For three world-famous days in August 1969, 500,000 people spontaneously gathered for a happening like nothing before or since. Peace and love, aromatic smoke, and the sounds of the greatest rock n roll show wafted through the air and became a legendary event that’s never been duplicated. Forty years later, Woodstock is still celebrated for the spirit it represents.
As part of the Academy Award-winning “Woodstock” documentary film team, still photographer Barry Z Levine captured it all. Arriving days before the crowds, when the site was still a grassy cow pasture, and continuing to photograph long after the last of them had departed, when it had become a debris strewn mud hole, Levine took so many pictures that he had blisters on his index finger and thumb from clicking the shutter and advancing the film. Over the course of that tumultuous week, the only time he stopped was for a 45 minute nap on the piano cover on stage during the Blood, Sweat & Tears performance. More than 240 of Levine’s full color photographs, many never-before-seen, are together for the first time in a new book, THE WOODSTOCK STORY BOOK. With text written by Linanne G. Sackett that resonates with the humor and charm of Dr. Seuss, the book presents a chronological account of the event and captures the performers, personalities, audience, excitement, mood, and action from the beginning--the conversion of Max Yasgur’s cow pasture into the world famous iconic site all the way through three days of fun, sun, and storms to the garbage strewn aftermath.
THE WOODSTOCK STORY BOOK contains many exceptional, never-before-seen photographs of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, the Who, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez, The Band, Sly and th eFamily Stone, John Sebastian, Ten Years After, The Incredible String Band, Tim Hardin, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and many more captured through the lens of a festival insider. It’s a Must Have for anyone who was at Woodstock, wish they had been, or for anyone wanting a bird’s eye look at a great historical event of the 60’s.
THE WOODSTOCK STORY BOOK
AUTHOR: Linanne G. Sackett
PHOTOGRAPHER: Barry Z. Levine
“An incredible all-access pass to the music and art fair that came to be known solely as Woodstock… the authors have created an intimate time capsule with this book… the vivid picture drawn through word and image is mesmerizing… the peace and love essence of Woodstock rings out loud and clear.”
- Kirkus Discoveries
176 pp, 10.5” x 10.5”
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