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Frank Schäfer - Woodstock ´69

The Legend

Those who want to understand the 60’s, have to understand Woodstock. This is the book about the legend, written by one of Germany’s best music editors.

“3 days of peace and music” it said on a red poster with a dove of peace painted on a stylized guitar. The newspaper advertisement that was placed all over the country at the same time was even more specific: “Just walk around for three days, without seeing skyscrapers or trafficlights. Let your kite fly, lie down in the sun. Prepare your meal on your own and breathe fresh air.” And the music: With Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Joan Baez and many others, this “Aquarian Exposition” was well-cast. And so it happened that on August 15th 1969 there were 400.000 to 500.000 people setting off to the Catskill Mountains. Traffic came to a standstill, the supply situation was awful, there was nothing, except for dope. New York’s Governor threatened to declare a state of emergency, the whole world was expecting a catastrophe. The hippie’s dream of love, peace, fraternity, ecstasy and transcendency came true for three whole days. There the counterculture had its last great celebration, in the face of Vietnam. Woodstock is the hippie movement’s legendary culmination and at the same time its geatest possible gathering.

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with photos
208 pages
format:140 x 220
ISBN: 9783701731381
Release date: 15.03.2009

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Frank Schäfer

born 1966 in Wolfsburg, is an author and music and literary critic living and working in Braunschweig. He has written for "The Rolling Stone", "NZZ", "taz", "Titanic", "konkret", and many others. Next to novels and short stories, he has published numerous anthologies and nonfiction on literature and pop culture.


It ist the best book published in German concerning this topic. All of the performances reloaded and cross-read with an analysing view. DIE ZEIT, Thomas Gross

Among the number of all new books published on the topic "Woodstock ’69: The Legend" is especially recommendable. DER TAGESSPIEGEL

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