What remains irreducible about this music is its desire to change the world. The desire begins with the demand to live not as an object but as a subject of history. —Greil Marcus
The collection, originally published in 1978, celebrated the 10th Anniversary of 1968’s REDWOODSTOCK, an outdoor music festival organized to support a small, radical school while addressing the swirling political and social agendas of the era. Released with a preface penned by President Richard Nixon, the volume attained a cult status and, unfortunately, as a result, copies of the first edition exist today exclusively in the hands of private collectors.
The publication chronicled the REDWOODSTOCK “community happening” through exploration of ephemera and anecdote. The event evolved over its first decade into a lively annual festival; it became well-known and achieved a somewhat legendary reputation, if not actually waxing into authentic popularity. The particular history is but a footnote to the American experience, but in its time, redwoodstock’s notoriety reached all the way to the White House.
Archival research has unearthed several sources which illuminate the evolution of the project. Correspondence, along with notes written by the President, and transcripts of secret tape recordings have been collected and collated by actual historians in order to piece together a coherent narrative chronicling the coming together of these disparate historical forces. Several recently discovered archival documents are presented below for the reader’s edification.