I’ve just finished reading Stealing Dylan from Woodstock by Ray Foulk, one of the three brothers principally responsible for the three great IOW Festivals, 1968-1970. This book covers the first two, focusing on Dylan while volume two which is imminent I believe, will look at 1970.
I thought it was nicely written, at times quite charming in its naivety – Ray was about the same age as most of us but knew very little about the world of sex, drugs and rock & roll when he embarked on the project. He was a quick learner and has gone on to lead a very interesting life.
If you’re a Birdcage boy or girl you will find the stories of Rikki ‘interesting’ – Ray is throughout pretty generous to Mr Farr who I learned was actually Tommy junior (Thomas Richard Farr). There is also the occasional mention of Mick Baxter – definitely a Birdcage boy who went on to work for Rikki and Fiery Creations (the Foulks) and was spotted recently by my buddy Martin Richman who is a pal of Ray’s – I think they met up at the book launch.
One interesting observation by Ray is that it was a peaceful event that required no police on site. I wonder whether he remains unaware of Dave Hopkins and his mates ‘disguised’ as Notting Hill’s finest hippies?
It’s hardback and published by Medina at £22. Not cheap, but it offers lots of illustrations and if you were there – or if Dylan is your man – I think you’ll enjoy it. I certainly did.
It ends with a lead into volume two through a chapter about Hendrix and his admiration for Dylan, suggesting intriguingly that the album Electric Ladyland carries in the title its particular tribute to Bob (laDYLANd). That’s a new one on me.