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Review: The Woodstock Story Book

August 29, 2009

Woodstock Story book

I was ten years old when Woodstock took place forty years ago, so I don’t remember much about the event itself, but I sure do remember the music from it.  I was goofy even back then, and would strap my transistor radio on to the handlebars of my bike and listen to music as I pedaled around the neighborhood.

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,ooo 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.  Just for fun, here’s a clip of CSNY singing “Woodstock” – obviously the song was recorded after the event, but this video shows footage from Woodstock –

Review copy provided by Rose Carrano Public Relations.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2009 6:41 am

    How neat would it have been to have been there when this happened? There is no other musical event like it. I went to a Lollapalooza, but – although it was a ton of fun – it was no Woodstock.

  2. August 29, 2009 8:16 am

    Oh, I LOVE this image of you on your bike. And I like these facts you present, new to me.

  3. Kaye permalink
    August 29, 2009 8:29 am

    Hi Kathy, Stop by when you get a chance. I have another award for you.

  4. August 29, 2009 9:02 am

    I got this book this week too, and will be reviewing it soon. I was 16 when Woodstock took place, so the music etc was a big part of my teen years LOL

  5. August 29, 2009 9:20 am

    I bet the pictures are a trip! In college, I went through my hippy phase where all I wore was tie dye and listened to all that wonderful 60’s music. I’ve cleaned myself up since then, but I still love the stories and the culture back then!

  6. August 29, 2009 9:25 am

    i’d love to check out this book–my dad actually went to woodstock! in the early 90s, he took my sister and me to the site in bethel, ny–there was only a marker and lots of open fields.

    my husband and i just went up there in july on our road trip–now there’s a whole arts center with a great interactive retrospective and place for concerts.

    as a teenager, i played my parents’ woodstock album on my turntable. i love CSN (and later, Y) to this day.

  7. Missy permalink
    August 29, 2009 9:54 am

    I think I was born too late….I would have loved to have been at Woodstock. I love all of the music from that time period. I was 5 years old in 1969….

  8. August 29, 2009 10:17 am

    I plan to do a more thorough review of this book on the blog, but I did do a short introduction to the book on the anniversary of Woodstock here:

    Great review.

  9. August 29, 2009 10:20 am

    I was starting high school when Woodstock happened — I loved the music and was old enough to be a tail-end hippie type. Unlike LitHousewife, I would have hated being there: I’m not in to huge crowds and I think that all that mud and rain would have been uncomfortable. Ah but to hear the music!

    I saw several of those performers when they were on tour.

    Motown, folk, and early rock ‘n’ roll! My kind of music.

  10. August 29, 2009 11:12 am

    I can picture you with that radio on your bike!! So cool!! I would like to look through this book.

  11. August 29, 2009 12:10 pm

    I reviewed the book on Woodstock by Michael Lang, one of the producers. It was a groovy time back then!
    Nice review!


  12. August 29, 2009 1:44 pm

    I have always loved the Woodstock album and I loved the original movie documenting it also, so I would probably like this book!

  13. August 29, 2009 3:22 pm

    I had a chance to review this book but had to turn it down because I am so behind, bummer! I know if I had been alive in the 60s, I totally would have been a hippie, and if I’d been old enough, at Woodstock itself. I find it so hard to believe you were 10 in ’69- you don’t look it! Of course, I don’t look almost 30. Yay for us. 😉

    I love the music of Woodstock. I did not know that was the first time CSNY performed together. I learned something about Woodstock from your review!

  14. August 29, 2009 5:12 pm

    This looks great. My husband is a total music nut, and would probably eat this up. We were just talking about looking for the Woodstock movie that shows all the artists. That is one event I wish I was old enough to have enjoyed. I did the Lollapalooza thing, Warped Tours, and I aspire to go to Bonnaroo, but ahhhhh Woodstock (the real deal not the scary mess that was attempted years later). So glad you did a review! I’ll have to put it on my Christmas Wish List for the hubs. 🙂

  15. August 29, 2009 5:18 pm

    Cool! This looks like something I’d like to investigate!

  16. August 29, 2009 6:48 pm

    The Woodstock Story Book sounds like a good book for those interested in Woodstock and the mindset of the young people of that era depicted through images and words. Thanks for your *groovy* review!

  17. August 29, 2009 8:15 pm

    Have you ever watched the full movie? It’s a trip…especially the part with John Sebastian, who was so stoned he forgot the words to his own song.

    • August 30, 2009 8:55 am

      I saw the movie at the movie theater when it first came out, but haven’t watched it in ages. Maybe I’ll add it to my NetFlix cue. My husband had just gotten out of the army (like 3 weeks before) and had a chance to go to Woodstock, but he turned it down because he was so glad to be home. (He had been drafted and lucky, lucky for him got stationed in Berlin.)

  18. August 29, 2009 10:11 pm

    The video was wonderful. Thanks. Your review of the book makes me want to take a peek at it.

  19. August 30, 2009 11:28 am

    This book certainly sounds like it’s filled with lots of information. I can’t believe 40 years later how much we still reference Woodstock!

  20. August 31, 2009 2:00 am

    I love coffee table books or any books with pictures for that matter. This one looks amazing.

  21. August 31, 2009 2:03 pm

    Serena has this book, and I’m looking forward to borrowing her copy. I wasn’t born at the time, but my first boyfriend showed me pictures of his mom’s Woodstock experience. She went with two guys in a van. I bet she had some stories to tell. LOL


  22. Kim permalink
    September 1, 2009 7:47 am

    I was only 3 at the time of Woodstock, but I think it was a seismic event of the boomer generation. I would love this book for the pictures alone! Thanks for the review.

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