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Elliot Tiber, Tom Monte: Taking Woodstock

Elliot Tiber, Tom Monte: Taking Woodstock

A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life. USA 2009, 215 pp., brochure,  14.79
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Before there ws a Woodstock Concert, there was Elliot Tiber working to make a go of his parents' upstate New York motel. The Jewish clientele who had frequented the Catskills had discovered Florida, and the upstate tourist business was dying. To save his family's livelihood, Elliot put on plays and local festivals. In the process, he became the area's issuer of event permits. In the summer of 1969, Tiber's life was about to change. Working in Greenwich Village, a mecca for gays in America, Tiber socialized with the likes of Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and a young photographer named Robert Mapplethorpe, and yet managed to keep his gay life a secret from his family. Then on Friday, June 28, Tiber walked into the Stonewall Inn and witnessed the riot that galvanized the American gay rights movement. And on July 15, when Tiber read that the Woodstock Concert promoters were unable to stage the show in Wallkill, he offered them a new venue. Tiber soon found himself swept up in a vortex that changed his life forever.
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