Saturday, July 30, 2016

Woodstock: Days of Peace and Music

Crazy Challenge Connection discussion on goodreads

Woodstock: Days of Peace and Music
Duration: Aug 01, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016

If I could choose a day (or four) from the 1960s to be alive for, I would choose the Woodstock days - Aug 15 - Aug 18, 1969. Chosen as one of the Rolling Stone's 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll, it would be close to heaven for this rock and roll fan. Here is a challenge based on the iconic music festival. To finish, complete all tasks with a book that fits one of the task options. Enjoy!

1. The Woodstock Music & Art Fair - informally, the Woodstock Festival or simply Woodstock - was a music festival attracting an audience of over 400,000 people, scheduled over three days on a dairy farm in New York state from August 15 to 17, 1969, but which ran over four days to August 18, 1969. Billed as "An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", it was held at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in the Catskills near the hamlet of White Lake in the town of Bethel. Bethel, is 43 miles southwest of the town of Woodstock, New York. During the sometimes rainy weekend, 32 acts performed outdoors before an audience of 400,000 people. It is widely regarded as a pivotal moment in popular music history, as well as the definitive nexus for the larger counterculture generation. Rolling Stone listed it as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.
♫ Read a book where music or art is important -or- read a book with some kind of bad weather (rain, snow, thunderclouds etc) on the cover; post the cover -or- read a book that appears on some kind of top 100 (or 50, or 10 etc. the number needs to be definitive) list; link to the list. 
Uninhibited Melody Grace 8/5/16

2. Woodstock was initiated through the efforts of Michael Lang, John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, and Artie Kornfeld. Roberts and Rosenman financed the project. Lang had some experience as a promoter, having co-organized a small festival on the East Coast the prior year, the Miami Pop Festival, where an estimated 25,000 people attended the two-day event. In 1969, Lang and Kornfeld contacted Roberts and Rosenman about a small studio they were hoping to build in Woodstock, New York, similar to the latter pair’s Manhattan based Media Project. Unpersuaded by this Studio-in-the-Woods proposal, Roberts and Rosenman counter-proposed a concert featuring the kind of artists known to frequent the Woodstock area (such as Bob Dylan and The Band). Kornfeld and Lang agreed to the new plan, and Woodstock Ventures was formed in January 1969. 
☔ Read a book where a group of people come together for a common objective; mention how the book applies -or- read a book set either in Florida or in New York (state) -or- read a book whose author’s initials are ML, LM, JR, RJ, AK or KA. 
Music of the Heart Katie Ashley 8/18/16

3. From the start, there were differences in approach among the four: Roberts was disciplined and knew what was needed for the venture to succeed, while the laid-back Lang saw Woodstock as a new, "relaxed" way of bringing entrepreneurs together. When Lang was unable to find a site for the concert, Roberts and Rosenman, growing increasingly concerned, took to the road and eventually came up with a venue. Similar differences about financial discipline made Roberts and Rosenman wonder whether to pull the plug or to continue pumping money into the project.
♫ Read a book which is either tightly plotted, or loose and rambling; mention which category your book belongs to -or- read a book from a series you’re not sure you entirely like; a series you have already started is preferable, but if there isn’t any such in your TBR, the first book of any series whose description doesn’t catch you will do -or- read a book with a road trip in the plot. 
First and Only Abbie Zanders 8/22/16

4. In April 1969, newly minted superstars Creedence Clearwater Revival became the first act to sign a contract for the event, agreeing to play for $10,000. The promoters had experienced difficulty landing big-name groups prior to Creedence committing to play. Creedence drummer Doug Clifford later commented, "Once Creedence signed, everyone else jumped in line and all the other big acts came on." Given their 3:00 a.m. start time and omission (at Creedence frontman John Fogerty's insistence) from the Woodstock film, Creedence members have expressed bitterness over their experiences at the famed festival.
☔ Read a book by an author who has written a bestselling book; mention the bestselling book -or- read a book in which the first letters of all words in the title occur in “CREEDENCECLEARWATERREVIVAL”; all words count, 3 words minimum -or- read a book in which a character is bitter and resentful about something, mention how the book applies.  
Fallen Too Far
Until Friday Night Abbi Glines 8/8/16

5. Woodstock was designed as a profit-making venture, aptly titled "Woodstock Ventures". It famously became a "free concert" only after the event drew hundreds of thousands more patrons than the organizers had prepared for. Tickets for the three-day event cost $18 in advance and $24 at the gate. Ticket sales were limited to record stores in the greater New York City area, or by mail via a post office box at the Radio City Station Post Office located in Midtown Manhattan. Around 186,000 advance tickets were sold, and the organizers anticipated approximately 200,000 festival-goers would turn up.
♫ Read a book that you received for free (arc, loan, library all work) -or- read a book that has been on the New York Times Bestseller List (this website may help); mention the date and position -or- read a book with the total number of pages between 186-200 (inclusive); mention the number of pages. 
Carolina Girl Virginia Kantra 8/1/16

6. The original venue plan was for the festival to take place in Woodstock, New York, possibly near the proposed recording studio site owned by Alexander Tapooz. After local residents quickly shot down that idea, Lang and Kornfeld thought they had found another possible location in Saugerties, New York. But that didn’t work out either. Growing alarmed at the lack of progress, Roberts and Rosenman took over the search for a venue, and discovered the 300-acre Mills Industrial Park in the town of Wallkill, New York, which Woodstock Ventures leased for $10,000 in the Spring of 1969. On July 15, 1969, the Wallkill Zoning Board of Appeals officially banned the concert on the basis that the planned portable toilets would not meet town code. Even when they finalized on Max Yasgur’s farm as the location, the organizers faced trouble. Despite resident opposition and signs proclaiming, "Buy No Milk. Stop Max's Hippy Music Festival", Bethel Town Attorney Frederick W. V. Schadt and building inspector Donald Clark approved the permits, but the Bethel Town Board refused to issue them formally. Clark was ordered to post stop-work orders.
☔ Read a book in which a main character travels to several places in the course of the book -or- read a book in which a protest occurs -or- read a book that shows a farm or a meadow on the cover; post the cover. 
Unwritten Melody Grace 8/6/16

7. The late change in venue did not give the festival organizers enough time to prepare. At a meeting three days before the event, organizers felt they had two options: one was to complete the fencing and ticket booths, without which the promoters were almost certain to lose their shirts; the other option involved putting their remaining available resources into building the stage, without which the promoters feared they would have a disappointed and disgruntled audience. When the audience began arriving by the tens of thousands, the next day, on Wednesday before the weekend, the decision had been made for them. "The fences at Woodstock" became an oxymoron, while the stage at Woodstock gave birth to a legend.
Read a book with a fence on the cover; post the cover -or- read a book whose title has changed since original publication; mention both names -or- read a book whose title begins with a letter in “legend”; ignore a, an and the. 
Don't Let Go Jaci Burton 8/4/16

8. The influx of attendees to the rural concert site in Bethel created a massive traffic jam. Fearing chaos as thousands began descending on the community, Bethel did not enforce its codes. Eventually, announcements on radio stations as far away as WNEW-FM in Manhattan and descriptions of the traffic jams on television news discouraged people from setting off to the festival. To add to the problems and difficulty in dealing with the large crowds, recent rains had caused muddy roads and fields. The facilities were not equipped to provide sanitation or first aid for the number of people attending; hundreds of thousands found themselves in a struggle against bad weather, food shortages, and poor sanitation.
☔ Read a book with a mode of road transport on the cover; post the cover -or- read a hyped book, a book about which you have heard practically everywhere -or- read a book in which a main character suffers food shortage. 
The Taming of the Bachelor (Taming of the Sheenans #4) by Jane Porter The Taming of the Bachelor Jane Porter 8/21/16

9. 32 acts performed in the festival, among them, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimu Hendrix and Grateful Dead (whose set was cut short after the stage amps overloaded mid-song).
♫ Go to this link of Woodstock performers. Choose a performer, and read a book whose author’s first and last initials appear in the full name of the performer, and whose title contains a word in a song they performed. Ignore a, an and the, no variations allowed. 
Woodstock performer Bert Sommer
Read a book whose author’s first and last initials Marci Boudreaux
title contains a word in a song they performed Road - "The Road to Travel"
The Road Leads Back 8/14/16

10. Jimi Hendrix was the last act to perform at the festival. Because of the rain delays that Sunday, when Hendrix finally took the stage it was 8:30 Monday morning. The audience, which had peaked at an estimated 400,000 during the festival, was now reduced to about 30,000 by that point; many of them merely waited to catch a glimpse of Hendrix before leaving during his performance. Hendrix and his new band, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows performed a two-hour set. His psychedelic rendition of the U.S. national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" occurred about 3⁄4 into their set (after which he segued into "Purple Haze"). The song would become "part of the sixties Zeitgeist" as it was captured forever in the Woodstock film; Hendrix's image performing this number wearing a blue-beaded white leather jacket with fringe and a red head scarf has since been regarded as a defining moment of the 1960s.
☔ Read a book by one of your favorite authors -or- read a book with either a jacket, a fringed item or a head ornament on the cover; image must be large enough to be seen on the thumbnail; post the cover -or- read a book with a war protester character. 
First Frost Sarah Addison Allen 8/11/16

11. Although the festival was remarkably peaceful given the number of people and the conditions involved, there were two recorded fatalities: one from what was believed to be a heroin overdose, and another caused in an accident when a tractor ran over an attendee sleeping in a nearby hayfield. There also were two births recorded at the event and four miscarriages. Yet, in tune with the idealistic hopes of the 1960s, Woodstock satisfied most attendees. There was a sense of social harmony, which, with the quality of music, and the overwhelming mass of people, many sporting bohemian dress, behavior, and attitudes helped to make it one of the enduring events of the century.
♫ Read a book with little to no violence in it -or- read a book that justifies the hype or the expectations you had -or- read a book that is marked as a classic on its main GR page. (bonus if you actually agree with its status). 
Unforgettable Melody Grace 8/6/16

12. For all the acts that did perform, there were some notable exceptions. Among them, Bob Dylan, in whose "backyard" the festival was held, was never in serious negotiation. Instead, Dylan signed in mid-July to play the Isle of Wight Festival of Music, on August 31. Dylan set sail for England on Queen Elizabeth 2 on August 15, the day the Woodstock Festival started. Dylan had been unhappy about the number of hippies piling up outside his house in the nearby town of Woodstock. The Doors were considered as a potential performing band but canceled at the last moment. According to guitarist Robby Krieger, they turned it down because they thought it would be a "second class repeat of Monterey Pop Festival" and later regretted that decision.
☔ Read a book set in England -or- read a book in which there is a “get off my lawn” kind of character -or- read a book which you added to your TBR on the 15th or 31st day of any month; tell us when you added it. 
Seeking Vengeance Abbie Zanders 8/23/16

13. Very few reporters outside the area were on the scene. National media reports were biased towards reporting the problems the festival faced, and only became positive days into the festival, after parents of concertgoers called in and mentioned that their reports were misleading. Barnard Collier, who reported from the event for The New York Times, asserts that he was pressured by on-duty editors at the paper to write a misleadingly negative article about the event. According to Collier, this led to acrimonious discussions and his threat to refuse to write the article until the paper's executive editor, James Reston, agreed to let him write the article as he saw fit. The eventual article dealt with issues of traffic jams and minor lawbreaking, but went on to emphasize cooperation, generosity, and the good nature of the festival goers. When the festival was over, Collier wrote another article about the exodus of fans from the festival site and the lack of violence at the event. The chief medical officer for the event and several local residents were quoted as praising the festival goers.
♫ Read a book with a journalist protagonist -or- read a book from your TBR that has received a negative rating from someone you trust, be it a blog or a GR friend -or- read a book whose main protagonist you would describe as good. 
Tangled Up in Blue J.D. Brick 8/3/16

14. The documentary film Woodstock, directed by Michael Wadleigh and edited by Thelma Schoonmaker and Martin Scorsese, was released in 1970. Artie Kornfeld went to Fred Weintraub, an executive at Warner Bros., and asked for money to film the festival. Artie had been turned down everywhere else, but against the express wishes of other Warner Bros. executives, Weintraub put his job on the line and gave Kornfeld $100,000 to make the film. Woodstock helped to save Warner Bros at a time when the company was on the verge of going out of business. The book Easy Riders, Raging Bulls details the making of the film. Woodstock received the Academy Award for Documentary Feature. The film has been deemed culturally significant by the United States Library of Congress.
Read a book which has been made into a successful movie -or- read a book in which a character makes a decision opposed by nearly everybody else -or- read a non-fiction book or a fiction book about true events. 
Return to Willow Lake Susan Wiggs 8/15/16

15. There was worldwide media interest in the 40th anniversary of Woodstock in 2009. A number of activities to commemorate the festival took place around the world. On August 15, at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts overlooking the original site, the largest assembly of Woodstock performing alumni since the original 1969 festival performed in an eight-hour concert in front of a sold-out crowd. Hosted by Country Joe McDonald, the concert featured Big Brother and the Holding Company performing Janis Joplin's hits, Canned Heat, Ten Years After, Jefferson Starship, Mountain, and the headliners, The Levon Helm Band. At Woodstock, Levon Helm played drums and was one of the lead vocalists with The Band. Paul Kantner was the only member of the 1969 Jefferson Airplane line-up to appear with Jefferson Starship. Tom Constanten, who played keyboard with the Grateful Dead at Woodstock, joined Jefferson Starship on stage for several numbers. Crosby, Stills & Nash and Arlo Guthrie also marked the anniversary with live performances at Bethel earlier in August 2009.
♫ Read a book that has been entirely set at least 40 years ago; mention the time period -or- read a sequel to a book not initially meant to be a series; like Doctor Sleep by Stephen King -or- read the 8th book of a series.
Marrying Daisy Bellamy Susan Wiggs 8/2/16

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❖ Graphic novels must be at least 300 pages long, but two books can be combined to make up the page count as long as they both meet the same criteria.

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WRC August 2016 Word Search

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads

August 2016 Word Search
August 1, 2016 - August 30, 2016

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Our August Word search is inspired by our July Group Read: Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah.

Important Rule: You CANNOT use this book when looking for the words. That would be just too easy.

Below is the list of words to find. They can only be found within the text of the book - no covers, titles or authors, please. For each word you find, provide the book title, page or location, and the sentence containing the word. You can use one book to find all the words, or as many as you like. 

Optional Words: You can choose to look for them or leave them off your's up to you. 

***If you don't find all the words this month, you are welcome to carry them over to next month's word search challenge.***

Apple Carolina Girl Virginia Kantra 8/1/16 p 136 Nuts or no nuts on the caramel apples?

Blanket Stranger at Plantation Inn Jennifer Blake 8/7/16 Loc 23 Lillian Newton shivered into her blanket and tucked her chin ..

Butterfly Hollywood Lights Lana Xavier 8/1/16 loc 71 But I could feel the butterflies in my stomach fluttering about as he continued to look my way.

Camera Hollywood Lights Lana Xavier 8/1/16 p. 64 ... my face as the camera turned and landed on Caleb, ...

Cruise Tangled Up in Blue J.D. Brick 8/3/16 Loc 216 It sure wasn’t difficult to let her see my eyes taking a cruise all over her body.

Fairy Tale Marrying Daisy Bellamy Susan Wiggs 8/2/16 p. 221 “In fairy tales. Disney cartoons.”

Freezer Until Friday Night Abbi Glines 8/8/16 p 43 I filled up the freezer and fridge.

Grief Marrying Daisy Bellamy Susan Wiggs 8/2/16 p. 149 If not for her son, she would have drowned in grief; at least he helped her tread water.

Knitting Marrying Daisy Bellamy Susan Wiggs 8/2/16 p. 76 ... to grow and develop,knitting them together.

Noodles Unforgettable Melody Grace 8/6/16 p 9 Dad shovels the last of his noodles into his mouth.

Organized Stranger at Plantation Inn Jennifer Blake 8/7/16 Loc 294 ...they regulated authority, organized a cadre of killers ...

Professor Marrying Daisy Bellamy Susan Wiggs 8/2/16 p. 44 His father, a professor at Tulane, had died when Julian was fourteen.

Research Carolina Girl Virginia Kantra 8/1/16 p 162 She was going to research the author, Lauren Somebody.

Tradition Carolina Girl Virginia Kantra 8/1/16 p 177 "A Dare Island tradition," Sam informed her.

Winter Stranger at Plantation Inn Jennifer Blake 8/7/16 Loc 1136 It was as black in the room as a fireplace after a hard winter, ...

Optional Words
Orchard Marrying Daisy Bellamy Susan Wiggs 8/2/16 p. 198 ... it was situated beside an orchard.

Peasant Strings of the Heart Katie Ashley 8/26/16 p 40 No standing in line with the other peasants.

Patriotic Idol Kristen Callihan 8/8/16 p 6 “That’s…patriotic.”

Telegram Always Enough Stacy Borel 8/6/16 p 13 I’d had flower deliveries, which made the place smell like a funeral home, singing telegrams, balloons, even an open-ended plane ticket.

Warehouse Marrying Daisy Bellamy Susan Wiggs 8/2/16 p. 132 With its busy docks and warehouses crammed with ordnance and bricks of cocaine, ... 

Friday, July 29, 2016

WRC August 2016 Read-a-Thon, August 1 - 7th

WACKY READING CHALLENGES discussion on goodreads

WRC August 2016 Read-a-Thon
Date: 08/01/16 - 08/07/16


It's almost time for another read-a-thon! A certain number of books, a set number of pages, target a specific reading challenge, or if you prefer, just log what you read - set your goal and read. Then come back and tell us about your progress.

During this read-a-thon be on the look out for:
(1) Book titles that begin with the letter 'A'
(2) Books published in August
(3) Books with a beach scene on the cover

Set a personal goal, or just log what you read. 

My List:
1. Carolina Girl Virginia Kantra 8/1/16 
2. Hollywood Lights Lana Xavier 8/1/16
3. Marrying Daisy Bellamy Susan Wiggs 8/2/16 
4. Harmony Addison Jane 8/3/16
5. Tangled Up in Blue J.D. Brick 8/3/16
6. Don't Let Go Jaci Burton 8/4/16
7. Unafraid Melody Grace 8/4/16 published in August
8. Unwrapped Melody Grace 8/5/16 

9. Unconditional (Beachwood Bay, #3) by Melody Grace  Unconditional Melody Grace 8/5/16
10. Unrequited (Beachwood Bay, #3.5) by Melody Grace Unrequited Melody Grace 8/5/16
11. Uninhibited (Beachwood Bay, #4) by Melody Grace Uninhibited Melody Grace 8/5/16
12. Unstoppable (Beachwood Bay, #5) by Melody Grace Unstoppable Melody Grace 8/5/16
13. Unexpectedly Yours Melody Grace 8/5/16
14. Unwritten Melody Grace 8/6/16

15. Unforgettable (Beachwood Bay, #8) by Melody Grace Unforgettable Melody Grace 8/6/16
16. Ever Enough Stacy Borel 8/6/16 
17. Always Enough Stacy Borel 8/6/16 titles that begin with the letter 'A'
18. Game On Cheryl Douglas 8/7/16 
19. Get A Clue Jill Shalvis 8/7/16 
20. Strike Out Cheryl Douglas 8/7/16
21. Stranger at Plantation Inn Jennifer Blake 8/7/16