I was so thrilled to have received a copy of The Woodstock Story Book from Lisa Roe in the mail last week. (Thanks Lisa)
Can you remember what your life was like in 1969? Were you even born yet? I was around, and I can remember. I wasn’t at Woodstock, but I read all about it, watched on television, and talked about with all my friends.
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 imagined 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