Apr 20, 2015

A Three Day Summer at Woodstock with Sarvenaz Tash

What's so lovely about books is that they create fictional worlds we love to immerse ourselves in. Sometimes those worlds are completely brand new and made up, things we never could've thought of even in our wildest imaginations. And then there are books that take things we know and love and retell them again, whether it's a beloved fairy tale or a part of history. That's exactly what Sarvenaz Tash does in her new novel Three Day Summer. Ladies and gentlemen, we are going to Woodstock.

[Beauty and the Bookshelf: Since Sarvenaz Tash's novel takes place at Woodstock, it's only fitting that she tells us about something that was a pretty big element of Woodstock (among other things, of course) and Three Day Summer: music.]

All About the Music and Playlists of Three Day Summer

Every book I’ve written tends to have at least one song I associate with it: usually something that evokes a specific mood or a certain character’s emotional arc. That being said, I’m not usually one of those writers who listens to music while I work. But, of course, Three Day Summer was the one major exception to this rule!

Not only was the entire concept of the book inspired by my abiding love for the music of the 1960s, but the narrative takes place over the course of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. This meant a lot of very fun research including, of course, listening to as many of the original setlists as I could get my hands on. In this particular case, I would put on the very acts I was writing about as I outlined and worked on the book. I found it very helpful in trying to evoke the environment of the festival as much as possible—which I think was very important to the story.

I’ve created two Spotify playlists in association with Three Day Summer. One has a collection of some of my favorite music of the ‘60s, which I think helps set the setting for the time that my main characters, Cora and Michael, live in. (With one very strong caveat: Beatles songs are not available on Spotify, so they are noticeably missing from this list.) The other playlist features the songs that Cora and Michael actually hear—and in some cases, the very performances of those songs—during key moments of the book.

You can find both playlists below. I hope you take a listen and enjoy. And if you read the book (being released on May 19th!), I’d recommend putting one of these on and really getting into the spirit of the greatest concert of all time!

And speaking of the book, I’m giving away one signed ARC of Three Day Summer! See the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

TitleThree Day Summer
Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: May 19, 2015

Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.

Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She's volunteering in the medical tent. She's like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.

When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them...

Sarvenaz Tash was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her BFA in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. This means she got to spend most of college running around and making movies (it was a lot of fun). She has dabbled in all sorts of writing including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting. She currently lives in her favorite borough of her favorite city.

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And now, dear reader, you can enter to win a signed advance copy of Three Day Summer, courtesy of Sarvenaz Tash! Be prepared to hop in a paper-made time machine and travel back to one of the most famous music festivals of all time! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter and follow the rules (which I am very strict on) below.

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  1. I have to say, Woodstock would be my ideal music festival. It featured my favorite time period of music!
    But if I'm being honest the one band I'd see live and in person would be Led Zeppelin :)

  2. Three Day Summer has been on my Amazon wishlist since I first caught wind of it. A Walk on the Moon is a movie I really enjoyed and I can't help but see this as a young adult spin on that genre.

  3. I'd want to see Taylor Swift, just because I love seeing her perform live. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I am reading this book right now and LOVING it. I have been singing Janis Joplin for 3 days and wish I was alive in the 60s for this show I probably never would have go to but like to pretend I would have. I could have hitched a ride with Michael since he is not far from where I live. :-)


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