When the World Came to the Isle of Wight: The Last Great Event tells festival organiser Ray Foulk’s story of the 1968, 1969 and 1970 Isle of Wight Festivals. Volume 1, Stealing Dylan from Woodstock, recalls the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival, Bob Dylan’s one and only full concert appearance in seven-and-a-half years and one that played its part in a highly transformative period of the artist’s life. The book tells, from a unique perspective, of an extraordinary event that seismically altered the lives of the author, his family, all those involved with it and many of those who attended. After the festival famously ‘stole Bob Dylan from Woodstock’ in 1969, and was the starting point and benchmark for all rock and pop festivals in the UK. The following year, documented in Volume 2, The Last Great Event, would also be Jimi Hendrix’s last major performance – 17 days later he was dead. 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 others, a question looms large over the history: did this final festival help precipitate the end of the dream of an alternative society, or did it reflect the changes already taking place?
When the World Came to the Isle of Wight
This special edition of When the World Came to the Isle of Wight comprises Stealing Dylan From Woodstock and The Last Great Event, shrink-wrapped and packaged in a psychedelic bellyband. When the World Came to the Isle of Wight records festival organiser Ray Foulk’s experience of the 1968, 1969 and 1970 Isle of Wight Festivals which featured musical legends including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and the Who.
“Ray Foulk and his brothers, Ronnie and Bill – it is incredible what they did – it is incredible”
Sid Griffin, BBC Radio 6
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