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The town of Woodstock, New York, the original planned venue of the 1969 concert, is over 60 miles from the actual site. And Woodstock was a key location in the rock landscape even before Bob Dylan holed up there after his infamous 1966 motorcycle accident. Hoskyns re-creates Woodstock's community of brilliant dysfunctional musicians, scheming dealers, and opportunistic hippie capitalists drawn to the area by Dylan and his sidekicks from the Band.Perseus Publishing
A socio-cultural-musical history of the iconic upstate New York locale of Woodstock
Think "Woodstock" and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. But the town of Woodstock, New York, the original planned venue of the concert, is located over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. Long before the landmark music festival usurped the name, Woodstock-the tiny Catskills town where Bob Dylan holed up after his infamous 1966 motorcycle accident-was already a key location in the '60s rock landscape.Book News
In Small Town Talk, Barney Hoskyns re-creates Woodstock's community of brilliant dysfunctional musicians, scheming dealers, and opportunistic hippie capitalists drawn to the area by Dylan and his sidekicks from the Band. Central to the book's narrative is the broodingly powerful presence of Albert Grossman, manager of Dylan, the Band, Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield, and Todd Rundgren-and the Big Daddy of a personal fiefdom in Bearsville that encompassed studios, restaurants, and his own record label. Intertwined in the story are the Woodstock experiences and associations of artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Tim Hardin, Karen Dalton, and Bobby Charles (whose immortal song-portrait of Woodstock gives the book its title).
Drawing on numerous first-hand interviews with the remaining key players in the scene-and on the period when he lived there himself in the 1990s-Hoskyns has produced an East Coast companion to his bestselling L.A. canyon classic Hotel California. This is a richly absorbing study of a vital music scene in a revolutionary time and place.
Music historian Hoskyns harks back to the glory days of Woodstock, New York--the small town not the fabled venue 60 miles away. Before the famous festival in the country, Woodstock, the town, was already known to rock-n-rollers, schemers, and hippie capitalists. Drawing on interviews and his own experience of living there in the 1990s, he recreates the 1960s community of diverse musicians--Bob Dylan, members of The Band, Janis Joplin, Todd Rundgren, Jimi Hendrix, Karen Dalton, Van Morrison, and others--overseen by the powerful manager Albert Grossman. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)Baker
A socio-cultural-musical history of the upstate New York region of Woodstock illuminates its lesser-known role as a destination for 1960s folk artists, citing the studio and restaurant establishments of manager Albert Grossman.
A multi-disciplinary history of the upstate New York region of Woodstock illuminates its lesser-known role as a country destination for 1960s folk artists, citing the studio and restaurant establishments of manager Albert Grossman and the ways the region inspired such artists as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. 25,000 first printing.