It lacks characters as it is about the whole , people that made the event. It is basically a compilation of interviews from band members or the festival leaders. I think I also loved this book because I had a personal connection in some way. A good friend of my dads was actually at Woodstock and he was one of the many devastated people who missed the electrifying performance of Jimi Hendrix on the following monday morning. Jefferson Airplane for example said that they did not enjoy it because of equipment malfunctions.
Much like that of the Grateful Dead. I was really baffled by this and I was also baffled by how many bands there were in general and not just big name acts like Sly Stone and Janis Joplin. Another thing I loved was the setting.
Oct 26, Heep rated it it was ok. I didn't serve in the Woodstock offensive and veterans will obviously question my capacity for judgment. You can dismiss my opinion if you like but I found the book to be disorganized and poorly written. I love the music and always had a mystical impression of the Woodstock event - perhaps the apogee of the 60s cultural counter-culture. The book seemed to have so much promise.
There are some chapters - on Crosby, Stills, Nash and on Hendrix, for example - that were better and held my attention. Most of the book was a disappointment. Sep 22, Lexy rated it liked it. This book was not bad or boring, etc, by any means.
It's just packed full of stories that don't always flow from one to another like a novel and I guess that threw me off. I very much tho did enjoy this and learned a few tidbits I hadn't known too.
Aug 17, Lisa rated it really liked it. Aug 18, Sandy rated it really liked it. Back in the late '60s, WNEW was the hippest rock station on the then-still-new FM dial, at least here in the NY tristate area, and it was propelled by a sextet of DJs who not only played music of their own liking, but had distinct and engaging on-air personalities as well. These were the men and the woman who turned me on to so many pieces of Back in the late '60s, WNEW was the hippest rock station on the then-still-new FM dial, at least here in the NY tristate area, and it was propelled by a sextet of DJs who not only played music of their own liking, but had distinct and engaging on-air personalities as well.
These were the men and the woman who turned me on to so many pieces of hitherto unheard music, and I and many other baby boomers owe them a tremendous thank-you for that. Anyway, when I heard that Pete Fornatale had just released a new book, "Back to the Garden," on the occasion of Woodstock's 40th anniversary, I just knew that it had to be a good one. Fornatale, as he tells us in the book's intro, did an on-air commercial for the upcoming concert in July '69, during his very first night as an NEW DJ.
His book largely takes the form of various interviews, from various sources, many conducted by the author himself, of some by my count Woodstock attendees, promoters, and of course performers, not to mention music biz people, journalists, technicians, filmmakers, etc.
Each of the is quoted liberally; indeed, Pete can truly be said to have only "written" perhaps half of the book. The volume's chapters are arranged in the order that the various artists performed that weekend, and since 32 performers are covered including such "forgotten" acts as Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, Quill, and the Keef Hartley Band , the chapters are perforce a bit shorter than many would perhaps like.
For example, I could have used a bit more about one of my personal favorites, Ten Years After. The author writes clearly and occasionally with humor; for example, I got a good chuckle at the line, in regard to John Sebastian's being unexpectedly put on stage, that the " tie dye was cast. Many of the interview statements given by the are contradictory, and Fornatale himself admits that the book must be taken as a "Rashomon"-like grouping of remembered subjective realities.
Still, his book provides the invaluable service of not only giving a history of the event and putting it into context, but of letting us experience it through the day-to-day memories of many of the folks involved. For those of us who were too young to make it to the event, such as myself, that's enough. The book, good as it is, however, does contain a few gaffes, both on the part of the interviewees and the author.
Doug Clifford was the drummer in Creedence and Stu Cook the bassist, not the other way around! There are also several instances of faulty grammar to be found on the author's part, and one interviewee, rock critic Ellen Sander, is quoted twice saying the same identical thing on pgs. Still, these are minor quibbles. Pete's book is endlessly fascinating, a true page-turner, and a volume that will hopefully remain in print as a valuable reference work and updated every 10 years on successive Woodstock anniversaries.
I have already read it twice. Nice work, Pete! Flowers and groovy buttons to you! Jun 25, Kelly rated it it was amazing. I have always had a fascination with the legend that is Woodstock the music festival, not Snoopy's little friend.
How could all of the pieces fit together so magically as to make the perfect puzzle? How did a for-profit festival suddenly turn free?
Many people claim to be there who we I have always had a fascination with the legend that is Woodstock the music festival, not Snoopy's little friend. Many people claim to be there who were not. Even the people who WERE there have very different memories of what happened. This is probably not surprising at all with all the "smoke" in the air.
Back to the Garden is a collection of remembrances by musicians, managers, producers, and attendees who sometimes completely contradict each other. Fornatale goes through each day and act in chronological order, from Richie Havens after PM on Friday He was not supposed to be the first. Back to the Garden provides one of the best retellings of Woodstock yet. His interviews come together to create an extremely thorough picture.
This is must reading for everyone, including the people who were there but do not "remember" everything. Sep 28, Carla rated it liked it Shelves: books-i-own. It was interesting to hear about so many behind-the-scenes aspects of the concert and the making of the movie, and because these experiences came right from people who were there and from the musicians, it's real and honest and highly entertaining.
While I thought it was neat to read transcriptions of interviews from a rock radio legend, it was also a format that I found a bit annoying to follow at times.
There was a lot of repetition within chapters, as well as very unnecessary prose since it's It was interesting to hear about so many behind-the-scenes aspects of the concert and the making of the movie, and because these experiences came right from people who were there and from the musicians, it's real and honest and highly entertaining. There was a lot of repetition within chapters, as well as very unnecessary prose since it's written as if these people were talking to you.
I think the prose could have been cleaned up a bit to not be so verbatim, perhaps in a more traditional paragraph style with quotes from the interviews strewn throughout. I also found the chapter separations to not always be consistent. Some chapters that were named after a certain artist had maybe one or two notes about that artist and the rest was about something totally unrelated. Seemed a bit unorganized at times. Nonetheless, this was a great book to read while I took breaks from more heavy fiction - it's light and entertaining and even though I read it in itnerludes over the course of about 7 months, it was easy to pick it up again without feeling like you didn't know what was going on or where you were in the story.
And reading about more than just the music and drugs, but the whole philosophy behind this three day, historical concert, just reaffirmed that I was born too late in life. Jan 02, Shannon rated it really liked it. Reading "Back to the Garden" was such a mind blowing experince. You felt as if you really attended Woodstock. However, it is a book and Woodstock was the past, but can still remain in our hearts.
The book was set up into four parts. The four parts were the different days of the festival, which was Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Then each chapter consisted of a different band that played.
I absolutley loved how the book was set up and also how it was written. Since this book is more the h Reading "Back to the Garden" was such a mind blowing experince. Since this book is more the history of the concert the writting was a bit different. Since each chapter consisted of a different band, that gave the writting its own persona.
Meaning that the chapters had different peoples thoughts and overviews of that time in festival. Also these people were at the festval. In the chapters it gave not only the performances of the band, but also the stories of each bands experience. I found each story so interesting and full of excitement.
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I fully enjoyed reading Pete Fornatale's book of Woodstock. It gave me more information that I didn't know and gave me different view on the festival.