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"Pied Piper of Woodstock" to visit Bristol Public Library

January 11, 2011

Artie Kornfeld, the music industry veteran who is best known as the creator of the historic Woodstock rock festival of 1969, will be at the Bristol Public Library on Jan. 18, 2011, at 7 p.m., to talk about his recently-published memoir, “The Pied Piper of Woodstock.”

The event will be held in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room. Copies of Kornfeld’s book can be purchased at the event, and the author will be available for autographs.

A music industry executive, it was Kornfeld’s interest in using music as a force for peace and positive change that led him to pursue a vision of bringing people together at a rock festival. Kornfeld’s memoir offers a rare look at what it took to pull off an event of this scope and magnitude, one that has had an enduring impact on cultural history.

A professional musician from a young age, Kornfeld took to songwriting in the early 1960’s and wrote a considerable number of hit songs. In 1967, at the age of 25, Kornfeld was named vice president for rock music at Capitol Records, the first time a major label had designated an executive for the genre. While at Capitol, Kornfeld helped shape the careers of, among many others, The Beatles, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Seger, Lou Rawls, and The Band.

For questions about this event, please call (276) 645-8780 or visit our website for new information daily at www.bristol-library.org.