March 2011


Woodstock, baby! Rock and roll, drugs, mud, sex, music, chaos, and good times.

The Who rocking it like no body’s business and kicking Abbie Hoffman off the stage.

Don’t take the brown acid.

Naked hippies.

The Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Melanie, Richie Havens, and many more acts took the stage for what was to have been a small music and arts festival on Max Yasgur’s farm in upstate New York. But it didn’t turn out that way.

Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked The World is a fantastic book, a paperback documentary about those hectic three days in August of 1969.

It is filled with hundreds of pages of color and black and white photos.

Everything from the very beginning up to the later, more violent Woodstock festivals are covered in this hefty tome.

But the bulk of the book is devoted to the original, the best, Woodstock concert.

Never before or since, the gathering of hundreds of thousands of long haired, rain soaked, crusty, hippies, wallowing in mud and getting high on acid and God-knows-what, could turn out to be such a groovy, sexy, high.

And hey, Sha-Na-Na performed at the original concert. Groovy, man!

Highly recommended: A+

Dig it! Let’s all sing, “By the time we got to Woodstock, we were half a million strong…”

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A creepy young zombie girl eats the flesh of her mother. Zombies, gotta love ’em.

George A. Romero directed one of the greatest zombies movies of all time, Night of the Living Dead. Now, Joe Kane writes the definitive book on the making of this classic slice of horror cinema.

Night of the Living Dead Awesome Paperback

The original Goth movement

Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever is a must read for fans of the zombie genre, horror films, and vintage black and white midnight movies.

No stone is left unturned. The author interviews the great artists behind the original classic and the sequels.

Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever includes photos and the John Russo original screenplay, “The Anubis”.

What I like is the screenplay is not in traditional screenplay format. It reads like a combination of prose and stage play, like the screenplays for Ingmar Bergman’s “Face to Face” and “Wild Strawberries”.

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This is one great book  filled with hundreds of pages of excellent photos from the classic era of punk.

Punk The Definitive Record of a Revolution by Stephen Colegrave & Chris Sullivan is an oral history of the glory days of punk during the 1970s. The story begins in New York with Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground, then to the New York Dolls, Iggy and the Stooges, and The Ramones. We read great quotes from the artists, their managers, agents, journalists, and other hangers on.

From New York the authors jump the pond and land right into the middle of the burgeoning British punk scene. We get to read about Malcolm McClaren and Vivienne Westwood and their Sex boutique, Johnny Rotton and the rise of the Sex Pistols, about the birth of the Clash, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sid Vicious and the implosion of the Sex Pistols. Again, the story is told in quotations by the various parties involved.

But, overall, the wonderful photos truly tell the story.

Book Review: A+

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