"Max Said Yes! The Woodstock Story" is due in May

With the 40th anniversary of Woodstock approaching in August, Abigail Yasgur and Joseph Lipner have written an illustrated children’s book titled “Max Said Yes! The Woodstock Story.”

The book tells the story of Max Yasgur, the big-hearted dairy farmer who made rock history when he allowed the 1969 festival to take place on his farm in Bethel, N.Y.

Due in May, the book is vividly illustrated by artist Barbara Mendes, who depicts the flower children of the festival in a style reminiscent of ’60s underground comics. Rest assured, the book doesn’t reflect the bacchanalian aspects of the historic hippie fest.

Among the performers at Woodstock was rock icon and Seattle native Jimi Hendrix. Here’s an hour-long video of Hendrix playing at Woodstock.

After 40 years of being asked, “Are you related to that guy who had Woodstock?” Abigail Yasgur (a librarian, and cousin of Max Yasgur’s) decided to write a book with her husband (an attorney and writer). The couple named their son Max Yasgur Lipner.

The book will be distributed nationally by Independent Publishers Group.

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