Prisoner of Woodstock
Thunder's Mouth Press, 1994 - Drummers (Musicians) - 242 pages
At age 21, Dallas Taylor had become a millionaire, playing drums for Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young as well as recording with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and John Sebastian. He was the entire rhythm section for CSN's memorable appearance at Woodstock - the apotheosis of the sixties - and an insider to the rock & roll lifestyle of the Woodstock Generation. But by age 25, his fierce addiction to drugs and alcohol had reduced him to a penniless junkie. Taylor gives us a riveting description of the anarchy and tension of the Woodstock festival where CSN made their historic debut. Prisoner of Woodstock is filled with funny and sometimes poignant stories of fellow band members Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Neil Young as well as friends such as Janis Joplin, Bill Wyman, Don Henley, and others. He vividly describes his painful near-death experience with heroin and cocaine addiction as well as his trying journey to recovery. He recounts his struggle with the fame, pressure, and insecurities of being a member of rock's premier group, and how it nearly destroyed him.
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