Looks before and beyond the famous festivals to tell the story of Woodstock as the place that nourished rock and roll in America from Dylan, Morrison, Hendrix, Joplin and the Band through jazz fusion.
Rock & Woodstock
About the Book
Rock & Woodstock looks before and beyond the famous festivals of Bethel and Saugerties. It is about the town of Woodstock and its unique history as a harbinger of fine rock and roll, a place of nourishment that yielded its own sound, which is still creating ripples decades after its humble beginnings. Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendricks, Janis Joplin, The Band and countless others drew sustenance from the bucolic community during the late 60s and fashioned a new sound out of the influences that surrounded them: a more country-flavored and introspective music. The original mega-talents departed to be replaced by innovative jazz and folk musicians intent on extending earlier experiments. Throughout the 1970s, Woodstock continued to affect worldwide music with its twin sounds: one soft and acoustic, the other harsh jazz fusion. Eventually, the two came together in a vibrant music recording scene that, through the 1980s built itself into what many now consider the nation’s fourth largest recording center.
About the Author
Writer and critic Paul Smart is known for his longtime journalism at The Woodstock Times. Artist T.P. Moynihan provided the book’s amusing illustrations.
6 x 9 inches