Stealing Bob Dylan from Woodstock

When the World Came to the Isle of Wight. Volume 1

Ray Foulk, Caroline Foulk

For a time, the Isle of Wight Festivals transformed a sleepy English island into the rock‘n'roll capital of the world. What started in 1968 as a parochial one-nighter in a stubble field to raise funds for a local swimming pool, a year later ballooned into a massive outdoor gathering. Numbers sky-rocketed as devotees flocked to the Island from mainl
Date Published :
July 2015
Publisher :
Medina Publishing
Language:
English
Illustration :
212 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781909339507
Pages : 312
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$24.95

Overview
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For a time, the Isle of Wight Festivals transformed a sleepy English island into the rock‘n’roll capital of the world. What started in 1968 as a parochial one-nighter in a stubble field to raise funds for a local swimming pool, a year later ballooned into a massive outdoor gathering. Numbers skyrocketed as devotees flocked to the Island from mainland Britain, Europe, the Americas and as far away as Australia, to pay homage to rock’s poet laureate, Bob Dylan.

The reclusive star had been holed up in the artist-town of Woodstock for more than three years, following a serious motorcycle accident. He toyed with playing the Woodstock festival – brought to his own front door – but it was the Foulk brothers who succeeded where all others failed, luring Dylan 3,000 miles away from home to their Island, to create a Woodstock of his own.

Landing the music biz coup of the decade, the three Foulk brothers – a printer, an estate agent and an art student – became pioneers in pop promotion by signing for the world exclusive appearance of the reluctant ‘voice of his generation.’

For the organizers, short on experience, resources and time, the ensuing public response was almost overwhelming, and the challenge of delivering the most eagerly-awaited musical event of the era daunting. The world’s media covered the phenomena, gave the event global coverage and marked it as a suitable climax as the swinging sixties drew to a close.

The 1969 Isle of Wight Festival was Bob Dylan’s one and only full concert appearance in seven-and-a-half years and played its part in a highly transformative period of the artist’s life.

Stealing Dylan from Woodstock tells, from a unique perspective, of an extraordinary event which seismically altered the lives of the author, his family, all those involved with it and many of those who attended.

About The Author
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Ray Foulk is a renowned curator and author on French Art Deco masters and twentieth century decorative art, and has also written on the 1960s counterculture and rock festivals. He is also an award winning environmental architect, Ray lives and works in Oxford, near his four grown up children and grandchildren.

Caroline Foulk has worked with her father, Ray, for many years, researching, writing, and co-promoting the in-schools project, Blue Planet Day. Together they have recently completed a screenplay for the cinema about the invention of modern art.

REVIEWS
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"The book includes a potted account of Dylan’s life and work, and some fantastic unseen photographs. . .But it’s the human stories that compel. As well as the colourful cavalcade of performers – including Joe Cocker, Richie Havens and The Band – there’s a stellar supporting cast of English eccentrics."

- Graeme Thomson, Daily Mail

"Beyond merely being a book about a festival, Foulk does a masterful job in telling the true story of what it took to get Dylan on the bill and what it all meant for all involved. The text is accompanied by photographs of the various artists on stage and in attendance as well as many fascinating behind the scenes pictures."

- The Rock and Roll Chemist

"One of the fantastic things about exploring Dylan’s pre-and post-festival reclusiveness in part one, Stealing Dylan from Woodstock, is that we see how this historic Isle of Wight event locates within the star’s own story, and maybe even how the festival affected his subsequent career."

- The Big Issue

"The full story, which he is revealing only now, complete with never-before-seen photographs, sheds new light on a mysterious period in the life of rock’s greatest songwriter, and has a supporting cast of Beatles and other rock gods."

- The Independent

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