Woodstock Memories

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. The Woodstock Generation may be approaching retirement age, but the memories of those wild summer days rock on in books, music, and video.

Telling It Like It Was

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.

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."

Joni Mitchell: Ladies of the Canyon
Morning Morgantown -- For free -- Conversation -- Ladies of the canyon -- Willy -- The arrangement -- Rainy night house -- The priest -- Blue boy -- Big yellow taxi -- Woodstock -- The circle game

Joan Baez: The First Ten Years
Ghetto -- If I were a carpenter -- Love is just a four-letter word -- There but for fortune -- John Riley -- You ain't goin' nowhere -- Mary Hamilton --Manha de carnaval -- If I knew -- With God on our side -- Don't think twice, it's all right -- Geordie -- Te ador -- No expectations -- Sweet Sir Galahad --Turquoise -- Farewell Angelina -- A hard rain's a-gonna fall.Cover to 4 Way Street

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.

Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane by Jeff Tamarkin
"Those who lived it tell the story: the band members, their families, friends, lovers, crew members, and fellow musicians. The book's all-star cast includes Fellow rock legends David Crosby, Janis Joplin, Donovan, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, and Paul McCartney, to such larger-than-life cultural figures as Robert F. Kennedy, Bill Graham, Abbie Hoffman, the Hell's Angels, and even Richard Nixon. It's a tale of complex people with complex relationships living under the spotlight during a complex time. "--from the summary

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.