Music Panel: Soul to Soul

Music Panel: Soul to Soul

April 29, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
34 Tinker St
Woodstock, NY 12498
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Jimmy Buff
Tony Fletcher
In the Midnight Hour
Jonathan Gould
Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life


Musical paths have led to and from the village of Woodstock for decades. Via musicians, songwriters, radio hosts and photographers, Woodstock has put its indelible stamp on many a career. We live music here.


Our music panel is one of our festival highlights; dedicated to exploring the rich musical history of America, especially rock.


Moderator Jimmy Buff is a 30-plus year veteran of rock radio, getting his start in broadcasting at the legendary WNEW-FM in New York City.


Buff has been the program director at Radio Woodstock 100.1 for 12 years, and has hosted the morning show for the past four. Buff has also written about adventure, health and fitness for numerous publications, including the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Catskill Mountain Region Guide.


An avid outdoor enthusiast, Buff has participated in adventure races, the Ironman triathlon, ultra running events and climbed Mt. Washington in sub-zero temperatures and hurricane force winds.


Musically, Buff’s tastes run from Hank Williams to Mercury Rev and everything in between. He lives in Kingston with his wife, son, two dogs and one patient cat.


For a true taste of Woodstock’s music scene, tune into Radio Woodstock 100.1 weekday mornings to hear Buff’s original and always surprising playlists.


Tony Fletcher is the best-selling author of major biographies on Keith Moon, the Smiths, and R.E.M., as well as a memoir, a novel, and a history of the New York City music scene. His latest biography is In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett (Oxford University Press, January 2017).


Drawn from extensive interviews with the singer’s close family, friends and regular members of his studio and touring bands, In the Midnight Hour is a narrative portrait of one of the greatest voices of soul, and a rare window into the social upheavals that surrounded him, and the pitfalls of the fame success brought him.


Tony Fletcher was born in northern England, and raised in South London, where he started his own music magazine at the age of 13; Tony emigrated to New York City in the late 1980s. Now he makes his home near Woodstock. He is a contributor to Salon and the Wall Street Journal, and his writing has also appeared in Mojo, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Spin, Newsday and countless other publications.


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Jonathan Gould is a former professional musician and the author of Can’t Buy Me Love: The Beatles, Britain & America. After living in Woodstock for nearly thirty years, he now divides his time between a home in Brooklyn and a house near Hudson, NY. His latest book, Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life, will be published in May by Crown Archetype.