Woodstock Memories

Woodstock Memories

More than forty years ago, crowds of young people converged on the quiet farming town of Bethel, New York, for a legendary concert. For many, it was the pivotal cultural event of their lives. Many of the Woodstock Generation may be at retirement age, but the memories of those wild summer days rock on in books, music, and video.

Telling It Like It Was

Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock by Pete Fornatale
Broadcaster Fornatale sets the scene for Woodstock and interviews the musicians who were there.

The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang
"On the ground with the talent, the townspeople, and his handpicked crew, Woodstock organizer Lang had a unique and panoramic perspective of the festival which became legendary. Enhanced by interviews with others who were central to the making of the festival, this book tells the story from inspiration to celebration, capturing all the magic, mayhem, and mud in between." c2009.

Woodstock: The Summer of Our Lives by Jack Curry
Jack Curry, USA Today's entertainment editor, set out to interview both residents and concert-goers and see how their lives had changed in the two decades since the event. c1989.

The Music

These are only a few of the many musicians who appeared at Woodstock. Check out their stories and songs from the library.

4 Way Street: The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Reader
"Noted CSNY historian Dave Zimmer distills the best of the journalism on these four remarkable artists, ranging from group portraits to individual profiles to in-depth interviews to incisive commentary by such writers as Cameron Crowe, Ben Fong-Torres and David Crosby himself. 4 Way Street: The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Reader is an open window into one of the most popular groups of all time, offering a fascinating look at their highly charged musical relationships and how they have changed over the decades, along the way revealing a colorful chronicle of the music of an era that continues to echo into the new millennium."

The Band: A Musical History
Ranked #50 by Rolling Stone in their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, the Band was very much a part of the Woodstock experience. Five discs of music hold a lot of memories.

Creedence Clearwater Revival: Chronicle (Volumes 1 and 2)
Somewhere deep in the bayou and or out in the street, you might find Creedence. Great music for a road trip.

Grateful Dead: Live at the Cow Palace
A live performance from a band whose tours became a lifestyle for many.

Hendrix (DVD)
"Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, young Jimi Hendrix knew that his music was going to be his ticket to greatness. Discovered by an unscrupulous manager and put on an exhausting world tour, Hendrix was pushed to the limit, but it paid off. Stunning audiences at Monterey and Woodstock, this groundbreaking artist was clearly on his way up, until fame led him into a dark haze of drugs and alcohol--a course which would fatally end his euphoric rise to the top."

Jefferson Airplane: The Woodstock Experience
Jefferson Airplane took off at Woodstock. Check this 2-CD set out to hear some of the music recorded there.

Joan Baez: Any Day Now
Love minus zero/No limit -- North country blues -- You ain't goin' nowhere -- Drifter's escape -- I pity the poor immigrant -- Tears of rage / music, Richard Manuel -- Sad-eyed lady of the Lowlands -- Love is just a four-letter word -- I dreamed I saw St. Augustine -- The walls of Redwing -- Dear landlord -- One too many mornings -- I shall be released -- Boots of Spanish leather -- Walkin' down the line -- Restless farewell -- Blowin' in the wind -- It ain't me babe

Joni Mitchell: Hits
Urge for going -- Chelsea morning -- Big yellow taxi -- Woodstock -- The circle game -- Carey -- California -- You turn me on I'm a radio -- Raised on robbery -- Help me -- Free man in Paris -- River -- Chinese cafe/Unchained melody -- Come in from the cold -- Both sides, now

Santana: The Collection
Many hits, including some he played at Woodstock.


A Novel Take

A Marriage Made at Woodstock by Cathie Pelletier
Freddie and Lorraine Stone fell in love at Woodstock but their lives together twenty-five years later have drifted far away from dreams and songs.

Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash
Michael and Cora meet and have wonderful experiences at the concert.

A Marriage Made at Woodstock by Cathie Pelletier
Freddie and Lorraine Stone fell in love at Woodstock but their lives together twenty-five years later have drifted far away from dreams and songs.