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Young Men With Unlimited Capital: The Story of Woodstock
It started with this ad, placed by Joel Rosenman and John Roberts as a way to find interesting work after college. It led Rosenman and Roberts to stage a gathering that changed the face of popular culture: the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in August 1969. Woodstock is rightly remembered as the pivotal event that united a generation, but the behind-the-scenes story is less u ...more
Published August 1st 1999 by Scrivenery Press
(first published 1974)
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What a fascinating insider account of Woodstock! Enjoyed the way Joel and John alternated chapters from the dawn of Woodstock Enterprises all the way through the aftermath of the legendary festival. Would definitely recommend it to readers interested in learning about the chaotic, often improvised unfolding of the festival, although it isn't the best for someone who doesn't know much about Woodstock.
This might be the singularly most important book I've ever read on a specific event in the 20th century. Understanding Woodstock as an event that took money, borrowed from banks on lines of credit funded by liens on trust funds, does so much positive work to destabilize the post-Woodstock narrative that focuses on abstract, baby-boomer nonsense. Bands are only really discussed in the context of their various cash demands throughout the festival, and Mountain and CCR are talked about more than Th ...more
I actually read the book that was written in 1979 so I'm not sure if this is the same, I'll have to track down a copy and see. Anyway........I read this first, then Michael Lang's new book. The vibe I get makes John and Joel's version of the facts a little more believable. Michael Lang looks posed in most of his photo's, his version of meetings and personality conflicts between himself and John and Joel has a touch of "thou dost protest too much" in my view. I think he was a brilliant man but kn ...more