When Elliot Tiber, 74, heard in 1969 that organizers of a music festival needed a place to hold it, he invited them to consider his family's motel in upstate New York. The offer led to the meeting between farmer Max Yasgur and producers of the Woodstock Festival. The rest is American history. Tiber's 2007 memoir, Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert, and a Life, is the source for the movie Taking Woodstock, directed by Oscar winner Ang Lee and in theaters Aug. 28.
What is on your nightstand?
Joan and Lydia Wilen's Bottom Line's Household Magic. It's got all these money-saving and time-saving solutions. . . . The other book is Lust, Caution, an Ang Lee project. It was good but everyone dies in the end, which is what happens in Ang Lee's work.
Except for yours.
Do you like Taking Woodstock?
It's beautiful. It's an intimate portrayal of a dream come true. No car crashes. It's about peace, love music and dreams.
At Woodstock, who do you think was the best poet of the bunch?
Richie Havens. And that's because of Freedom. It became my mantra. Woodstock gave me personal freedom as well as a civilized world.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer