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Going Up the Country: Woodstock's Post-Dylan influx

Barney Hoskyns, 'Small Town Talk' (Faber), February 2016

BOB DYLAN WASN'T the only artistic giant to seek sanctuary in the Catskill Mountains in the 1960s. Just as the singer had fled controversy and hysteria by hiding out in Woodstock, so novelist Philip Roth chose to escape the scandal of his bestseller Portnoy's Complaint by moving from Manhattan to the old art colony of Byrdcliffe at the very time when the singer was making plans to leave it. 

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