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Taking Woodstock. Rakkauden vallankumous.

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  572 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
Taking Woodstock on hulvaton ja vapauttava tositarina miehestä, joka mahdollisti Woodstockin legendaarisen festivaalin toteutumisen.

Kesään 1969 asti Tiber Elliot eli kaksoiselämää. Hän oli kroonisesta syyllisyydentunteesta kärsivä juutalaisperheen vesa, joka yritti pelastaa vanhempiensa kaoottisen motellin vararikolta ja salata näiltä homoutensa, sekä moderni sisustussuunn
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Hardcover, 185 pages
Published September 2009 by Like (first published November 15th 2006)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Urp! This one nearly gave me indigestion. Tiber admits to heavy use of pot and hash and other drugs during this period of his life, which makes me doubt the reliability of his bizarre version of events. How much of this did he hallucinate or misremember? He even says he doesn't remember a single detail of what he did following his first acid trip.

I give this two stars instead of one because I did learn some things about pre-Woodstock difficulties and the reasons the Woodstock Music and Arts Fes
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Justin Hampton
May 10, 2013 Justin Hampton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this bad boy up in a few hours after the massive comedown of "The Idiot" and found it a nice chaser - a necessary palliative to what was easily one of the darkest novels I've ever read. Tiber is every bit the old-school Brooklyn-born hustler, and structures this story like a sitcom, replete with eccentric but lovable hippies, "Nazi" hick nemeses and stereotypical nagging Jewish parents. You'll never get me to believe in a million years that this book resembles anything close a truthfu ...more
Erin
Sep 20, 2009 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I saw the movie without knowing there was a book on which it was based, so the night after I saw it, I downloaded the book to my Kindle. It was enjoyable but not what I was expecting.

The movie is a pretty faithful adaptation of the Woodstock chapters, so there's that. The first half of the book, though, is about Tiber's life prior to Woodstock landing in his (literal) backyard. Those chapters self-congratulate and name drop (he lived in the same building as Tennessee Williams, he was friendly w
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Chuck
This book was totally fascinating, however I can understand many of the negative reviews. Many thought it would be about the glamour of Woodstock which it is not. It is not about Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Grateful Dead and all of the dozens of other musicians with a message of the time. The story is about a young homosexual man that ended up being a major player in making Woodstock a success. The story starts with the authors childhood in Brooklyn with a stro ...more
Kathryn
Jun 17, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The reason I picked this book up was because I have been going to Bethel, NY every summer for 22 years. My family has been going there for over 50 and some witnessed Woodstock first hand. I love hearing my grandparents talk about the weeks when all the hippies invaded town. They’ve told me stories about how they let all who could reach take apples from the tree on their property (since there was such a shortage of food), and gave dozens of people money to make phone calls (since they didn’t even ...more
Curt Buchmeier
Jul 01, 2015 Curt Buchmeier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've not watched the motion picture & I never let the facts stand in the way of a good story. I happened to be in the Bethel area in 2011 so I drove around & found the site of the concert. Impressive. I've always been interested in the subject. Back to the book. After a couple of days to digest, I gotta say, I liked the author's account of how the whole thing went down. He is a very proud & out gay man now & refers to that aspect of his being frequently. This book is about his co ...more
Neil
Feb 14, 2010 Neil rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was disappointing. The first problem is that it takes Tiber a third of the book before he gets to anything about Woodstock. The first third is about the sleazy way in which his family runs a hotel. Tiber tries to blame this on his parents, but I don't see him fighting the practices much. He's as guilty of lying to the people who stay there as the mother he constantly berates. It's also about his sexual awakening as a homosexual, an awakening dominated by his taste for S & M. So you get ...more
K
Aug 05, 2009 K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Michael Kerr
Dec 07, 2014 Michael Kerr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, memoir
It wasn't very long ago - late sixties - when the police would routinely raid gay bars, beating up the patrons and arresting them on trumped up charges. Then came Stonewall. Eliot Tiber was a young participant at that moment when North American culture shifted and gay slowly began to be okay. Tiber was at the Stonewall Inn the night of the riot. Apparently he had a Forrest-Gump-esque talent for being at the right place at the right time, as he was also uniquely placed to participate in the pheno ...more
Brent
Dec 16, 2011 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Elliot Tiber tells the story of the Woodstock music festival from his own perspective. His family's hotel served as the headquarters for the Woodstock organizers during the weeks leading up to the festival, and as such gave Elliot unparalleled insight into all that went on behind the scenes. From insane amounts of traffic turning an entire town into a parking lot, to locals being unwilling or unable to see the value in such a festival and trying their best (to humorous effect) to shut down the f ...more
Westy
Dec 16, 2009 Westy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not what I was expecting. Liked the writing style, short quick read, lots of funny parts. But in a book about Woodstock I was surprised the first half had NOTHING to do with Woodstock. 215 page book and only the last 100 pages were about Woodstock.

Lots of name dropping sexcapades, very heavy on sex, S&M, lots of parts were almost uncomfortable. But overall painted a good picture of the struggles of being a gay man in the 60s and how the summer of 69' changed him. Mr Tiber lived an interesti
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Nancy
May 08, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this rates as one of the best books I have ever read. I would call it a book about self-acceptance.
Ariel Gummer
Jan 24, 2014 Ariel Gummer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book on self acceptance I have ever read. Absolutely still relevant today and an amazing reminder of how far our society has come culturally and how far we still have to go.
Prctaxman
Jan 25, 2016 Prctaxman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I found this one in Singapore and decided that since I want to see the movie by Lee Ang (you don't call the basketball player Ming Yao, so call Lee the way he should be called!), I'd read it first, to see how close he kept to the book.

What I like, right at the start, was the fact that this is a large font book - for old farts like me who actually are of the Woodstock generation!

I liked this book! I want my wife to read the book....then we'll get to the movie, when it comes to Hong Kong. Then, pe
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Jordan Cullen
An entertaining and warm-hearted recollection of Woodstock from a perspective you don't normally hear, a first-hand account by a Bethel resident. However, despite its vivid portrait of the late-60s gay underworld in Greenwich Village, the Stonewall riots and encounters with Marlon Brando, Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, it only really gains momentum in the second half as the festival plans and Michael Lang come into the picture. Still, a valuable first-hand record of a defining moment in a ...more
Erica Hopper
Jun 23, 2014 Erica Hopper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, 2014
Having grown up in Sullivan County in the 90's and early 2000's, Woodstock was always an undercurrent of the history of my land. My parents, having been alive during Woodstock but not living in the area, could still recall the news of the traffic heading to Bethel and how many people had experienced it. I was fascinated by it and appreciated all details given to me. The music was great, the videos shown on VH1 around the time of the Woodstock anniversaries were captivating, and I found myself pr ...more
Veronica Hudson
Dec 12, 2009 Veronica Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Melody
May 20, 2016 Melody rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Tiber's funny and poignant account of his role in the festival, especially his descriptions of his parents and life at the El Monaco motel. I didn't find the descriptions of his sexual experiences particularly offensive...just unbelievably sad. And when he mentioned famous people, I didn't think of it as name-dropping, so much as what for him must have been quite a revelation. Here were these creative, talented people who were either famous or soon-to-be famous and were just as ...more
Gerben
Aug 24, 2014 Gerben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heel mooi en openhartig verhaal over een jongen die hopeloos op zoek is naar zijn plek in de maatschappij en hierdoor in aanraking komt en medeverantwoordelijk is voor de organisatie van het eerste Woodstock festival. Ik had de film eerder gezien en kon op sommige momenten niet anders dan in mijn hoofd de vergelijking trekken met wat ik eerder al in beeld had gezien. Maar al snel legde de film het af tegen het boek, wat hier in verteld wordt is toch wel een stuk meer en uitgebreider dan wat er i ...more
Elliot Chalom
Sep 06, 2015 Elliot Chalom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It may not be the most historically accurate account of what took place in the summer of 1969 in upstate New York, but Tiber was a critical figure in the events that took place and his recollection of events is one worth sharing. Perhaps, like me, you have a father or an uncle or a cousin who loves to tell the story of how they experienced Woodstock, or what it was like being part of “the sixties.” Deep down you surely know that some of the stories are embellished, yet they’re all based on event ...more
Christina
Feb 12, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A graphic tale of Elliot Tiber's coming-of-age in New York City in the 1960s and his involvement in the Woodstock concert via his work at the El Monaco-a hotel in White Lake where Woodstock Ventures and hundreds of hippies descended to camp out in the weeks and days leading to the historic musical event.

I was four years old when the concert took place. As I read this book, I wondered how it would be if I were a young woman in 1969. Would I go to Woodstock? Would I espouse free love and take drug
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Sue
Jan 08, 2010 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie recently but mised the first few minutes of the film. They must have squeezed the first 7 chapters of the book into those ten minutes! I was most interested in the details of how Woodstock came about, but I also found the personal side of Elliot Tiber's story interesting. He was involved in two major iconic events, the Stonewall Uprising and Woodstock, and it was interesting to see how the one ultimately led to the other. It's quite possible that Woodstock might not have happened ...more
Amy Cohen
Jul 29, 2013 Amy Cohen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a total disappointment! I thought it was supposed to be an account of the planning of the Woodstock festival, but it is really an autobiography. The title is a bit misleading. Woodstock isn't even mentioned until about a third of the way through the book.

I would have been OK with including brief information about Tiber's life, like how his family got the El Monaco and how events in his life were tied to planning Woodstock, but it spends too much time talking about other aspects of
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Cristy
It's no surprise the film "taking woodstock" didnt know what it wanted to be because the source material, this book, doesn't know either.

One on hand, Elliot chronicles is sexual self-discovery and his identity development as a homosexual. On the other, as if he knew that wouldn't be enough to garner publication, he throws the Woodstock story in the midst of it all. Both would've been decent tomes, had they been taken on separately and completely. As it stands, both are scattered and disconnecte
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Sarah
Liked this more than expected. Interesting to the right kind of person.
Galina
Jul 21, 2009 Galina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I understand a movie has been made about this momentous historical event in our history. The 'behind the scenes' negotiations were interesting from Eli's point of view. He helped by offering the place/property where Woodstock happened. Apparently the initial small town in NY State that was supposed to host this concert, backed out. What I did not like about this book was the 'tabloid' disgusting gossip about famous peoples gay escapades. I don't care if your straight or gay - this type of gossip ...more
Roland
Feb 07, 2016 Roland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good.
Sarah Moncada
May 31, 2011 Sarah Moncada rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sarah by: my libarian
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Lennongirl
I tagged it as non-fiction even though it is narrated as a fictional story. But this happened: Young Eliot Timber helped organise the Woodstock Festival. It not only changed his small hometown, but also himself. An enjoyable tale of a young man growing up, a nation united in peace and a most exciting era.

The Reader: Uh, I can't say much. It was okay, a nice voice to listen too. Maybe a tad old, but since the story is told from older Eliot remembering his youth, I guess it makes sense.
Patricia
Apr 22, 2011 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess being someone who had wanted to be part of that first Woodstock Festival in '69 as a very young teenager, I expected more from this book than it delivered. It was amusing, and I actually saw the film version of the book before I finished reading it. If you are looking for more information about the festival itself, don't look for it here. This is more about Elliot Tiber's life with his odd family and the influence the '69 famous festival had on the family business.
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