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Woodstock ’69 – Rock Revolution
by Ernesto Assante (White Star, 2018)
The concert that changed the history of rock, and that of an entire generation, cannot simply reduce to the vintage images of the 500,000 young people who arrived in Bethel from every corner of the world, nor to the rain that did not stop falling during the three days of music, turning the meadows into expanses of mud. This event, now a myth, resonates in the psychedelic notes of Santana and the sublime guitar of Pete Townshend of The Who, in the full voices of Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and in those of the many artists who took the stage. But it is perhaps in Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, as he plays his version of the American anthem “The Star – Spangled Banner”, that Woodstock screams all of its revolutionary and disruptive force against the war in Vietnam, turning into a cry the protest of an entire era. In this book, edited by journalist and music critic Ernesto Assante, some of the protagonists of those unforgettable days speak to the readers through the exclusive interviews made by the author throughout his career. Michael Lang, Carlos Santana, Joe Cocker, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Joan Baez, Bob Weir, Roger Daltrey, Graham Nash, Neil Young will bring us back to Bethel to relive, also thanks to the extraordinary images of the book, the greatest rock event in history, the three days of music, transgression and freedom that marked that August of 1969 and have never stopped making their echo felt since.
Ernesto Assante, born in Naples in 1958, journalist at Repubblica since 1979, where he was editor-in-chief and correspondent. He taught Theory and Techniques of New Media and Analysis of Musical Languages at La Sapienza University in Rome. He has collaborated with many Italian and foreign newspapers and magazines, including Il Manifesto, Epoca, L’Espresso, Rinascita, Metal Hurlant and Rolling Stone. Radio and television author, he has been collaborating with RAI since 1981, has worked for Italia Radio and currently hosts the programme “Sunday Afternoon” on Radio Capital. In 2017 he was author and presenter of “Celebration” on RaiUno.