It’s Not About the Music

Variety takes a look at the marketing of Ang Lee’s movie Taking Woodstock, based on the book by Eliot Tibor. The film is opening in a limited release  (1,000 theaters) in two weeks.

The movie isn’t about the music (while the film includes music from the era, there is no concert footage), but about the strange confluence of events that brought the event about. This may be an advantage; instead of focusing on just the obvious boomer market, it is being billed as a “universal story of one man finding himself.” (Tibor’s memoir is about his bringing the event to Yasgur’s Farm, after it was shut out of its original venue, in an effort to save his parents’ motel from foreclosure).

Today’s Shelf Awareness points out a story in the Poughkeepsie Journal about the book’s unlikely journey to publication by Long Island independent publisher Square One. They are also publishing the tie-in.

Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life Movie Tie-in
Elliot Tiber, Tom Monte
Retail Price: $15.95
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Square One Publishers – (2009-06-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0757003338 / 9780757003332

Newmarket is also publishing the shooting script.

Taking Woodstock: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script)
James Schamus
Retail Price: $19.95
Paperback: 174 pages
Publisher: Newmarket Press – (2009-08-04)
ISBN / EAN: 1557048479 / 9781557048479

Woodstock’s 40th anniversary brings new books on the event. Gail Collins reviewed two new titles in Sunday’s NYT BR.

Back to the Garden: The Story of Woodstock
Pete Fornatale
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Touchstone – (2009-06-23)
ISBN / EAN: 1416591192 / 9781416591191


The Road to Woodstock
Michael Lang
Retail Price: $29.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Ecco – (2009-07-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061576557 / 9780061576553

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