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The Road to Woodstock
By Michael Lang Review:

"Totally rocking...what elevates this book above the level of most rock memoirs is the inclusion of voices other than Lang's-including scenesters and key Woodstock players like Jimi Hendrix, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Jerry Garcia..Well-written, informative and tons of fun." (Kirkus Reviews )

"At Woodstock I saw a collective adventure representing something that still holds true today. When the Berlin Wall came down, Woodstock was there. When Mandela was liberated, Woodstock was in there. When we celebrated the year 2000, Woodstock was in there. Woodstock is still every day." (Carlos Santana )

"Reading this inimitable account of how Woodstock really came to passmakes the Manhattan Project seem like whippin' up one of my mom's custard pies....[This book] he and Holly George-Warrenwill knock you out and once again make you wish that you were there." (Terry Stewart, President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum )

"Invaluable.[Lang] wraps up his cinematic reminiscing by taking a seminal thread from Woodstock's history-Jimi Hendrix's breathtaking interpretation of The Star Spangled Banner-and linking its poignancy to what some have called the 21st century Woodstock moment: the day Barack Obama became the first black president." (USA Today )

"There are plenty of juicy tidbits in "The Road to Woodstock," starting with the compelling opening of Lang sharing his backstage view of Hendrix's sizzling performance at the rain-soaked end of the festival." (Richmond Times-Dispatch )

"The shelf of books about Woodstock is groaning, but Lang's is the best fly-on-the-wall account, tantamount to having had a backstage pass to an iconic event." (New York Post )

Product Description
Michael Lang, the mastermind and creative genius who brought Woodstock to life, narrates the story of this cultural touchstone in music history. He began producing concerts and shows in the mid-'60s, organising Miami Pop in May 1968, then one of the first festivals of its kind. Miami Pop helped Lang create the blueprint for Woodstock, and the story of his long journey to and through three days of peace, love, and music has never before appeared in print. Lang's memories alone make a uniquely rich, personal portrait of the festival, but his access to the people who were there and the stories they share are equally remarkable, and equally fresh.

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ecco (June 30, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061576557
ISBN-13: 978-0061576553

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