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Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival: The Backstory to "Woodstock"

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A book by Weston Blelock

"As Woodstock turns 40 . . . transcript of a 2008 panel discussion with Michael Lang and locals who were there." --Publishers Weekly      "Primarily a transcript of a 2008 panel discussion on the events leading up to … see full wiki

Author: Weston Blelock
Publisher: WoodstockArts
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The history of Woodstock before "Woodstock"

  • May 25, 2010
If you are like me, you will be surprised to learn that there was a Woodstock before there was "Woodstock." Decades before the massive music event now known to history as "Woodstock", there was a thriving artist's colony in the actual town of Woodstock, where ironically the festival was not held. Among artists and writers of all types, it was known as a retreat/workshop for folk musicians, including some very famous ones. The most well known is probably Bob Dylan. In 1964, he wrote material for his albums "Another Side of Bob Dylan" and "Bringing It All Back Home" in a studio above the "Espresso" coffee shop in Woodstock.
The initial planning for what became the Woodstock mega-concert was a natural extension of the art and music festivals that had been held in Woodstock throughout the twentieth century. This book is derived from a panel symposium/retrospective held in 2008, where some of the people that planned the Woodstock event rehashed the history of the town, some of the artistic events that had already been held there and where they planned to go as they solidified the idea of a mega rock concert. It is not a history of the concert itself, very little is mentioned about what actually happened.
If you are curious about the roots of Woodstock and how that region of the country had been a haven for artists for almost a century, then this is a book that you must read. Those artistic roots run very deep, far deeper than I had ever realized.

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