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The Road to Woodstock

A book by Michael Lang

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Getting There

  • Nov 23, 2009
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Lang, Michael. "The Road to Woodstock", Ecco, 2009.

Getting There

Amos Lassen

Michael Lang was one of the promoters and creators of the Woodstock Music and Art Festival. He knows what it took to put on this festival and we are lucky enough to have him share that with us. It has already been 40 years since the festival and that is somewhat hard to believe. Woodstock took the world by storm and showed the power of music and community. It lasted 3 days in August, 1969 and half a million people were there. But the road to Woodstock was filled with obstacles and this is a wonderful look at how Woodstock came to be. The book also contains a "Where are they now?" section which is just pure fun.
We not only learn about Woodstock but we also learn about Michael Lang and he tells his story through the mouths of others in the "I WAS THERE" point of view. The book takes us back in time to a period of upheaval and change and we se why Woodstock mattered so much. The book is honest and shows us just how much we needed Woodstock. Lang gives us a personal look and the book is a thorough and good review of the period. It's a fun and enlightening read.

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review by . November 30, 2009
Forty years after the event, the meaning of the music festival called Woodstock is still subject to a wide variety of interpretations. To some, it was a crude drug and sex fest where the music was secondary and an excuse. However, to others it was a magic moment when over 500,000 people got together and got along for three days. Given the overwhelming numbers that arrived, transportation, sanitation and food delivery nearly broke down, yet the people stayed mellow and controlled. There was generally …
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For three days in August 1969, half a million music lovers happily braved torrential rains, endured lack of food and clean water, and grooved to the cosmic blues of the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, danced all night to the funky soul of Sly and the Family Stone and witnessed the birth of a new band called Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Held at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., the first Aquarian Exposition, or the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, grew far beyond the expectations of its creators. In this lively memoir, Lang, one of the festival's cocreators, retells the story—some of it already well-known—of the halting steps that he and his partners took to develop the greatest rock concert of all time. After a stint at NYU, Lang moved to Coconut Grove, where he opened a head shop and, with the help of some of his friends, organized Miami Pop in 1968, one of the first outdoor music festivals drawing major acts. Burned out on Miami, Lang headed to Woodstock, N.Y., to settle into the bohemian community of artists and craftsmen, and opened a recording studio. With a storyteller's verve and energy, Lang regales us with the tales of struggles with smalltown political leaders who opposed the festival, the kindness of Max Yasgur and the gargantuan task of feeding and taking care of a community the size of a large city. With the gritty insights of the ultimate insider, Lang weaves interviews with performers and others into his memoir, providing a ...
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ISBN-10: 0061576557
ISBN-13: 978-0061576553
Author: Michael Lang
Publisher: Ecco

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