Bob Dylan’s Bringing It All Back Home was written upstairs from Woodstock’s Café Espresso in a studio that Dylan dubbed “The White Room.” This building, at 59 Tinker Street, is now occupied by The Center for Photography. Dylan wrote the album at a feverish pace and appropriated bits of lore from the local scene to fill out his lyrics. For example, in “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Dylan raps in the final lines, “The pump don’t work ‘cause the vandals took the handles.” This is said by locals to refer to the water pump at the Woodstock Library.
One of Dylan’s sideman on the project was Kenny Rankin, who performed at a Woodstock Sound-Out in 1967. ROOTS is in mourning for Kenny, who passed away on June 7, 2009. For more on this, click here.
The June 6th Spring Clean-Up Event in Woodstock, NY was a big success. Well over 100 volunteers turned out, and the bicycle teams picked up numerous bags of trash from roadside collectors distributed all over town. This was another event in support of Woodstock’s Zero-Carbon Initiative. Thank you, Greg Stanton, and all those who participated, including corporate sponsors!
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Roots of Woodstock Live Concert
40th Anniversary Concert Brings Festival Home to Woodstock
Woodstock, NY—May 19, 2009—Weston Blelock, author and editor of WoodstockArts’ forthcoming Roots of the 1969 Woodstock Festival: The Backstory to “Woodstock,“ has confirmed a rumored 40th anniversary concert to be held on August 15 at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. Blelock will co-produce the show with his sister, Julia, in association with Steve Walter, formerly of The Cutting Room in New York City. Read the rest of this entry »