Eight Miles High: Folk-rock's Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock
Eight Miles High documents the evolution of the folk-rock movement from mid-1966 through the end of the decade. This much-anticipated sequel to Turn! Turn! Turn!(00330946) - the acclaimed history of folk-rock's early years - portrays the mutation of the genre into psychedelia via California bands like the Byrds and Jefferson Airplane; the maturation of folk-rock composers in the singer-songwriter movement; the re-emergence of Bob Dylan and the creation of country-rock; the rise of folk-rock's first supergroup, CSN&Y; the origination of British folk-rock; and the growing importance of major festivals from Newport to Woodstock. Based on firsthand interviews with such folk-rock visionaries as: Jorma Kaukonen, Roger McGuinn, Donovan, Judy Collins, Jim Messina, Dan Hicks and dozens of others.
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What a Lie!!! The real truth is Eric Oxendine told me years ago that he asked Richie Havens if he could play at Woodstock, and he told him "It wasn't that kind of gig" So Eric wasn't going to let Richie Havens or anyone stop or discourage him from attending the festival! He drove up with some friends- He got as far as 10 miles from the concert - determined, He walked with his Fender bass - arrived at night - went on stage, sat down. and watched Ravi Shankar perform an amazing concert! If Eric was supposed to play with Richie Havens, he would have traveled up in style and comfort with him instead of driving up in back to back traffic for hours!!!! DUH ! I liked the way Eric Oxendine played the bass solo with Van Morrison so much better!!!! Another convient lie from Richie Haven's past! The backup musicians who helped make him famous never goy the credit they deserve. I know - I was there - A friend of the band - Gene from NYC.
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