After Woodstock: The True Story of a Belgian Movie, an Israeli Wedding, and a Manhattan Breakdown

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About the Author

Elliot Tiber (April 15, 1935-August 3, 2016) was a gay rights pioneer who wrote and produced numerous award-winning plays and musical comedies. As a professor of comedy writing and performance, he taught at the New School and Hunter College in Manhattan. His first novel, Rue Haute, was a bestseller in Europe, and was published in the United States as High Street. The novel was made into a 1976 French-language feature film adapted and directed by coauthor and partner André Ernotte. As a humorist, Mr. Tiber appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, BBC, and CNBC, as well as on television shows in Franch, England, Tokyo, Moscow, Berlin, Belgium, and elsewhere throughout the world.

Mr. Tiber's memoir Taking Woodstock, which he wrote with Tom Monte, was first published in 2007 and was soon after turned into a feature film by director Ang Lee. He is also the author of another memoir that explored his life before Woodstock called Palm Trees on the Hudson: A True Story of the Mob, Judy Garland, and Interior Decorating. In addition to his work as a writer, Tiber was a highly sought-after lecturer who appeared in many international venues. In his final years, Mr. Tiber lived in the Miami Beach section of Florida, where he continued his work as a writer; a painter; and a humorist.

James Schamus is the CEO ofFocus Features as well as a Professorin Columbia University's School ofthe Arts, where he teaches film historyand theory. His script for The IceStorm (which Ang Lee directed) wonthe Best Screenplay Award at theCannes Film Festival.

Ang Lee won the Academy Award(R)for Best Director for BrokebackMountain and also received an Oscar(R)nomination for directing CrouchingTiger, Hidden Dragon (from the scriptby James Schamus).

Schamus and Lee have also collaboratedas writer and director onLust, Caution; Hulk; Ride with the Devil; Eat, Drink, Man, Woman; The Wedding Banquet; and Pushing Hands.


"Tiber writes about [his] life with unvarnished intimacy . . . His political and literary high points are balanced by the low points of breakups and the AIDS epidemic, captured with dazed immediacy. Tiber squeezes life for all it is worth, ringing out the last quarter of the 20th century with the offbeat, at-times twisted humor of a survivor."

-- "Kirkus Reviews"

"A hugely entertaining story . . . [After Woodstock] is a very funny memoir that has a deep emotional core . . . Familiarity with [Tiber's former book] Taking Woodstock isn't necessary to enjoy this well-written, very personal story, but it would add another layer to the experience."

-- "Booklist"
"[A] bittersweet memoir . . . Tiber delivers a wonderful account of survival while wrestling with creativity, loss, tragedy, and disconnection from traditional family values. Foreword by noted film director Ang Lee." -- "Publishers Weekly"

"There is something intrinsically appealing about Tiber's storytelling. He is a smart aleck with a zany sense of humor, full of quips and one-liners . . . this memoir will draw in anyone who picks it up."

-- "Library Journal "

"A remarkably rich series of life encounters that, quite simply, provides a rollicking good read; especially for prior fans of Tiber, who will appreciate even more depth and action in this latest addition to his ongoing life story."

-- "Midwest Book Review"

"Delightful . . . If, in fact, you like a little madness with your memoir, find After Woodstock and you'll have it all."

-- "The Bookworm Sez (nationally syndicated review columnist)"

"Rapturous in tone and immense in detail . . . There are shades of Kerouac . . . a slightly freer and more discursive prose style than we have seen from Tiber before . . . Tiber recalls the trajectory of his life with sparkle and pizzazz . . . From the descriptions to the crisp and often hilarious dialogue, the narrative is a relentlessly-paced witches' brew of highs and lows; of wit and despair . . . One of the most unexpected delights of this book is, when all is said and done, it is essentially a warm and beautiful love story . . . will very nearly devastate anyone who has ever loved and lost . . . After Woodstock stands proudly as this often erratic but brilliant man's heart-filled masterpiece.

-- ""

"The third volume of Tiber's memoirs . . . [After Woodstock] stands as a tribute to a relationship that endured and deepened up until the moment of [its] last breath . . ."

-- "Vinton Rafe McCabe, The New York Journal of Books"

"After Woodstock starts after the [1969] festival, and thoroughly, exuberantly, and exhaustively tracks Tiber through every high, low, and high again of his prodigiously creative life . . . a combination of raucous chutzpah and endearing self-sensitivity . . . this is a mammoth memoir . . . visceral and pleasurable . . . [and] liberating . . . Read this for the sake of following a life well lived, a reminder that the old Woodstock spirit is alive and well in many forms."

-- "Jana Martin, Chronogram"

"A must-read if you're looking for a great, rollicking firsthand account of [the Sixties], and what happened next . . . bold and maximalist . . . As this exuberant memoir continues, there's an incredible sense of a life well lived. [Tiber's] relationship with longtime partner, Belgian playwright and director André Ernotte, was turbulent, intense, and productive, resulting in a bestselling novel in Belgium (Rue Haute) and a film adaptation directed by Ernotte. The love between these two veers from serene to tumultuous and back again, a roller-coaster of attachment and need. As one succeeds, the other struggles, and Tiber writes with great perceptivity about the dynamics of two brilliant, vulnerable, ambitious people trying to be one. Suffice to say that the title delivers on all of its promises, with great expansiveness and energy." ""


"As narrated by Edwin Wald, an actor who has a gift for accents and great conversational timing, the epic and the raucous sides of Tiber's memoir [After Woodstock] really come out . . . The story is just what the title promises: it's true, it includes a whole lot of transcontinental moves, and it's packed with life . . . The bold and maximalist prose of the book becomes a highly enjoyable, listenable tale when narrated out loud, conveying a stronger sense of Tiber's own state of mind in the way Wald takes readers along the journey . . . an epic of its time that takes you along on a journey . . . a great reminder that life is for living -- and stories are for telling."

-- "" (1/25/2023 12:00:00 AM)

"Tiber writes in an easy, comfortable style which lulls you into hypnotically following his story . . . hilarious (and sad) . . . [he] expertly leads us along his Candide-like journey which lasted the nearly four decades covered by this book . . . [Tiber's experiences are] enough to bring tears to the reader's eyes. If you're looking for a good read, pick up a copy of After Woodstock. You'll find it hard to put down."

-- "Philly Gay Calendar"