When musicians in the New York folk scene of the 1960s grew tired of city life, they decided to "get it together in the country". They headed for Woodstock - not to the site of the infamous music festival of 1969 but to the Catskills, to Bearsville, to Woodstock proper. Counterculture revolutionaries like Janis Joplin, Richie Havens, and Paul Butterfield got "back to the land", turning the once sleepy hollow into a funky Shangri-La.
Small Town Talk tells the town's musical history, from its earliest days as a bohemian arts colony to its ongoing life as a cultural satellite of New York. Woodstock, the bucolic artists' enclave, has earned its place in rock music history; Small Town Talk is a classic study of a vital music scene in a magical place during a revolutionary time.
©2016 Barney Hoskyns (P)2016 Tantor
"[F]ans of 1960s and '70s rock and music history buffs will find this a pleasure." (Kirkus)
I grew up in the town next to Woodstock a few years after a lot of the story took place. (I was 11 in 1969) The whole scene was the underlying pulse of my youth. We knew the personalities, and some of the stories, This narrative provides an excellent disquisition of the spiderweb that was the Woodstock scene possibly best told by someone outside of the world. The only minus was the pronunciation, of several locations.Notably Ohayo Mountain Road is not pronounced like the state between Pennsylvania and Indiana.
How hard is it to find a reader or at least a producer who is familiar with the subject? As soon as the reader catches a stupid mistake then intimacy with the reader is shattered (he is not one of us - its hard to believe that he shares the same passion for the subject matter that the subject demands) I will give one example (you can hire me for more) - Paul Butterfield's "In My Own Dream" was not "subsequent" to "Keep On Moving." "Dream" (1968) was basically the same band as the record that preceded it (Pigboy Crabshaw) - and KOM saw the addition of a new bassist Rod Hicks and the incredible guitarist Buzzy Feiten. There was no question in the Woodstock of 69/70 that Buzzy was THE man on guitar in town. A lot of what this book has is probably correct and well researched but not all of it.
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