|Julien Bitoun. Michael Lang, foreword. Simon Jones, trans.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||240 / 2019|
With page-filling photos and illustrations, evocative accounts, and detailed captions and sidebars throughout, this is a truly immersive album celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, with a foreword by its cofounder Michael Lang. From the opening set, when Ritchie Havens ran out of songs and improvised the transcendent "Freedom," each act is presented in the context of the artist and the festival, with a set list and a full roster of performers. A guitarist himself, and the author of Strange Brew, French journalist Julien Bitoun also looks at the unique cultural context of Woodstock—including the bands that didn't make it to the festival—and its enduring legacy.