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This beautiful coffee-table style book by the creator of the legendary Woodstock Festival commemorates the 50th birthday of a gathering that has come to symbolize the hope and energy of a generation that set out to change the world. Woodstock tells the story of the endless 1969 concert via Lang’s well-conceived narrative which juxtaposes personal memories with what was happening musically in the country. In addition, Lang shares a trove of ephemera from the event – things like set lists, stage designs and pieces of correspondence – that collectively gives readers a true idea of just what it took to bring one man’s bold and idealistic dream to life. Finally, a compendium of photographs by Henry Diltz, Ralph Ackerman, John Dominis, Bill Eppridge, Dan Garson, Barry Z. Levine, Elliott Landy, Lee Marshall and Baron Wolman show the artists in motion, as snaps of Hendrix, Havens, Baez and The Grateful Dead hurl us 50 years into the past. As so many of us remember, 1969 was a time of war which divided the generations. Nonetheless, Michael Lang and a rag-tag group of artists who assembled on a dairy farm in New York believed they could stop the war with music and create peace. As this book shows, for three days they did.
Any good movie serves as a record of the era and culture in which it was created. In turn, this study edited by Travis Langley and Alex Simmons delves into the psychology of the comic book movie Black Panther, dissecting the mental shape of its characters. Compelling on a multiplicity of levels, the authors’ insights leave you not only examining Black Panther, but yourself as well.