Small Town Talk tells Woodstock's (the town, not the festival) story from its earliest days as the bohemian arts colony to its ongoing life as a cultural satellite of New York. A classic study of a vital scene in a magical place during a revolutionary time, Small Town Talk will show us how Woodstock earned its place in history. Dylan, The Band, Morrison, Joplin, Hendrix, Albert Grossman, Karen Dalton, Happy & Artie Traum, Tim Hardin, Todd Rundgren, Bobby Charles, everyone that was there at ground zero is in here.
Drawing on numerous first-hand interviews with the remaining key players in the scene, Hoskyns has produced an East-Coast companion to his bestselling L.A. Canyon classic Hotel California. This is a richly absorbing study of a vital music scene in a revolutionary time and place.
Joining Barney this evening in conversation will be Mitch Melnick.
Barney Hoskyns is a music historian, editorial director of the online music-journalism library Rock's Backpages and author of Hotel California, Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits and an oral history of Led Zeppelin. he lives in London, England.