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This is the funny, touching, and true story of the man who enabled Woodstock to take place. It is also the personal story of one man who took stock of his life, his lifestyle, and his future. This book is like no history of Woodstock you've ever read.
Presents the author's life in the 1960s as a gay, New York interior designer and owner with his parents of an upstate hotel, describing how by living in two worlds he was able to help a concert promoter rent Max Yasgur's farm for the original Woodstock concert in 1969.
In 1969, Elliot Tiber, born Eliyahu Teichberg, was a good Jewish boy who was helping his aging parents to maintain their dilapidated motel in the Catskills Mountains of upstate New York. Tiber also happened to be the head of the Chamber of Commerce for the small town of White Lake, New York, a position which authorized him to issue permits for local concerts, which in turn led to him organizing the most important event in rock- and-roll history. In this compelling and pertinent memoir, Tiber recounts the mad story of how he helped to coordinate Woodstock, from procuring the use of the land from farmer Max Yasgur to putting up with the phony preaching of concert promoter Michael Lang, whose sermons on peace and love were betrayed by the dollar signs reflected in his eyes. Tiber's tale is also a riveting coming-of-age-and-out-of-the-closet story, as his presence and participation in the concert, as well as at the landmark Stonewall riot, finally inspired him to reveal his homosexuality to his conservative parents.