By John W. Barry • Poughkeepsie Journal
January 7, 2009
A new book by Woodstock concert promoter Michael Lang will go
behind-the-scenes of the world's most famous concert.
"The Road to Woodstock" will be published by Ecco/ HarperCollins and
is scheduled to hit bookstores in July.
August marks the 40th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Art Fair.
Lang with several partners staged Woodstock in August 1969. Jimi
Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who and dozens of other well-known bands
played Woodstock, which was held in Bethel, Sullivan County.
This musical and cultural gathering is viewed by many as a milestone
in the evolution of the 1960s counterculture, and a turning point in
American popular culture.
Lang, who has lived in the Town of Woodstock for years, wrote "The
Road to Woodstock" with Holly George-Warren of Phoenicia, a former
editor at Rolling Stone, an author of books on the Grateful Dead,
Gene Autry and punk music and a Grammy-nominated record producer.
"The Road to Woodstock" will explore Lang's teenage years, hanging
out in New York City, listening to John Coltrane in jazz clubs and
folk musicians at coffeehouses; his relocation to Miami in 1966,
where he staged the Miami Pop Festival; his move to Woodstock in
1968; and, of course, the Woodstock concert in August 1969.
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