Everybody is really looking for some kind of answer where there isn't one. Why would 300,000, 120,000, 60,000, 70,000 people come to anything, just because it's music, you know? I mean, is music all that important? I don't really think so, but people don't know, you know. They don't know how to live and they don't know what to do and they think that if they can come here they can find out, you know, what it is or how to maintain it. It’s just, like... People are very lost. -Jerry, festival goer
August 15th, 1969, New York.
Louis Tomlinson is a young writer for a relatively new-on-the-scene rock magazine called Rolling Stone. His assignment is to fly across the country to cover the highly anticipated Woodstock Music and Art Festival. Armed with a notebook, audio recorder, and a camera, Louis just needs one big interview.
Harry Styles. A new name in rock music and a future name in rock history. His first album sold tens of thousands and his interviews attract audiences across the country. He has the poetry of Jim Morrison and the stage presence of Mick Jagger. And after seeing him perform at the festival, Louis is willing to jump through hoops to put Harry on the cover of Rolling Stone.
- Part 1 of Woodstock Series
“So what about the good guys? The singer-songwriters who make good shit and are still trashed by the press?”
“I’m not saying it’s fair. I just think people eventually get what they deserve. You think your music is good, but critics don’t seem to care? Screw ‘em. Make music until fans are selling out your shows and screaming your name from the crowd. Eventually, the critics will catch on. By then, you probably won’t be concerned anyway.”
Harry looked at him curiously. “If that’s how you feel, then why are you in this field?”
Louis shrugged. "I care about music. I like writing, but I’m shit at playing instruments. This was the compromise.”
“Becoming the enemy?"
“Telling the truth.”
Music journalist Louis Tomlinson will do just about anything to get a story he’s passionate about. Including spending a week on tour with the hard-to-manage rockstar-in-the-making Harry Styles. In the late 60s, every long-haired kid thinks they can make it in music, and Louis’ job is to figure out what exactly makes Harry so special. That is if he can get him to put down the bottles and guitars to answer a question truthfully.
- Part 2 of Woodstock Series