Small Town Talk

  • by Barney Hoskyns
  • Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
  • 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When musicians in the New York folk scene of the 1960s grew tired of city life, they decided to "get it together in the country". They headed for Woodstock - not to the site of the infamous music festival of 1969 but to the Catskills, to Bearsville, to Woodstock proper. Counterculture revolutionaries like Janis Joplin, Richie Havens, and Paul Butterfield got "back to the land", turning the once sleepy hollow into a funky Shangri-La.
Small Town Talk tells the town's musical history, from its earliest days as a bohemian arts colony to its ongoing life as a cultural satellite of New York. Woodstock, the bucolic artists' enclave, has earned its place in rock music history; Small Town Talk is a classic study of a vital music scene in a magical place during a revolutionary time.


What the Critics Say

"[F]ans of 1960s and '70s rock and music history buffs will find this a pleasure." (Kirkus)


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Customer Reviews

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Too long

Interesting but repetitive. Could have told story in half the time. Also kind of a downer.
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- Sharon Scully

A lot of answers to stories of my youth

I grew up in the town next to Woodstock a few years after a lot of the story took place. (I was 11 in 1969) The whole scene was the underlying pulse of my youth. We knew the personalities, and some of the stories, This narrative provides an excellent disquisition of the spiderweb that was the Woodstock scene possibly best told by someone outside of the world. The only minus was the pronunciation, of several locations.Notably Ohayo Mountain Road is not pronounced like the state between Pennsylvania and Indiana.
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- Geoff in NY

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-29-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio