For the completist
Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World (Sterling, $35), edited by Mike Evans and Paul Kingsbury, with a foreword by Martin Scorsese, was published in association with the Museum at Bethel Woods, a.k.a. the Woodstock Museum. The editors used its archives, media coverage and new interviews with organizers, performers and others to put together this sprawling account, packed with great photos, surprising recollections (Neil Young and Pete Townshend hated performing at Woodstock) and useful historical context.
For the giggles
The Woodstock Story Book: A Chronologically and Anatomically Correct Illustrated Tale for Post-Woodstock Generations (Channel Photographics, $35) by Linanne G. Sackett and Barry Z. Levine, with a foreword by Wavy Gravy, combines scads of photos by Levine, who was the still photographer for the Woodstock documentary film, with Sackett's funny rhymed recounting of the event. It almost sounds like a children's book — although there are way too many naked people in the photos for it to really be one.
For the grandkids
Max Said Yes! The Woodstock Story (Change the Universe Press, $17.95) by Abigail Yasgur, Joseph Lipner and Barbara Mendes is the lushly illustrated story of Woodstock told in rhyme for kids ages 4 to 8; one co-author, Abigail Yasgur, is the granddaughter of the dairy farmer whose land was the concert site.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor