Woodstock, 1st Edition

  • Laurie Collier Hillstrom
  • Kevin Hillstrom
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  • ISBN-10: 0780812867
  • ISBN-13: 9780780812864
  • DDC: 781.66078
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released October 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Woodstock provides a comprehensive overview of the Woodstock Art and Music Festival, the famous three-day concert event that drew nearly half a million people to an idyllic pasture in New York in August 1969 -- and became a cultural landmark that defined a generation. It sets the stage for Woodstock by surveying the social and political turmoil of the 1960s, when America was rocked by civil rights marches, antiwar protests, and a presidential assassination. It goes on to describe the growing importance of popular music as a chronicler of these events and a driver of social change. The volume provides extensive coverage of the concert itself, including the planning and promotion, the logistical challenges, the key performances, and the crowd and atmosphere. It concludes by evaluating Woodstock's legacy in American life and culture, including the lasting influence and popularity of 1960s music and "hippie" style in the 21st century.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
How to Use This Book.
Research Topics for Defining Moments: Woodstock.
1: Narrative Overview.
2: Prologue.
3: American Culture in the 1960s.
4: Music Drives Social Change.
5: Planning for an Epic Concert.
6: The Music at Woodstock.
7: The Scene at Woodstock.
8: After Woodstock.
9: The Legacy of Woodstock.
10: Biographies.
11: Baez, Joan (1941– ).
12: Dylan, Bob (1941– ).
13: Hendrix, Jimi (1942–1970).
14: Kornfeld, Artie (1942– ).
15: Lang, Michael (1944– ).
16: Roberts, John (1945–2001).
17: Romney, Hugh “Wavy Gravy” (1936– ).
18: Rosenman, Joel (1942– ).
19: Wadleigh, Michael (1942– ).
20: Yasgur, Max (1919–1973).
21: Primary Sources.
22: Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Predicts the “Mood” of the 1960s.
23: Michael Lang Recalls the Frantic Search for a New Concert Site.
24: Breakfast in Bed for 400,000.
25: Rocking out with Santana at Woodstock.
26: Bad Memories of Woodstock.
27: A Military Veteran Remembers the Festival.
28: The Saga of the Woodstock Port-O-San Man.
29: Leaving Woodstock.
30: Ayn Rand Denounces the “Phony” Values of Woodstock.
31: A Moment of Muddy Grace.
Important People, Places, and Terms.
Sources for Further Study.
Photo and Illustration Credits.