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Monday, May 18, 2015

NEW YORK CITY GETS READY FOR DAVID LETTERMAN EXIT

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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George Clooney




LETTERMAN’S EXIT --- This Wednesday will be David Letterman‘s final show. Let me just say that his past two weeks of shows have been nothing short of phenomenal . . . amazing, to be sure. With guests like Tom Waits, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Bill Clinton, Adam Sandler, Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Bruce Willis, Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Ray Romano, a frail-looking Don Rickles (though funny as ever), and just a sterling moment and deep-hearted performance from Norm MacDonald. Suffice to say that Dave’s exit is going to be an immense moment in TV lore.



Nothing against the Jimmys, but Dave had the gravitas and grace to do it all. His last two musical guests will be Bob Dylan tomorrow and Eddie Vedder with his still-going-strong group Pearl Jam on Wednesday. Dave’s final guest will be the man who has always been his first: Bill Murray. I am going to miss Letterman big-time.



That’s right, folks: We’re losing Mad Men and Letterman in one fell swoop.



PITCH ON --- The Barden Bellas are back . . . and back with a vengeance. Pitch Perfect 2 is officially the biggest movie-musical opening ever, making more in its debut weekend than the first movie earned in its entire theatrical run. Debuting to an estimated $70.3 million, Pitch Perfect 2 has surpassed High School Musical 3 to become the biggest movie-musical opening of all time. That’s well above the first Pitch Perfect’s entire theatrical total of $65 million. This isn't unheard of (Mike Meyers’ The Spy Who Shagged Me also opened to more than the first Austin Powers film made during its entire theatrical run), but it’s still pretty rare—and it’s a testament to just how popular Pitch Perfect has become since the first one left theaters.



Pitch Perfect 2 wasn't the only big opening this weekend. Mad Max: Fury Road debuted in second place. This R-rated, post-apocalyptic tale has earned rave reviews. And while it wasn't expected to break any box-office records, it still brought in a solid $44.4 million.



WOODSTOCK TIME --- I had thought that the acclaimed new memoir from Elliot Tiber, After Woodstock, was going to be all I heard about this summer in reference to the great 1969 Woodstock concert. But while I was dialing through my TV stations yesterday, I came upon an infomercial for Time/Life‘s new release, The Woodstock Collection: a 10-CD set, featuring the songs from the Woodstock festival including classics from Santana, Canned Heat, and The Youngbloods among many others.



The commercial asks the listener if, at just 74 cents a song, the viewers can live without it. It was hosted by Tommy James (and filmed on-location at the sprawling Museum at Bethel Woods, now in its seventh year of operation and built on the sacred “Yasgur’s Farm” land where the 1969 concert took place). In the spot, James admits freely that he was invited to play Woodstock but passed as he was vacationing in Hawaii. Whether or not one should truly take that at face value, it was still an amazing spot!



TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS --- George Clooney’s new movie, Tomorrowland (the one movie I was greatly anticipating this summer), has gotten its first two reviews—and both just slammed the picture, calling the Brad Bird-directed epic forced and not all that entertaining. I'll still see it, but these reviews were definitely not expected. After Clooney’s lackluster Monuments Men movie, this can’t be welcome news by any means.



CLOSING NOTES --- “I am extremely excited to have the re-launch of RFC Records with the release of Lenny Fontana featuring D Train—'Raise Your Hands.’ The reaction from the DJs has been great and it feels real good to be working with Lenny on this project and the iconic recording artist James ‘D Train’ Williams.” This from RFC ‘s Ray Caviano who, in the 1980s, launched RFC Records in tandem with Warner Brothers to much acclaim. Caviano was given six million dollars from Warners back then to start, literally, the first major-label dance label. They brought out terrific records from the likes of Gino Soccio, Change (featuring the late Luther Vandross), and Janice McClain. It ran for years, and then fell by the wayside. Good to have him back . . .



We really wanted to review and talk to the legendary Boz Scaggs (for his new album, A Fool to Care), but his PR rep—Kurt Nishimura at 825 Records—never followed through with us. We did a major interview with Boz last time, but guess we weren't all that important this time around. Same thing with Ringo’s PR person, Elizabeth Freund. Wonder if the artists themselves know we were definitely dissed. Sad, as the artists pay for everything . . .



Monkees vocalist Micky Dolenz returns Thursday to LATTC (Los Angeles Trade and Technical College) in Los Angeles, where he studied Architecture for a while right before The Monkees‘ TV show audition happened and everything changed for him. Says Dolenz, “My parents wanted me to have something to fall back on . . . just in case.” Fortunately for all of us, that never happened . . .



Our final post on Mad Men will be up on Wednesday. Still letting all of it sink in . . .



Friday, March 13, 2015

AFTER WOODSTOCK: TRUE STORY OF A BELGIAN MOVIE

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Elliot Tiber




EYE OF THE TIBER --- When Elliot Tiber’s Taking Woodstock came out in 2007, his true and often wildly ribald story of how the famed 1969 Woodstock festival literally landed in the backyard of his parents’ rundown shambles of a Catskills motel rocked and shocked readers everywhere -- including, of all people, two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee, who went on to make a terrific movie adapted from the book. 



Sure, the film was toned down a bit from Tiber's fiercely absurdest and proudly gay source material, but Lee's vision of Tiber's story made for a stunning picture -- from the actors, including comedy-improv legend Eugene Levy's spot-on performance as the great farmer Max Yasgur and the remarkable Liev Schrieber as a former-Marine transvestite in his second Woodstock-themed films to date (the first being the Dustin Hoffman-produced 1999 drama A Walk on the Moon), to the terrific original soundtrack from Danny Elfman alongside great late 60’s songs from Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Jefferson Airplane; Blind Faith; The Doors; and (as crucial background music during the film's legendary "acid trip" sequence), the deep track of Love's "The Red Telephone" playing on the 8-track player (!!!) in a trippin' VW van.



Though the movie was strictly art-house as opposed to big box-office upon its release in late August 1999, it continues to win over devotees young and old each year since its release (as has Tiber's memoir itself).



Tiber followed his first memoir published (via Square One) with a "prequel" memoir of sorts called Palm Trees on the Hudson. And next month will see the release of a brand-new book from Tiber entitled After Woodstock: The True Story of a Belgian Movie, an Israeli Wedding, and a Manhattan Breakdown. 



This new book's subtitle alone guarantees that Tiber has more than his fair share of other stories to share "after" Woodstock (and Ang Lee's enthusiastic Foreword in the new book all but assures everyone that Tiber's newest might just be his most important and heartfelt work by a long shot). 



I got to know Tiber, one of the more unpredictable geniuses in our midst over the past years, fairly well as Taking Woodstock exploded on to the scene back in '07. All indications (judging from the great pre-pub reviews and excellent word of mouth on the new book) are that Tiber, who turns 80 years young on April 15, proves the remarkable exception to F. Scott Fitzgerald's last-century musing that there are no second acts in American life.



FASHION FREAK --- For the second time in two weeks, a co-host is exiting the E! snark show. Kathy Griffin announced via Twitter last evening that she is exiting Fashion Police after just seven episodes. “I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on,” the outspoken comedian wrote.



The replacement rumor mill, shifting into high gear, had already coughed up such names as Khloe Kardashian, NeNe Leakes and Naya Rivera when Kelly Osbourne left last month, but E! is keeping mum about the slot thus far.



“We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!’s Fashion Police,” an E! said today. “We wish her all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all. Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Monday, March 30 at 9 pm with our talented Co-Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski and Executive Producer Melissa Rivers.”



Osbourne walked away from her co-hosting perch of five years on February 27. Her departure followed her outrage at comments made by fellow FP-er Giulana Rancic’s about the dreadlocks Zendaya Coleman was sporting at the Oscars last month. Rancic later apologized or her remarks, which Osbourne seemed to accept, but she left soon afterward anyway. With Osbourne and now Griffin gone, the ratings-struggling FP is down to just the duo of Rancic and Goreski.



So much drama … seems more in tune with The View. I predict FP will be gone girl … in a flash.



BLURRED FOR SURE --- Much has been made and said of this past Tuesday’s trial, when a federal jury in Los Angeles concluded that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, the performer and primary songwriter-producer of the 2013 pop hit “Blurred Lines,” committed copyright infringement by using elements of the 1977 Marvin Gaye song “Got To Give It Up” in their composition without proper credit. 



The jury awarded Mr. Gaye’s family approximately $7.3 million, a combination of profits from the song and damages. That’s an attention-getting amount of money, but the verdict itself is far more damning.



The two had said that they wanted to capture the vibe of Gaye’s song. 



And, can you really copyright notes?



PR-pasha David Salidor said, “Williams said that it sets a bad precedent for the music industry ... and, I’m inclined to agree. Labels will be more hesitant to release music that sounds like something already out … and, that’s a bad thing. Writers will second guess themselves and I know first-hand, that’s always a dicey proposition.”



Williams said during the trial, “The two songs are like silk and rayon. Two completely different fabrics with the same feel. If this verdict is upheld, the creator of rayon better prepare for the infringement claims from the owner of silk.” 



He continued, "It is also troublesome that the jury was not permitted to learn that the Gaye’s consulted with at least two prominent musicologists who declined to give an opinion that the songs were substantially similar before finding musicologist Judith Finell to provide the opinion they needed."



There also appears to be much information that the jury never heard. All in all, a mess. 



To me, the songs, while sharing a similar vibe … do NOT sound alike.



I predict a swift settlement for the Gaye’s , as if another trail looms, the result could be a largely reduced amount.



CLOSING NOTES --- Jimmy Greenspoon, the keyboardist for rock band Three Dog Night, has died. He was 67. Greenspoon's agent, Chris Burke, said he died Wednesday of cancer at his home in North Potomac, Maryland, surrounded by his family.



The keyboardist joined the rock band in 1968 and had been working with them until last October, when he took a medical leave of absence to pursue treatment for metastatic melanoma.



"He was like a brother to me," Three Dog Night co-founder and vocalist Danny Hutton said in a statement. "I knew him since he was just a teenager, and he was my oldest friend in the band. Also, Jimmy was a critical part of our early history, bringing a sound to the band that helped develop our style; he left an indelible mark."



The group is best known for its 1960’s and 1970’s hits "Joy to the World," ''Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" and "Black and White." 



"I will be forever shattered by his death," band co-founder and vocalist Cory Wells said. "Jimmy cared so much about excellence in the music and always made sure we had what we needed on stage and in the recording studio. I was amazed by his photographic memory, his love for music."



Author Mark Bego, who wrote the 1991 book One Is The Loneliest Number, said: “Jimmy Greenspoon was one of the most upbeat, talented, energetic, and positive thinking people I have ever met. I had the rare privilege of writing his autobiography with him. Along the way, we became close friends. He came to New York City in the late 1980’s, and together we plotted to tell his wild roller coaster ride to the top of the rock world, his descent into the depths of drug abuse, and his dramatic stint with rehabilitation. We hit it off immediately, and we plotted to write what we thought was the ultimate rock & roll autobiography” ...



NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman is leaving the network after the brouhaha over her Ebola-escapade. Guess newly re-installed Andrew Lack is indeed cleaning house ... and, I think that's a good thing. Wonder where the Brian Williams imbroglio stands now? ...



We'll talk about the new Madonna album (Rebel Heart) next time; but, from what I've heard from it ... I am really loving it. Especially “Ghosttown,”which will be the next single from the album ...



Spring break has arrived ... be back in 10 days ...


Photo Courtesy Of: Elliot Tiber/Calvin Ki

Monday, August 18, 2014

GENE SIMMONS IS A CLASS ACT AND HONORABLE MAN

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

Story By: G. H. HARDING
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Elliot Tiber




WOODSTOCK AT 45 --- Forty-five years ago this summer on August 15, 1969, Elliot Tiber found his own life's freedom just as the late folk singer Richie Havens sang his improvised song "Freedom" from the stage at the Woodstock Festival.



As writer of the acclaimed book Taking Woodstock (made by two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee into a major motion picture released five years ago in the summer of 2009) and its prequel Palm Trees on the Hudson, Tiber has had much to share with audiences about all the amazing things that happened to him both before and during that weird and wild and wonderful time in August 1969 that gave birth to Woodstock Nation.

 

In terms of what happened to Elliot after Woodstock, that question will soon be answered in detail with the forthcoming publication of Tiber's third and final memoir titled After Woodstock: The True Story of a Belgian Movie, an Israeli Wedding, and a Manhattan Breakdown.



As his upcoming book's subtitle indicates, Tiber’s years after that legendary 1969 concert took him to various places around the globe with the comfort and support of the late Belgian film/theater director and actor Andre Ernotte. The story of their loving relationship, spanning nearly 30 years of incredible highs and lows (especially the first years of the AIDS crisis in the 1980’s and early 1990’s), just goes to show how cherished and magical a gift one's freedom in life truly can be.



With both the one-year anniversary of Richie Havens' passing this past April 22 (Earth Day), and the 45th anniversary this summer of the original 1969 Woodstock Arts & Music Festival (Aug. 15 - 18), Tiber remains as one of the few who were actually there.



Recognized as a true gay-rights pioneer by The New York Times, Tiber's life story will soon stand as an outspoken and serio-comic-trilogy of three separate books once his newest and final memoir, After Woodstock, is published by next month.



Reflecting for a moment on the music of the three-day festival; it’s interesting to note which bands have actually remained to this day; with Santana (who performed on Saturday) and The Who (Saturday as well and had the longest set) certainly topping the list. Much missed acts include Janis Joplin; John B. Sebastian; Canned Heat; and, Jimi Hendrix (who closed the show).



Looking at the performers list, it’s hard to believe Blood, Sweat & Tears, Ten Years After (Alvin Lee) and, Sha-Na-Na performed as well.




In many ways, Woodstock certainly paved the way for the live-events of today; including Lollapalooza, Coachchella and even SXSW.



If you haven't seen the Ang Lee –movie, you should, as it pretty well encapsulates the feelings and music of those halcyon days. I got to know Tiber when the first book came out and he’s the real deal; the movie version subtly changed certain parts of the book (less of Tiber’s personal transformation, more on the event) but, the filmmaker did an outstanding job. The movie wasn't the huge hit that everyone was counting on, but remains a vivid and accurate document of those days. I recommend it very highly.


Class Act Gene Simmons




KISS OFF --- Gene Simmons of Kiss is in damage control after making obscene comments about depression in an interview and has canceled his Twitter account after backlash from the statement.



In an interview with songfacts.com published on July 31 Simmons said, "I don't get along with anybody who’s a drug addict and has a dark cloud over their head and sees themselves as a victim. Drug addicts and alcoholics are always: ‘The world is a harsh place.’ My mother was in a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. I don't want to hear fuck all about ‘the world as a harsh place.’ She gets up every day, smells the roses and loves life. And for a putz, 20-year-old kid to say, ‘I'm depressed, I live in Seattle.’ Fuck you, then kill yourself."




He added, "I always call them on their bluff. I'm the guy who says ‘Jump!’ when there’s a guy on top of a building who says, ‘That’s it, I can't take it anymore, I'm going to jump.’ Are you kidding? Why are you announcing it? Shut the fuck up, have some dignity and jump! You've got the crowd."



The comments have outraged people all over the world, especially following the news of the death of Robin Williams.



Mike Fitzpatrick, Content Director of Australia's Triple M, has pulled Kiss from the network’s national play list. In a statement Fitzpatrick said, "Gene Simmons’ recent comments are misguided and insensitive. Depression and Suicide are not topics he should be using to further his notoriety or sell records. His desperation to use mental health issues to find relevancy in a modern age is sickening. I can only put it down to a brain fade on his part. The Triple M Network can't and won't be playing or supporting this dickhead’s music. I put the challenge out to other stations across Australia and North America to also drop any of this nudnik’s songs until such time as he reconsiders his thoughtless and insensitive position."



Simmons has removed his Twitter account and posted the following statement at the official Kiss website:



“I want to make this statement about my views on depression for the record and to clarify my prior remarks.



To the extent my comments reported by the media speak of depression, I was wrong and in the spur of the moment made remarks that in hindsight were made without regard for those who truly suffer the struggles of depression. I sincerely apologize to those who were offended by my comments. I recognize that depression is very serious and very sad when it happens to anyone, especially loved ones. I deeply support and am empathetic to anyone suffering from any disease, especially depression.



I have never sugarcoated my feelings regarding drug use and alcoholics. Somewhere along the line, my intention of speaking in very directly and perhaps politically incorrectly about drug use and alcoholics has been misconstrued as vile commentary on depression. Unkind statements about depression was certainly never my intention. Fully, you will know that and I do not intend to defend myself here and now, by listing the myriad charities and self-help organizations I am involved with. Rather, I simply want to be clear that my heart goes out to anyone suffering from depression and I deeply regret any offhand remarks in the heat of an interview that might have suggested otherwise.”



JAMES EDSTROM'S EDITORS NOTE: Since I do not write this Column, I had to add a little note. I met Gene Simmons several years ago with cover girl Cyndi Guyer at restaurant Laga Lu in New York City. As I sat down with them, I never met a more nice human being than Gene Simmons. The guy is a class act all the way. I can only say whatever the quote was, we all say things in the heat of the moment that we wish we never said. I can not tell you how many TV interviews I have done and after I think why did I say that. Interviews are tough and sometimes you happen to say the wrong thing. 


I suffer from depression and money problems just like anyone else. I am trying to raise a abused homeless kid who I took off the streets of Times Square. I do without so he will have. It is not easy. So depression hits me from time to time and it is crippling. I worry every day about getting my kid the things he needs and the love he never had. 


But one thing I know is, I am a very good judge of character and Gene Simmons is a good and honorable man. Enough said!



LENNOX RETURNS --- Vinyl lovers will get to hear Annie Lennox's new album first, which is fitting for an album she calls Nostalgia.



Nostalgia, which Blue Note/Capitol will release Sept. 30 on vinyl and Oct. 21 in other formats, features the former Eurythmics singer's take on such classics as “Georgia on My Mind,” “Summertime” and “You Belong to Me.”



As Lennox approached the songs, penned by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael, Billie Holiday, George Gershwin and Duke Ellington, she tells Billboard, "I was just curious, I thought, 'I wonder what my voice would be like. Would these songs suit my voice?'



"It was like a little challenge. I just sort of got to know them, became friends with them really and had a great deal of joy in the process."



Lennox, 59, previewed the Mike Stevens-produced album last Tuesday at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery.




In 1995, Lennox released an album of modern covers, Medusa. Her most recent album was a 2010 holiday set titled A Christmas Cornucopia.



CLOSING NOTES --- Don Was took home an Emmy on Saturday night at the Creative Arts Awards. The show, held one week before the formal Emmy telecast, presents the awards for all categories that will not be part of the main show.



Was won for Music Direction for the CBS special The Beatles: The Night That Changed America, a special that aired on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show and including performances of Fab Four songs by classic and contemporary artists.



Was, born Don Fagenson, formed the group Was (Not Was) in 1979 with childhood friend David Weiss. They hit their commercial peak in 1987 and 1988 with the album What Up, Dog? and the number 7 hit Walk the Dinosaur. They also had a number of Club hits including the number 1 Club song “Spy in the House of Love.”



Don went on to be a highly in demand producer and band leader for the likes of Bonnie Raitt (Nick of Time), the B-52's (Cosmic Thing), Bob Dylan (Under the Red Sky), the Rolling Stones (Voodoo Lounge), Hootie & the Blowfish and many others ...



Also, big winners at the fete were Jimmy Fallon; HBO’s True Detective; Saturday Night Live; Game of Thrones; and Harry Shearer, finally for his voice-over work on The Simpsons. The big show is set for this Sunday …



From Deadline: “David Gregory didn't get to say, ‘So long’, to Meet the Press viewers yesterday — his bosses at NBC News gave him the heave-ho Thursday, effective immediately, after two decades at the division, because his Sunday Beltway show was not doing as well in the ratings as competitors at ABC and CBS. Minutes after Gregory tweeted that he was out, NBC News announced that he would be replaced by Chuck Todd in September.




“As you may be aware, David Gregory’s final show as moderator of Meet the Press was last Sunday,” Gregory fill-in Andrea Mitchell announced near the close of the broadcast, sounding like she was launching into an In Memoriam segment. We expected to see dates flash on screen.




“Meet the Press makes a lot of history, and a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December, 2008,” Mitchell continued, as NBC’s tone-deaf handling of the situation unfolded to the show’s viewers.




Clips of news-making interviews followed, including the one in 2012 where Gregory got Vice President Joe Biden to publicly embrace gay marriage, making headlines everywhere and leading the way for President Obama to endorse same-sex marriage days later. In thanks for which, on Thursday, NBC News hustled Gregory out the door so as to not have him around this sleepy mid-August morning. This after dragging its feet for weeks, while dismissing press reports that Gregory was on the outs as ludicrous and insulting.




“Before taking the Meet the Press chair, David had a stellar eight years covering presidential politics at the White House for NBC News,” Mitchell continued to prattle.




“In 20 years with NBC News, David has done it all — the OJ Simpson trial, Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, Today show guest-hosting and, when the cameras weren't rolling, dead-on imitations of everyone from the President of the United States to Tom Brokaw. Through all the years, David has been true to the traditions of this program and NBC News,” she said of the man who was bounced out the door three days earlier like an argumentative drunk.




“On Thursday, David tweeted,” Mitchell noted, then read his classy tweets, which had ended with: “to the viewers, I say ‘thank you’.” Which Gregory was not allowed to say on NBC. Good thing Mitchell was around to say it for him.”




Pundits have said the 4 million that NBC paid him will ease the tension; me, I think it was just rude.




Wednesday, February 27, 2013

BRETT WINTERBLE INTERVIEWS ELLIOT TIBER

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ON THE RADIO
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Elliot Tiber




XM’s Brett Winterble interviews Taking Woodstock author Elliot Tiber tonight (at 10:00 PM PT-channel 166) and got him to reveal for the first time, that a third and final tome on Woodstock, penned by him, will be released in the summer … titled After Woodstock (via Square One Publishing).


Winterble, who called the Woodstock event a “touchstone of our generation,” at one point, asked him what memory remained with him the most from the legendary event in 1969. Tiber replied, “Richie Havens’ performance of ‘Freedom’ – it was what we wanted, we fought for, and though it didn’t happen right away, is finally starting to come true. Don't forget - the event was peace, love and music.”


Tiber also talked about his new book out this week called, Palm Trees On The Hudson, which is about his life in New York and his association with Judy Garland. “I had put together a show for a very famous judge … and, the talent was Garland. She gave me some advice then that I have never forgotten. Meeting one of my idols was amazing indeed.”


Photo Courtesy of: David Salidor

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

WOODSTOCK IS ALIVE WITH ELLIOT TIBER

Robert Funaro with Steve Walter, Elliot Tiber and Joe Franklin

Today is the 38th Anniversary of WOODSTOCK; the three-day festival of Peace and Love in 1969. Last night, at STEVE WALTER's CUTTING ROOM in Chelsea, author ELLIOT TIBER launched his new book TAKING WOODSTOCK; his first hand account of his life and role in the festival. He introduced MAX YASGUR to MICHAEL LANG, and was able to secure the necessary permits that enabled the music festival to go on. Tiber's parents owned the local El Monaco Hotel in Bethel, New York, and he soon found himself on the Chamber of Commerce ... which granted him his extraordinary access as well as putting him at the center of the history-changing event. Tiber also lived a closeted-gay life, journeying to New York on his weekends and dabbling with the likes of ROCK HUDSON; TRUMAN CAPOTE; and, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, and, immersing himself in the burgeoning gay movement in NY, which culminated in his appearance at the Stonewall riots. With the band MOSTLY MOPTOP playing a dizzying array of classic-rock hits (the band's ANTHONY POMES doubles as the marketing-man for SQUARE ONE PUBLISHERS, who released the book), the dressed-for-the-festival crowd grew to maximum proportions. ROBERT FUNARO ('Eugene' on The Sopranos) showed, as did singer/songwriter LARRY STEVENS (whose new CD HEART OF THE FIGHTER is just out); former-FANTASTICKS-producer TONY NOTO; RUDY SHUR, the CEO of SQUARE ONE PUBLIHSING; BOBBY BANK, from WireImage; CHARLIE RUPPMAN, from The Daily News; and, the legendary JOE FRANKLIN, who, with JAMES EDSTROM of TIMES SQUARE GOSSIP, introduced Tiber and choose the 3-best outfits. Even Walter (and, PR-poobah DAVID SALIDOR, who put the event together), with The Cutting Room staff (including the extraordinary SUSAN HATHAWAY and PETE ABRAHAM) dressed up. A proper salute indeed for an extraordinary moment in time.
Supermodel Chloe with David Salidor

Taking Woodstock's Elliot Tiber and Rudy Shur

Photos By: James Edstrom

Friday, July 27, 2007

PALM WEST HOSTS WOODSTOCK LEGEND

Chris Gilman and Elliot Tiber
Photo By: James Edstrom
TAKING WOODSTOCK's ELLIOT TIBER held court at NY's PALM WEST Thursday night, with Times Square Gossip(and pr-powerhouse DAVID SALIDOR), talking about his forthcoming launch party at Steve Walter's Cutting Room on Tuesday, August 14. Tiber's book, released by Square One Publishers, candidly details the efforts Tiber took to make the Woodstock festival happen. "I ran a hotel with my parents in White Lake, NY, the El Monaco, befriended Max Yasgur ... and, when the permit required to hold the festival fell through, I secured the proper notification, as I was on the Bethel Chamber of Commerce ... and, it went off."
All along, Tiber was living a closeted-gay-lifestyle; going into New York on the weekends and befriending people like Rock Hudson, Robert Mapplethorpe, artist Mark Rothko; and, Tennessee Williams. Tiber gradated from Hunter College with honors and slowly became enveloped in the burgeoning gay-lifestyle in NY. Then on June 28, Tiber walked into the Stonewall Inn, and witnessed first hand the riot that would galvanize the American gay movement. "It was something to see ... American-spirit in the best sense of the word and everyone at the Inn came together like never before. We were bonded ... forever!" The book is a compelling historical read on the event that changed everything. Engaging several passersbys outside the Palm West, Tiber did a quick market-research of the effects of Woodstock ... as he asked two young people about it, and they knew about, but only had limited knowledge. "If I didn't do it ... you'd probably be dressed somewhat differently," he said. Though he comments he'd like to be known as the gay man that made Woodstock happen ... he does realize the everlasting effects of the 1969 event and reflects on his life since. "I've done several plays, written several books, but this one, I think is the one that ties it all together. Everything I ever wanted to say bout Woodstock is here." Times Square Gossip is co-hosting the event at The Cutting Room, and, will be followed up with another event at Palm West.

Friday, June 29, 2007

WOODSTOCK TO THE 'CUTTING ROOM'

Richie Havens with Elliot Tiber

During the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, there were a series of violent conflicts between the New York City Police and groups of gay and transgender people in New York City. The conflict lasted several days and was a watershed for the worldwide gay rights movement, as gay people had never before acted in such large numbers to forcibly resist police. ELLIOT TIBER, who's parents ran a small inn near Woodstock, was there and chronicles many of his thoughts in his new book TAKING WOODSTOCK (Square One Publishers), as well as his heroic efforts in making the Woodstock festival happen. Tiber lived by day working at his parents inn and by night, in new York City, a closeted gay existence. He came in contact with the likes of TRUMAN CAPOTE, ROCK HUDSON and, ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE. Says Tiber, "Stonewall was a life changing experience ... we all knew it the moment. I was the first to overturn a police car ... an amazing episode." Tiber adds that the entire moment is perhaps best chronicled in THE HIPPIES, currently running on the History Channel. Now, with the release of his book, The Cutting Room will host, on Tuesday, August 14, a launch party. PR-pasha DAVID SALIDOR, who is coordinating the event and Times Square Gossip will co-host. "Everyone will come dressed as if they were going to Woodstock ... the media too!"

Sunday, June 10, 2007

THE REAL STORY ON 'TAKING WOODSTOCK'

L-R: Steve Porpora, Verde Press, Anthony Pomes, Square One, author ELLIOT TIBER, Square One publisher RUDY SHUR, unidentified guest, and, consultant DAVID SALIDOR.

A new book, TAKING WOODSTOCK (Square One Publishers), coming out in August will literally blow the lid off the Woodstock-generation with an in depth behind-the-scenes story of how author ELLIOT TIBER rescued the original Woodstock Festival cancellation. Elliot, who owned along with his parents an upstate New York motel, was working in Greenwich Village in the summer of 1969. He socialized with the likes of TRUMAN CAPOTE, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, and photographer ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE, and yet somehow managed to keep his gay life a secret from his family and his community. Then on Friday, June 28, Elliot walked into the Stonewall Inn - and witnessed a riot that would galvanize the American gay movement and enable him to take stock of his own lifestyle. Then, on July 15, when Elliot learned that the Woodstock Concert promoters were unable to stage their proposed show in Wallkill -a town near the motel he ran- he offered them a new venue. Soon he was swept up in a vortex of social change that would change his life forever.TAKING WOODSTOCK is a vibrant and telling snapshot of America from not too long ago ... the story of a man who was living two separate and very different lives - one in the burgeoning gay movement in Manhattan, and one in a sleepy upstate town - until the Woodstock Concert altered forever his way of looking at the world and himself. Tiber exclusively appeared at this past weekend's BEA Book Expo in Manhattan.