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Small Town Talk - Barney Hoskyns

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 4:08 pm
by will vine
Lured in by the title, taken from one of my all-time favorite songs, I've just devoured this telling of the tale of Woodstock (not the festival). The cover unsurprisingly name checks Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis and Jimi but Albert Grossman, who turned the place into his personal fiefdom, is the central powerful figure here. Hard to think of anyone on the Forum who wouldn't find it interesting and entertaining.

It put a lot of songs in context for me. Now I've got to drag them all out again. As with all rock'n'roll accounts you may feel the need to detox after reading it.

Re: Small Town Talk - Barney Hoskyns

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:10 pm
by NormanD
Yes, agreed Will. It's a really informative and entertaining book. I'm reading it in small doses - probably for the reasons you refer to. Any book that gives me some more details on Bobby Charles will usually be money well spent.

Re: Small Town Talk - Barney Hoskyns

PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:31 pm
by Adam Blake
Good recommendation. I recently discovered that Grossman had a small but significant role in the Velvet Underground story. The Velvets had a residency at the New York nightclub The Dom when they went to play their ill-fated gigs on the West Coast. When they returned to New York they found that Grossman had bought out the lease on The Dom and effectively frozen them out of their home territory. With their noses in the air (and their tales between their legs) they relocated to Boston.