Woodstock Scholarship: An Interdisciplinary Annotated Bibliography - cover image


Jeffrey N. Gatten

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  • English

Print Length

194 pages (vi + 188)


Paperback156 x 10 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.41" x 9.21")
Hardback156 x 13 x 234 mm(6.14" x 0.5" x 9.21")


Paperback619g (21.83oz)
Hardback996g (35.13oz)



OCLC Number





  • GBCR
  • HBTB
  • HBJK


  • REF004000
  • HIS054000
  • SOC022000


  • ML38.W669


  • Bibliography
  • Woodstock
  • baby boom generation
  • the Sixties
  • popular music
  • youth culture

Woodstock Scholarship

An Interdisciplinary Annotated Bibliography

  • Jeffrey N. Gatten (author)
Since August 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair looms large when recounting the history and impact of the baby boom generation and the societal upheavals of the Sixties. Scholars study the sociological, political, musical, and artistic impact of the event and use it as a cultural touchstone when exploring alternative perspectives or seeking clarity. This interdisciplinary annotated bibliography records the details of over 400 English-language resources on the Festival, including books, chapters, articles, websites, transcriptions and videos. Divided into six main subsections―Culture & Society, History, Biography, Music, Film, Arts & Literature―for ease of consultation Woodstock Scholarship sheds light on all facets of a key happening in our collective history.

Throughout the 1960s, popular music became increasingly reflective and suggestive of the rising political and social consciousness of the youth culture. Examples can be seen in the development of the protest song genre within the folk music boom of the early Sixties and the marriage of lifestyle to music first reflected by The Beatles with fashion, followed by psychedelic music with the emerging drug culture. Woodstock was where these themes coalesced, thus becoming the defining and last great moment of the 1960s. However, Woodstock also represented an abundant amount of experiences and ideas and moments. Thus, when exploring the complicated accounts and numerous facets of America during the turbulent Sixties one discovers scholarship on the key subjects, such as the Vietnam War or the Civil Rights Movement, often considering and debating the importance, relevance, and epic nature of Woodstock. Multiple narratives emerge: a radical engagement of the hippie movement, an overt commercial exploitation of youth culture, a political statement. Woodstock scholarship does not stand alone as field of study, but it is at the cross-road of a number of disciplines―music history, cultural studies, sociology, arts and literature, media studies, politics and economics.

Providing full bibliographical details and concise, informative annotation for each entry, Woodstock Scholarship is an essential tool for students, scholars, teachers, and librarians in all these areas, as well as for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of both the Woodstock Music and Art Fair phenomenon and of the confluence of music, commerce and politics.


A painstakingly researched and highly comprehensive survey of a wide range of documents covering a unique event. Woodstock Scholarship will be extensively used by scholars, students, librarians and anybody interested in popular music culture for many years to come.

Professor Andy Bennett

Griffith University, Australia

Additional Resources


A free, socially enhanced version of this book is available on Wikiversity, a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to educational resources. Our aim is to make Woodstock Scholarship even more comprehensive and useful for the scholarly community. You are encouraged to add bibliographic entries about new works that come to light, or the author had not been aware of, to link to digitised versions of the works identified, to add ISBNs or links to discovery engines such as Worldcat, to expand the description of the works identified, and to add any other information that you think could enrich this invaluable discovery tool.


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Jeffrey N. Gatten

Associate Dean of the William H. Hannon Library at Loyola Marymount University