Roots on the Radio

October 20th, 2009

Weston BlelockWeston Blelock, co-author of Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival: The Backstory to “Woodstock, will be interviewed about the Roots book and upcoming Barnes & Noble book event as follows:

10/28 at 9 a.m. on WKZE with Rick Schneider

10/30 at 9:30 a.m. on WKNY with Warren Lawrence

Roots Presentation @ Barnes & Noble on 10/30

October 19th, 2009

bn_logoWoodstock, NY—October 19, 2009—Weston Blelock and Julia Blelock, co-authors of Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival: The Backstory to “Woodstock” will be hosting a PowerPoint presentation and book signing at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1177 Ulster Ave., Kingston, NY on Friday, Oct 30, at 7 p.m. The book is a finalist in both the “Popular Culture” and “History: Media/Entertainment” categories of The National Best Books 2009 Awards.

Attendees of the upcoming presentation will learn why the festival was named Woodstock, and why it continues to be so closely associated with the town, even though the concert actually took place in Bethel, NY. The first part of the book features a transcript of a panel discussion that took place in August 2008 among townspeople—including Festival promoter Michael Lang—knowledgeable about the music scene in the late sixties. The second part of the book is a “roots of Woodstock” photo essay that chronicles the Arts and Crafts origins of the town, from its glass-making era in the 1800s to the founding of the Byrdcliffe colony in 1902. In addition, it details the town’s hallowed tradition of weekend-long music concerts, beginning in the early 1900s with Woodstock’s Maverick Festivals, and stretching up through the counter cultural Sound-Outs of the late 1960s. Read the rest of this entry »