The Road to Woodstock
Michael Lang
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The Road to Woodstock: From the Man Behind the Legendary Festival
Michael Lang
320 pages
June 2009
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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There have been dozens of books written about the great rock festival that happened in upstate New York in 1969, but these books had neither all the information nor all the pieces. That is why this book by the man who put Woodstock together comes across with the most insightful and memorable tale of those three legendary days.

It was 40 years ago when a 24-year-old festival promoter from Bensonhurst named Michael Lang decided to stage what would be the cultural and musical lodestone for generations to come. The book comes from his own memories and the recollections of people who were there, including the musicians, the attendees, and the crew.

Lang and his posse overcame almost impossible obstacles to stage the event, combating local governments, the demands of musicians, and logistical nightmares otherwise only faced by generals on battlefields. In the end, Lang lost money, selling his shares in the Woodstock brand and never participating in the tens of millions of dollars earned from the soundtrack and film.

It changed the way concerts were staged, and it altered the way people acted. This book tells it all and if you weren't there, you'll wish you were after reading this.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2009

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