Without Elliot Tiber, there would have been no Woodstock in 1969. Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) has now filmed Taking Woodstock, opening in movie theaters nationwide on August 28th, 2009 (40 years to the month of the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Festival) and based on the acclaimed memoir Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, A Concert, and A Life (written by Tiber along with Tom Monte). To commemorate both Woodstock’s 40th anniversary and the upcoming release of the Ang Lee by Focus Features, Square One Publishers has now reissued a special "movie tie-in" paperback edition of the book.
Taking Woodstock is the true story of Elliot Tiber, the man who rescued the original Woodstock Festival from cancellation. In the summer of 1969, Elliot was working in Greenwich Village while also trying to make a go with his parents of their broken-down motel in upstate New York. All the while, he managed to keep his gay life a secret from his family.
Then on Friday, June 28, Elliot walked into the Stonewall Inn— and witnessed the riot that would galvanize the American gay liberation movement and enable him to take stock of his own lifestyle. And on July 15, when Elliot learned that the Woodstock Concert promoters were unable to stage the show in Wallkill — a town near his parents’ motel — he offered to find them a new venue. Soon he was swept up in a vortex, and Tiber found himself forever tied to the wild revelry that was Woodstock.
A vibrant and telling snapshot of America from not too long ago, Taking Woodstock is the story of a man who was living two separate and very different lives—one in New York City, and one in a sleepy upstate town—until the Woodstock Concert altered his way of looking at the world and at himself.
TAKING WOODSTOCK (tie-in edition): ISBN: 978-0-7570-0293-9
$24.95 US ($29.95 CAN) / 6 x 9-inch hardcover / 240 pgs.