When the World Came to the Isle of WightDylanHeadline

Dylan on stageFor a time, the Isle of Wight Festivals transformed a sleepy English island into the rock‘n’roll capital of the world. What started in 1968 as a parochial one-nighter in a stubble field to raise funds for a local swimming pool, a year later ballooned into a massive outdoor gathering. Numbers skyrocketed as devotees flocked to the Island from mainland Britain, Europe, the Americas and as far away as Australia, to pay homage to rock’s poet laureate, Bob Dylan.

“and here we are, 200,000 of us – all together in peace”
John Lennon




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13 July 2015 cornbury_festivalCornbury Music Festival:  The Festival attracted a huge crowds to see Tom Jones, Lulu, Blue and many other great acts.The Festival’s ‘The Other Stage’ is fast establishing a reputation for quality literary events. On the bill with the Foulks were Whispering Bob Harris, Loyd Grossman and the QI Elves. A great day out for Medina staff and the authors.
13 June 2015 UntitledDaily Mail:  2 page Feature ‘Dear Bob Dylan, please come and sing in our field! How two cheeky British public schoolboys bamboozled rock’s greatest stars to play at their very own Woodstock
8 June 2015 The Big Issue 1The Big Issue 2The Big Issue:  Cover Feature ‘Bob Dylan and the greatest comeback in Rock’n’Roll but the man who made it happen’
7 June 2015 Daily MailThe Mail on Sunday:  Review by Graeme Thomson – 4/5 ‘… fantastic unseen photographs. But it’s the human stories that compel. As well as the colourful cavalcade of performers…’
If it [Volume 2] possesses the same warmth, wit and innocent charm as this first instalment, it will be well worth another trip across the Solent.
29 May 2015 Huffington PostHuffington Post Italia:  Bob Dylan preferì il festival dell’isola di Wight a Woodstock. Ray Foulk, organizzatore dell’evento, racconta la verità in un libro (FOTO)
29 &30 May 2015 IndependentThe Independent and i Newspapers:  Knocking on Dylan’s door – Ray Foulk reveals how he persuaded the voice of a generation to shun Woodstock and come out retirement to play the Isle of Wight.
29 May 2015 County Press1IOW County Press: Genesis of the IW Festivals
20 May 2015 RNRChemistThe Rock and Roll Chemist:  9/10  “Foulk does a masterful job in telling the true story of what it took to get Dylan on the bill and what it all meant for all involved.
15 May 2015 classicrockClassic Rock:  8/10 “The delightful tale told here, including the presence at the festival of three Beatles (bringing smokeables for the bard) and the very English community togetherness that makes it happen has all the elements of a rock’n’roll Ealing comedy.”
7 May 2015 Oxford Times DylanThe Oxford Times: Sylvia Vetta talks to Ray Foulk about Stealing Dylan from Woodstock.
With the kind permission of The Oxford Times.
5 May 2015 The Rock & Roll Chemist: #NowReading this exquisite-looking #book. @StealingDylan @IsleOfWightFest #1969 #music @MedinaBooks
2 May 2015 Gavin Martin: “Very much enjoyed reviewing @StealingDylan for @ClassicRockMag – like rock n roll meets Ealing comedy, a great tale, lovingly told”
April 2015 ISIS MagISIS Magazine: “I was delighted by the quality of the writing, information and entertainment provided by Ray and Caroline Foulk in their Stealing Dylan from Woodstock Tome”
Review reproduced with the kind permission of ISIS Magazine.



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Dylan toyed with playing the Woodstock festival – brought to his own front door – but it was the Foulk brothers who succeeded where all others failed, luring Dylan 3,000 miles away from home to their Island, to create a Woodstock of his own.

Landing the music biz coup of the decade, the three Foulk brothers – a printer, an estate agent and an art student – became pioneers in pop promotion by signing for the world exclusive appearance of the reluctant ‘voice of his generation’.

For the organisers, short on experience, resources and time, the ensuing public response was almost overwhelming, and the challenge of delivering the most eagerly-awaited musical event of the era daunting. The world’s media covered the phenomena, gave the event global coverage and marked it as a suitable climax as the swinging sixties drew to a close.

The 1969 Isle of Wight Festival was Bob Dylan’s one and only full concert appearance in seven-and-a-half years and played its part in a highly transformative period of the artist’s life. 

Stealing Dylan from Woodstock tells, from a unique perspective, of an extraordinary event which seismically altered the lives of the author, his family, all those involved with it and many of those who attended.




Confirmed Author Events

John Lennon backstage

Upcoming Events

2–30 Sept Oxford: Blackwell’s Bookshop: Isle of Wight Festival photographic exhibition
15–18 Oct Isle of Wight Literary Festival
Fri, 23 Oct London: Waterstones Piccadilly: The Stealing Dylan From Woodstock event will run twice: 4pm-5.30pm and 7pm-8.30pm
Film, live performance, original photographs and recordings, talk by festival organiser and author Ray Foulk, readings and Q&As, special guest tbc.
Tue, 27 Oct – 7pm London: Waterstones Manchester, 91 Deansgate: (afternoon event is to be confirmed)
The Stealing Dylan From Woodstock event: Film, live performance, original photographs and recordings, talk by festival organiser and author Ray Foulk, readings and Q&As, special guest tbc.
21 Nov Oxford: Kennington Library: Sixties Gala Night featuring talk and readings by Ray and Caroline Foulk, film and live music. Special guest Legs Larry Smith of the Bonzo Dog Band. Dinner and Sixties fancy dress competition.

Past Events

1 Sept Oxford: Blackwell’s Bookshop: book signing and launch of Isle of Wight Festival photographic exhibition
Aug 13 – 7.30pm Isle of Wight: Ventnor Arts Club, Ventnor Fringe: author talk, reading, film and music.
Aug 12 Isle of Wight: Waterstone’s Bookshop, 118 High Street, Newport: author talk, reading, film and music.
11 Jul – 5pm Oxford: The Cornbury Music Festival, the Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire
19 Jun – 6.30pm Isle of Wight Literary Festival: Book signing and author talk
Havenstreet Station: Arts Event in association with Lit Fest
18 Jun – 7.30pm Oxford: Albion Beatnik Bookstore, Walton Street: book signing / talk
9 Jun – 7pm Oxford: Blackwell’s Bookshop: book signing / film / talk
6 June – 8pm Isle of Wight: Ventnor Exchange: book signing and author talk
6 June – 10-12am Isle of Wight County Press: book signing
5 Jun – 6pm Isle of Wight: Dimbola Galleries, Freshwater Bay — Isle of Wight launch evening with live music, photographic exhibition and book signing
4 Jun London: Medina Publishing book launch
17 Apr Southampton: Touring Exhibition Group’s annual Marketplace


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Ray Foulk

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Caroline Foulk

Ray Foulk, now based in Oxford, has fostered many passions since his early days as a promoter. After the dizzy heights of the Isle of Wight Festivals and stadium events in London, the Foulk brothers were head-hunted by the Milton Keynes Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion to help plan the leisure content of their new city. Through this Ray brought the inventor/scientist/designer Buck­min­ster Fuller, to the project, embraced his envi­ron­men­tal­ism, and even­tu­ally trained as an architect himself at the Uni­ver­sity of Cambridge. Combining design, education and promotion he spent much of the nineties and noughties as an envi­ron­men­tal cam­paigner, and led the ambitious in-schools project, Blue Planet Day, rekin­dling the sat­is­fac­tion, and more, that the festivals had brought to his youth. Recent years have been dominated by envi­ron­men­tal archi­tec­ture and writing.
Caroline Foulk has worked with her father, Ray, for many years, research­ing, writing, and co-promoting the schools envi­ron­men­tal project, Blue Planet Day. Recently, together they have completed a screen­play for the cinema about the invention of modern art. Caroline trained and worked as a teacher and lives in Oxford with her husband and three children.