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Woodstock: An Inside Look at the Movie that Shook Up the World and Defined a Generation

Woodstock <em>An Inside Look at the Movie that Shook Up the World and Defined a Generation</em> by Dale Bell (Editor), Martin Scorsese (Foreword) Woodstock: An Inside Look at the Movie that Shook Up the World and Defined a Generation
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Author: Edited by Dale Bell
Foreword by: Martin Scorsese
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 300
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 094118871X
ISBN-13: 9780941188715

About the Book:

HARD TO FIND BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available.

It was the event that defined a generation. During the Summer of 1969, the Vietnam War was raging, Muhammad Ali had been stripped of his boxing crown, and more than 400,000 people descended on an obscure patch of earth in upstate New York, where an event called Woodstock would change the world: three days of peace and music. This unique book is a collection of remembrances and perceptions from the filmmakers, performers and festival producers who created the 1971 Academy Award-winning documentary film, Woodstock: The Movie, the country's top-grossing documentary. Like the concert it chronicled, the film, with its footage taken among the massive crowd, captured the spirit of the music love-in in all its muddy glory. Featuring some of the greatest musicians of the era; over three days, 32 acts performed onstage, among them Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Jimi Hendrix.

Dale Bell was at Woodstock. His purpose was not to listen to some of the greatest names of American music. His job was to make a movie. Bell was 31 years old and a multifaceted producer for New York's National Educational Television. He was in Woodstock because the film's director asked him to be "the guy to organize the shoot". He rallied the fifteen camera crews in less than a week including a young Martin Scorsese, who went on to make Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Last Temptation of Christ, and Kundun, as an assistant director. They shot 175 hours of film, which would have to be cut to four hours or less. Bell was one of the reasons the documentary did not look like a documentary. Dale Bell is also author of a book about the film's making and the four days he believes changed the world.

The filmmakers who worked on this documentary, a "group of long-haired freaks clad in bell-bottom jeans," as the author puts it, set out to record the performances using the largest, most sophisticated film unit ever assembled at the time. What they came up with influenced the future of music documentaries and videos, and turned what was a US phenomenon into a worldwide event.

This unique book is a collection of remembrances and insights, Rashomon-style, from the people who made it happen. Includes contributions from crew members such as director Mike Wadleigh and acclaimed editor Thelma Schoonmaker (best known for her work with Martin Scorsese), who garnered her first Academy Award nomination for her work on the film. Other contributors include: Country Joe McDonald, Joe Cocker, Arlo Guthrie, Santana drummer Mike Shrieve, TV czar Merv Griffin (credited as "the Godfather of Woodstock"), and many others.

What people say:

"When I look back at the second half of the '60s, I realize it is the only time I have ever heard people talk about love in serious terms, as a force to combat greed, hate, and violence." — Martin Scorsese from the Forward

About the Author:

Dale Bell served as associate producer of the Woodstock film crew, and is credited with heroic efforts in getting film stock and related supplies to the festival site. As an undergraduate at Princeton, he managed, produced, and directed 24 plays over three seasons of summer stock. His film production career in public television began in early 1964, prior to the formation of PBS. An Oscar-winning filmmaker who has produced documentaries and cable programs throughout the world, his diverse broadcast and film projects have won the Academy Award (Woodstock), the Peabody, 2 Emmys, 4 BAFTAs, and two Christophers. His work has been seen on NET, PBS, BBC, A&E, Discovery, TBS, ABC, NBC, and the History Channel.