In honor of the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival of 1969, Genesis Publications, in partnership with Woodstock Executive Producer Michael Lang, announces the publication of a limited edition multi-media package that will be the ultimate record of the historical experience, aptly titled The Woodstock Experience. Widely regarded as one of the greatest moments in popular music history, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was a defining event of the 20th Century, signifying change and freedom of expression.
The Woodstock Music & Art Fair is recognized as one of the seminal events in popular music history and was listed on Rolling Stone’s “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock & Roll.” Up until a torrentially rainy weekend in mid-August 1969, the town of White Lake, New York was a little-known agricultural town in the Catskill Mountains. Then, on August 15th, 16th and 17th, a cultural explosion took place that remains alive in memories and imaginations nearly 40 years later and that is what Genesis Publications’ new book seeks to capture. As David Crosby says, “People who weren’t there love to think of it as bigger than life and yes it was an amazing scene.”
“It’s very rare that you’re in a historic moment and you know that you’re in it,” says Arlo Guthrie in an essay in the book. “It’s even more rare that you’re in a historic moment that you know is historic and you’re having fun. Woodstock was one of those historic moments. Actually it was outside the box of history.”
The hand-crafted box set not only recounts the incredible story behind Woodstock from original interviews with the musicians who played and the people who organized and attended, but also explores Woodstock from cultural, social, political and environmental standpoints. This beautiful package presents two cloth-bound volumes with additional loose leaf essays and prints, a collection of never before published lyrics, drawings, poems, monographs, diary entries, essays and works of art, which provide insight to Woodstock as experienced by the prominent artists, thinkers, politicians, writers, designers and photographers who lived it. Original content contributors include Arlo Guthrie, David Crosby, Country Joe McDonald, Ravi Shankar, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Graham Nash and John Sebastian among many others.
In addition to unique guest contributions, the multi-media package is filled with original photographs and memorabilia from Michael Lang’s personal archive – including an original, unused Woodstock ticket in each box set. In a time capsule-style, the 1,000 hand bound box sets will contain a Woodstock experience that will provide a lasting tribute to one of the 20th Century’s legendary cultural events.
As part of a special offer, the book is now available to pre-order at a discounted price directly from Genesis Publications by telephone at +44 1483 540 970. Beginning June 1st, the book will launch on the Genesis online store at www.genesis-publications.com £350.00 (approx. $533.00 USD) and will be available until the anniversary of Woodstock on August 15th. The book will then be available for £395.00 (approx. $602.00 USD) on the website, at the GRAMMY Museum Gift Shop and participating retailers.