Peace, Love, and Rock 'n' Roll
August 15, 2019 marks 50 years since the first Woodstock in Bethel, N.Y. Revisit inimitable acts such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead to celebrate the enormous cultural impact the “three days of peace and music” had on America and the world. From nonfiction tell-alls from those who had a hand in organizing the festival to young adult novels written from today’s perspective, there’s something groovy for everyone here. So grab your guitar, your flower crown and your bell bottoms, and let's get rockin.'
Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969 by Bob Spitz
This detailed narrative of how Woodstock came to be -- and how it was -- offers little-known facts about the famous festival with a backstage perspective. Spitz uncovers and shares anecdotes to bring Woodstock to life again, including the uglier side of the “three days of peace and music” and stories about the performing artists.
The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang with Holly George-Warren
From a co-creator of the festival itself, The Road to Woodstock shares the history of the event. Lang supplies stories only a co-creator could, bringing insight from a variety of contributors at all levels from performers to producers. Find out more about the process of putting on a massive music festival with Lang’s intimate perspective.
Frank & Charli: Woodstock, True Love, and the Sixties by Frank Yandolino
A memoir that expands beyond the events of Woodstock, Frank & Charli follows the life of Frank Yandolino and his experiences through counterculture and the 1960s and 70s. Describing the many hats he wore throughout the years, Frank discusses relationships with Jimi Hendrix, Woodstock-interrupter and activist Abbie Hoffman, and the Hells Angels. Frank’s story also includes how he helped Woodstock come to be.
Taking Woodstock by Elliot Tiber with Tom Monte
Elliot Tiber shares his story in Taking Woodstock, chronicling his time as a gay man in the 1960s. Tiber shares what it meant to be part of the family which ran the hotel that served as a meeting place for planning Woodstock along with his witnessing of the Stonewall rebellion just weeks before the music festival. This one-of-a-kind perspective offers details about the logistics of Woodstock alongside anecdotes that help paint the contextual cultural picture. When you’ve finished the book, check out the film version.
Woodstock by Baron Wolman
American photographer Baron Wolman collects his work from Woodstock in this coffee table-style book. These high-quality images help to illustrate the feel of Woodstock. Photographs include portraits, landscapes and more, sharing the full scope of the event from the intimate moments of individuals to the grand seas of the audience. Sparse quotes help to contextualize photographs and provide additional atmosphere to the reader.
What Was Woodstock? by Joan Holub
Introduce the kids to the famed festival with this title of the popular Who Was…? series. Holub runs through the absolute basics of the story of Woodstock, making it a great refresher for even those familiar with the events. Written with accessible language, What Was Woodstock? considers the larger implications beyond the three days the event ran. Enjoy fun illustrations that help bring the event to life.
Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash
When local good girl Cora agrees to help out in the medical tent at Woodstock the summer of 1969, she doesn’t expect how life-changing the event will be for her. Michael, who just wants to live for the moment, has traveled all the way from Somerville, Mass. to see and hear legendary music icons play at a dairy farm -- and he’s pretty sure it’s going to be a groovy experience. As the pair’s paths collide, there’s no doubt it’s going to be a far out summer.
Are You Experienced? by Jordan Sonnenblick
In this piece of young adult fabulism, fifteen-year-old guitarist Rich is excited to play at a protest -- but things take a sharp left turn when the cops and his dad show up and he’s in trouble, once again. With the anniversary of his uncle’s death approaching, Rich’s dad is already distant. If only things were different! When an old guitar of his dad’s falls into Rich’s hands, it turns out there are other ways he can break down that wall between him and his father -- it’ll just take a little time travel to Woodstock, 1969.