With "you are there" photos, from aerial views of endless bodies sardine-packed like a Spencer Tunick happening, to close-ups of Hendrix, to an exquisite shot of Arlo Guthrie's shoes reflected in a puddle of water above the caption, "Rain and a wet stage were a constant factor but didn't stop Arlo from performing," the authors have created an intimate time capsule with this book.
The details and tidbits are highly specific ("The Woodstock security were called 'Polites', not Police," while another page features a then-pregnant Joan Baez and Ravi Shankar chatting backstage accompanied by a caption that explains that her husband was in jail for draft resistance), allowing for the festival to be framed inside its all important, Vietnam-era context.
Because Woodstock is told through a collage of photos, song lyrics and rhyming text, it also has a homespun scrapbook vibe, which feels right for recounting a personal communal experience. For example, one page reads, "Richie Havens launched the great show/ 'fore other performers were ready to go/ Holding the crowd for nearly three hours/ 'til 'Motherless Child' rang out from the towers" in bold type next to a shot of Havens on guitar. Smaller print explains, "Because the other acts hadn't arrived, Richie Havens was asked to open the show. His performance set the tone for all that followed."
Even if readers are not familiar with Havens or his music, the vivid picture of this artist drawn through word and image is nonetheless mesmerizing.
From The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia smiling behind a "For Rent" sign, to towheaded toddlers playing naked around a drum set during a break, the peace and love essence of Woodstock rings out loud and clear. Like Sly and the Family Stone "taking 'them' higher" here, the authors likewise reach for the sky." --KIRKUS DISCOVERIES
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The words tie the story together.
Makes one appreciate the wonder of this event.
When I look at some of the photos I sit with my mouth open. Example: a photo of 500K people is worth a million words.
Most of the photos I have not seen elsewhere, apparently taken by the author and not available to others.
Close-up pictures of the now-famous persons tell tales.
How did this event - against all probability - out of the control of the "organizers", come to pass? Remarkable!
Preparations were not adequate for any crowd, let alone the huge numbers that converged on this farmer's field. In spite of this, (or because of it?) a remarkable moment in time for an entire generation. A return to basics of human nature. Pictures tell the story.
Put this on your coffee table,
or keep it on your night stand.
A great way for the Woodstock Generation to "relate" to any younger generation... or visa-versa. Was this an event to imitate?? To fear?? Both??
Forty years ago in 1969, on the site of a grassy pasture in upstate New York, three famous days August 15th, 16th and 17th, made world history. At a time when there were no cell phones, no email, no blogs, no GPS, word still traveled, and some 500,000 people traveled far and wide for this historic event. No one anticipate a crowd this large would show up. People parked as far as fifteen miles away, expecting music and fun. The tickets were free, and what resulted no one could have anticipated. The music flowed almost continuously while people got high, some bathed in ponds and just about all enjoyed the music of: Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Santana, Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane, Creedance Clearwater Revival, The Who, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and so so many more musical talents that would define this generation. This historical event defined the hippie generation; a generation who wanted peace not war.
Barry Levine captured the entire event in photographs. From setting up for the performers, until the last of the attendees departed. His photos documented the entire event, including the mud soaked pastures and mountains of debris left behind after the event. So incredible was the photography that Woodstock won the Academy Award for Best Documentary.
The Woodstock Story Book is an awesome coffee table sized book, with some 240 fabulous color photographs, along with poetic verse. There was some nudity in a few of the photos, but nothing that I found offensive. This fabulous book would make a great gift item for someone who attended the event, or just someone like myself who grew up with the music and the culture of this generation.
RECOMMENDED - 4.5/5 stars
Through poetic lines, The Woodstock Story Book tells a lyrical account of the days leading up to the festival, the struggles with locating a large enough venue, and the community created in just a few days. The festival's stages were not even completed before the crowds started arriving.
The Woodstock Story Book is an essential photographic history of a tumultuous time in our nation's history.
I really enjoyed looking through the coffee table book, The Woodstock Story Book by Linanne G. Sackett, and reminiscing about those days and the music back then. The book is approximately 11 inches square and contains almost 300 color photographs (taken by Barry Z. Levine) and a poem about Woodstock. Even though there's not a lot of text in this book, I managed to learn a few things about the famous music festival:
* The event was organized by four friends - Michael Lang, Joel Rosenman, John Roberts, and Artie Kornfeld.
* The crowd was so peaceful, police and security had little to do and were called "Polites."
* One of my favorite bands, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young performed together for the first time.
* 500,000 people attended the three day event.
I think most people would enjoy looking through this book since it documents music that has stood the test of time.