Check out some of these selected books that offer insights into Woodstock’s famous people and places.
Absolutely Dylan – An Illustrated Biography, John Bauldie and Patrick Humphries. Viking Studio Books, New York, NY, 1991.
The life and career of Bob Dylan. The photographs, some full-pages, cover extensive memorabilia, including tours and concerts, appearances, album covers, magazines, books and films and recordings.
In Catskill Country: Collected Essays on Mountain History, Life and Lore, Alf Evers. Book News, Inc, Portland, OR, 1975.
These essays were originally published in the newsletter of the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. They include the rise and fall of the railroad system, the history of the Hudson Valley region and the characteristics of the Catskill Mountains, including Woodstock and the surrounding area.
The Catskills, An Illustrated Historical Guide with Gazetteer, Arthur G. Adams. FordhamUniversity Press, Bronx, NY, 1990.
This vastly illustrative book focuses on the history of the Catskill Mountain region.
This is Alf Evers’ memorable book about the deep history, magnificent beauty and wondrous legends of the Catskills.
Famous Woodstock Cooks: And Their Favorite Recipes, Joanne Michaels, Mary Barile, and Alan McKnight (Illustrator). JMB Publications, Woodstock, NY, 1994.
The authors interviewed Woodstock residents to produce this entertaining look at recipes and culinary delights of some famous characters in town. One is Casablanca’s screenwriter Howard Koch’s French toast.
Hikes, Walks & Drives in the Saugerties/Woodstock Area: A Visitor’s Guide, Richard Frisbie. Hope Farm Press, Saugerties, NY, 1996.
Frisbie creates a visitor’s guide to the Saugerties/Woodstock area, focusing on hiking and walking trails and scenic driving tours. One suggested trip is a 2-mile trek to the top of Overlook Mountain that starts at the Buddhist Monastery in Woodstock.
Smith creates an art book to honor Woodstock’s dedication to the arts and is based on her earlier book, “Woodstock History and Hearsay.” It looks at the creativity and imagination of Woodstock artists.
Let’s Take The Kids!: Great Places To Go With Children In NY’s Hudson Valley, Mary Barile & Joanne Michaels. St. Martin‘s Press, New York, NY, 1997.
This is a parent’s guide of entertainment in the Hudson Valley, aimed specifically at kids, with detailed descriptions of attractions such as theme parks, museums, campgrounds and more.
Music Universe, Music Mind: Revisiting the Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, New York, Robert E. Sweet. Arborville Publishing, Ann Arbor, MI, 1996.
This book revisits the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, founded in 1971 by Karl Berger. Berger’s studio catered to well-known artists from all types of musical backgrounds, like Carlos Santana, Don Cherry and Woodstock residents Marilyn Crispell and Jack DeJohnette.
Dallas Taylor became famous by playing drums for Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, and recorded with other legends, like Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, John Sebastian and Jimi Hendrix. Taylor tells of his near-fatal heroine/cocaine addiction, struggle with fame and journey to recovery.
Smart’s book chronicles the transformation of 1960s Woodstock from a small arts colony into the music mecca it is now. The book contains stories about Woodstock residents Todd Rundgren, John Sebastian, REM, Orleans and The B-52s, as well as many others.
Route 28: A Mile by Mile Guide to New York‘s Adventure Route, Rob Scharpf. North Country Books, Utica, NY, 1998.
Longtime Hudson Valley resident and author Rob Scharpf writes about the historic sights and adventures along NY’s scenic Route 28, a 282-mile road. Scharpf wrote this book 2 years after relocating to Melbourne, FL.
The Story of a Small Town Library: The Development of the Woodstock, N.Y., Library, Frances Rogers. Overlook Press, Woodstock, NY, 1974.
This book features an introduction by Alf Evers. Rogers explores the creation of the Woodstock Library, established in a converted barn in 1913. The founding committee was given a budget of $40 to buy furniture and supplies — all the books were donated.
Woodstock became a town in 1787 and has been defined by three distinctly powerful influences: the townspeople, the Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony and the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair held in nearby Bethel. Woodstock author Janine Fallon-Mower’s book takes a look at the Woodstock community from the 1890s to the 1980s.
Woodstock‘s Art Heritage: The Permanent Collection of the Woodstock Artists Association. Overlook Press, Woodstock, NY. 1987.
The Woodstock Artists Association began in 1920 and is committed to serving as an archive and preserving Woodstock as the “Colony of the Arts.” This collection is a dedication to Woodstock artists.
This book is an extensive compilation of local folklore and history of Woodstock up through 1993. The author used extensive memorabilia, such as photographs, newspaper articles, playbills and theater posters, to capture the history of Woodstock and its creative, wacky townspeople.
Woodstock Handmade Houses, Robert Haney, David Ballantine, Jonathan Elliott. Hope Farm Press, Saugerties, NY, 1974.
Woodstock Handmade Houses explores the creativity and workmanship that goes into the owner-designed Woodstock home. It also celebrates the studios, workshops and architectural designs of the artist colony builders.
Published in 1959, this book became the first official written history of the Town of Woodstock. Smith conducted interviews with townspeople and researched extensive records to produce factual, historical accounts. She blends history with folklore and local myths surrounding the town.
Alf Evers lived in Woodstock for over 30 years and served as Woodstock’s town historian. Evers conducted 15 years of research to write about Woodstock, a well-established town long before the 1969 festival made it famous. This book is a detailed account of the history of the village and how it has become one of the most famous small towns in America.
Woodstock Landscapes, Photographs by John Kleinhans with an introduction by Gail Godwin. Golden Notebook/ Precipice Press, Woodstock, NY.
This is the perfect souvenir for visitors to the Woodstock area. It is pictorial view of the landscape surrounding the town.
This fictitious book tells the story of a couple who relocate from Manhattan to the peaceful existence of Woodstock — then a body is found on their property and an investigation ensues as more victims are exhumed.
Woodstock Vision: The Spirit of a Generation, Elliott Landy. Continuum International Publishing Group, 1994.
Woodstocker Elliott Landy published this book to coincide with the festival’s 25-year anniversary. The book contains never-before released photos of Bob Dylan, The Band, Richie Havens and more.