Thursday Book Review: “The Last Great Event”

This week’s featured book is a rock history title from Medina PublishingThe Last Great Event by Ray Foulk and Caroline Foulk is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the last Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, the Who, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Procul Harem, the Doors, Leonard Cohen, the Moody Blues, and many more starts performed at the record-breaking music festival. Keep reading to see what reviews have said about The Last Great Event

Ray Connolly reviews The Last Great Event

Ray Connolly | MailOnline

“As Ray Foulk outlines in this second volume of his Isle of Wight pop festival saga, the battle to avoid assorted imminent disasters went on day by day. It can’t have been much fun for him at the time, but the way he relates it, in extraordinary detail, reads almost like an outline for a situation comedy.”

“If you were one of the half a million music fans who made their way like raggle-taggle gypsies to the Isle of Wight in 1970, you will absolutely love this backstage look at a great moment in rock history.”

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The Last Great Event

Claire Palmer | International Times

“It also skilfully weaves in the political landscape at the time throughout the book: the counterculture, the anarchy, the civil rights movement, CND and other humanitarian and anti-war campaigns, making this book far more than just  music memorabilia…”

“To conclude, it’s a great book, highly recommended, and it’s real triumph is that by the end of it, you don’t just wish you were there. You feel as if you actually were.”

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Book Review: When the World Came to the Isle of Wight, Volume 2: The Last Great Event

Drew | Rock and Roll Chemist

“One of the best books I’ve ever read was Stealing Dylan From Woodstock, by Ray Foulk [the prequel to The Last Great Event], who was one of the organizers for all three original Isle of Wight Festivals”

“Ray Foulk goes to great lengths to set the record straight about how the festival was actually run, what occurred during it, and the fallout of its aftermath.”

“The Last Great Event is considerably longer than the first volume but I found it just as fascinating and hard to put down as that book.”

“It’s a time capsule of a fantastic, unique, and magical moment in time, as told by one of the men who was there in the middle of it all and who helped make it happen. It’s a detailed, fascinating, truthful, and revealing historical look at the last of the original Isle of Wight Festivals, as well as a look at the effects and impact it had both in its immediate aftermath as well as decades down the road…an impact which is still being felt to this very day.”

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About the Book

9781909339583The Isle of Wight Festival in 1969 famously “stole Bob Dylan from Woodstock” and was the starting point and benchmark for all rock and pop festivals in the UK. What followed in 1970 was one of the world’s greatest music gatherings of all time, attracting musicians and fans from across the whole music spectrum. The list of performers is a Who’s Who of the then music elite, who are now legends: Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, the Who, Joan Baez, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Procul Harem, the Doors, Leonard Cohen, the Moody Blues, Emerson Lake and Palmer – the list goes on. This was Britain’s “Woodstock” and all on a tiny island off the south coast. It would also be Hendrix’s last major performance – 17 days later he was dead. But the organization of such a huge happening was inevitably far from plain sailing. It proved to be a roller coaster ride for the intrepid young Foulk brothers who navigated its course through a year of relentless political buffeting from local reactionary opponents and then from extremist counterculture militants who thought that they would prefer a free festival. Just as Island opponents were busily sabotaging the festival site and issuing death-threats, so too an unsavory cabal of radicals arrived from London under the banner of the White Panthers, intent upon undermining the event. For the first time, Ray Foulk, joint organizer, gives his own full, frank and authoritative account, delving into pivotal texts from all sides of the divide. Many remember this festival as a magical, life-changing experience, encapsulating the sixties trip of sex, drugs, rock’n’roll and a political yearning for a better world. But for the others, a question looms large over history: did this final festival precipitate the end of the dream of an alternative society, or did it reflect the changes already taking place? This most controversial of the festivals was aptly promoted by the Foulk brothers as “The Last Great Event”.

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