Rock and Woodstock - Purple Mountain Press


by P. Smart and T. P. Moynihan

From the "Electric Sky Church: Hendrix Recreates Himself":

"Jimi [Hendrix], both attracted and frightened by the allure of his country home, called in friends to keep him company and provide back up to the creative explorations he imagined would be set free here. He was intrigued by the idea of being in the mountains on a semi-permanent basis, remembering the distant vista of Mount Rainer and the Olympics from his childhood in Seattle. And then there was the fact that some of his songwriting idols--Dylan, The Band, as well as some hot players and singers--Joplin, Bloomfield, Butterfield and his new horn player--were around for the picking.

Something, he figured, must be clicking up in the country. Look at the material that was being produced . . . Music from the Big Pink and John Wesely Harding, from which Jimi had taken 'All Along The Watchtower' for Electric Ladyland. Plus all the jazz; hey, Mingus had a summer home in the area. And Tim Leary and his acid-drenched crowd were not far away in Millbrook. Word even had it that the great wild-eyed chemist Owsley would be visiting."

This book looks before and beyond the famous festivals of Bethel and Saugerties. It is about the town of Woodstock and its unique history as a harbinger of fine rock and roll, a place of nourishment that yielded its own sound, which is still creating ripples thirty years after its humble beginnings. Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendricks, Janis Joplin, The Band and countless others drew substenance from the bucolic community durning the late 60s and fashioned a new sound out of the influences that surronded them: A more country-flavored and introspective music. The orginal mega-talents left to be replaced by innovative jazz and folk musicains intent on extending earlier experiments. Throughout the 1970s, Woodstock continued to affect worldwide music with its twin sounds: one soft and acoustic, the other harsh jazz fusion. Eventually, the two came together in a vibrant music recording scene that, through the 1980s built itself into what many now consider the nation's fourth largest recording center.

Writer and critic P. Smart lives in West Kill; artist T. P. Moynihan, in Manhattan.

192 pages, illustrated, 6 x 9
$13.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original

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