- ALREADY HAPPENED:
Mark Berger Something’s Happening Here: A Sixties Odyssey from Brooklyn to Woodstock
May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Book Launch with Music by Olivia Quillio
Mark Berger’s memoir of the 1960s and its climactic event, the Woodstock music festival, is so richly evocative in its detail and presence, you’ll swear you were there.
– TC Boyle, author of Outside Looking in: A Novel
Howl! celebrates the publication of Mark Berger’s memoir Something’s Happening Here: A Sixties Odyssey from Brooklyn to Woodstock. Since music was key to the energy of the 60s, singer-songwriter Olivia Quillio joins Berger to perform songs from that exhilarating decade as well as her own original material.
Bringing together a writer from the Woodstock generation and a musical artist from today, the evening bridges generations and connects people who embrace the same values: peace, freedom, community, and joyfulness. Berger’s memoir brings to life the rise of the counterculture, Olivia Quillio’s music looks back at that time in order to see her way forward. In launching Something’s Happening Here at Howl!, Berger illuminates the cultural experiences that led to his creation of this book, including encounters with Allan Ginsberg, whose humanity and avuncular concern left a deep impression on the author.
In concise and thoughtful episodes, Mark Berger has recreated his entrancing and eye-opening experiences through the years that culminated in the extravaganza of Woodstock. Fresh, honest, by turns gentle and wry, this is a rare and engaging first-hand look at an important time in our cultural history, with all its delirious ideals and sheer energy. —Lydia Davis, author of Can’t and Won’t
About Mark Berger
Mark Berger lived most of his life near Prospect Park in Brooklyn. He has driven a potato truck, sold real estate, and worked as an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor. In 2012, attending a memoir class, he found his voice as a storyteller and discovered a memory trove of tales from his life in the 1960s that were demanding to be told.