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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (343 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elliot Tiber, Tom Monte Narrator: Jim Frangione Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781440760556
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Taking Woodstock is the funny, touching, and true story of Elliot Tiber, the man who was instrumental in arranging the site for the original Woodstock Concert. Elliot, whose parents owned an upstate New York motel, was working in Greenwich Village in the summer of 1969. He socialized with the likes of Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and yet somehow managed to keep his gay life a secret from his family. Then on Friday, June 28, Elliot walked into the Stonewall Inn-and witnessed the riot that would galvanize the American gay movement and enable him to take stock of his own lifestyle. And on July 15, when Elliot learned that the Woodstock Concert promoters were unable to stage the show in Wallkill, he offered to find them a new venue. Soon he was swept up in a vortex that would change his life forever. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicky | 2/19/2014

    " Not as much about Woodstock as it was about homosexuality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luann Yetter | 12/19/2013

    " I loved the movie which is what prompted me to get the book. As is often the case, the book tells a very different story. More autobiography than memoir of the event, Tiber's book is still a very interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peter | 12/3/2013

    " Read in anticipation of the movie. Fun at times but also serious account of growing up with oppression related to orientation, ethnicity and religion. Tiber was present at Stonewall and played a major role in allowing Woodstock to be held in Bethel NY. Quick read. Worth it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 11/21/2013

    " Interesting book--listened to it in the car. Just wasn't what I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lu | 11/16/2013

    " This book is more than the story of how Woodstock ended up in a tiny town in New York. It's the author's story of how he came out as a gay man and accepted himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liza | 10/24/2013

    " I enjoyed this book, but the author's name-dropping and tendency to be self-congratulating turned me off and took away his credibility. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 10/2/2013

    " I found this book to be fascinating and a quick read. I was not a fan of the writing...it reads like a documentary. It is an almost unbelievable true story of how one of the greatest events in recent history almost didn't happen. If you grew up in the 70s it will bring back some memories for sure "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/31/2013

    " Awesome book! A bit graphic - not good for the under 18 crowd - but I loved the book and can't wait to see the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kmalac | 2/8/2013

    " This is a behind the scenes of Woodstock. True Story! I love Michael Lang, he is probably the best character in the book and I love Elliot's and his father relationship. Be warned there are some references to the true essence of the 60's and all that Woodstock entailed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steele At | 7/8/2012

    " What a weird time in history... read it because Ang Lee filmed the movie here. Weird, weird. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 5/30/2012

    " I'm glad this one's over. I was interested in the historical nature of Woodstock and its effects as a culture but along with it came more drama than I care to reveal. The book was less about Woodstock than about the author, Eliot Tiber who helped make it all happen. A bit disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George Huner | 3/20/2012

    " I liked the behind the scenes info about woodstock and the running of his parents motel, but there was way too much information on his personal life that I really didn't need to know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 2/1/2011

    " A good book. A sad book, really. To deny one, or hide one's true self for so long.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/14/2010

    " A good book. A sad book, really. To deny one, or hide one's true self for so long.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 9/25/2010

    " I'm glad this one's over. I was interested in the historical nature of Woodstock and its effects as a culture but along with it came more drama than I care to reveal. The book was less about Woodstock than about the author, Eliot Tiber who helped make it all happen. A bit disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 6/19/2010

    " I think the main reason I liked this book was because I enjoy the entire atmosphere of Woodstock. Though the book has a tendency to go through paragraphs of vague, shining compliments for the event, I thought it was an enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liza | 1/12/2010

    " I enjoyed this book, but the author's name-dropping and tendency to be self-congratulating turned me off and took away his credibility. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/7/2010

    " Excellent book! Much better than the movie. Elliot Tiber is hilarious too, very funny. Also heartfelt and outstanding. The book is illuminating about the times and his personal struggle. Highly recommend for a fast read that I could not put down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 12/14/2009

    " Not what I expected. The title is a little misleading. This book focuses more on Elliot Tiber than the actual festival itself. That being said, this book definitely encompassed the feel of Woodstock throughout tis pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lu | 11/22/2009

    " This book is more than the story of how Woodstock ended up in a tiny town in New York. It's the author's story of how he came out as a gay man and accepted himself. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 George | 10/26/2009

    " I liked the behind the scenes info about woodstock and the running of his parents motel, but there was way too much information on his personal life that I really didn't need to know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 9/29/2009

    " I wanted to hear about Woodstock, not about the Author’s sexuality, nor about his adolescent experiences in New York movie houses.
    Not a good read.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kmalac | 9/25/2009

    " This is a behind the scenes of Woodstock. True Story! I love Michael Lang, he is probably the best character in the book and I love Elliot's and his father relationship. Be warned there are some references to the true essence of the 60's and all that Woodstock entailed. "

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About the Narrator

Jim Frangione is an audiobook narrator who won AudioFile magazine’s 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense for his reading of Philip Carter’s The Altar of Bones and Spencer Quinn’s To Fetch a Thief. He has won six Earphones Awards and in 2009 was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.