- 332 Pages
- Released: August 11, 2009
- Publisher: Backbeat Books
Description by OLDIES.com:
By the Time We Got to Woodstock
captures the frenzy of this insane, wonderful and often frightening year in glorious, blistering fashion, placing the greatest rock'n'roll ever made against a vivid landscape of Age of Aquarius optimism, druggy hedonism and militant indignation.
This was a year that saw more music-as-manifesto and rock-as-revolution than ever before. After the peaceful, unifying vibes of Woodstock, the violence and dread of Altamont punched a hole through the promised Utopia. The Beatles went supernova and Bob Dylan hightailed it to Nashville. Meanwhile, new and powerful strains of rock'n'roll flourished. From the Grateful Dead's outer-space jams and the Doors' confrontational rock'n'roll theater to the positive-message music of Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family STone, from the radical art-punk of the Velvet Underground to the freak-outs of the Mothers of Invention, Funkadelic and the Fugs and the birth of heavy at the hands of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, this book is a testament to 1969, arguably the most important year in the history of rock'n'roll. By the Time We Got to Woodstock takes you there with all the love, fury and passion of the times.
A fast-paced, fun, and sometimes brutal look at America's most volatile and creative year in music - 1969: a time of euphoria and devastation, freedom and assassination, revolution and retribution, moonwalks and sit-ins, love-ins and race riots, sex, drugs, and guns. Idyllic college campuses became killing fields and inner cities went up in flames as the drumbeat of popular music tried to drown out the drums of war. 1969 was birthed through the visions and violence of 1968. By the Time We Got to Woodstock breathlessly documents a year that saw more music-as-manifesto and rock-as-revolution than ever before. At one mad outdoor party after another - from Miami to Denver, and from Woodstock to Altamont - cracks in the promised hippie utopia quickly turned to canyons. This was the year that saw the Beatles go supernova while Bob Dylan hightailed it to Nashville. From the Byrds, Joan Baez, Jimi Hendrix, the Airplane, and Janis Joplin to the Velvet Underground, the Mothers of Invention, Funkadelic, and the Fugs, 1969 stands up as a decade-smashing anomaly in the annals of rock'n'roll captured gloriously in this blistering book.