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Woodstock : history of an American town
Evers, Alf.
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Publication Information:
Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 1987.
Physical Description:
viii, 749 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
General Note:
Illustrated lining papers.

Includes index.
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F129.W85 E94 1987 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Few small towns in America have as colorful a history as that of Woodstock, New York. Long before it was put on the map by the Woodstock Festival at Max Yasgur's Sullivan County farm in the summer of 1969, Woodstock was established as a haven for free-thinkers driven to the "earthly paradise" to pursue their vision of a Utopian, self-sufficient community. In this captivating history, Alf Evers shows how this community has been constantly redefined as successive generations of bohemians, artists, and exiles from the city have settled in this town, both unique to and exemplary of the American culture of which it has been so vital a part.

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Choice Review

For a local history to be a valuable work, it is necessary for the study to be more than the recounting of innumerable events in the community from before its founding to publication date. Good local history must be interpretive, and must be related to the history of its region, its state, and the nation. This work, divided into 57 short chapters (the longest 51 pages), is little more than a chronology, retelling known events. Written as a labor of love by a local historian well known in the region, the book shows touches of professionalism in its layout and production. The photos, grouped together in a 33-page section, are not unique and shed no light on the community or its history. Similar photos are in the collections of most local history societies or community libraries. Although heavily footnoted, the book lacks a bibliography that would have proved helpful to researchers. Not recommended.-J.J. Fox Jr., Salem State College