Seven Questions: Rona Elliot, Rock Journalist/Editor - 'The Woodstock Experience'
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Today's subject is Rona Elliot.
As a rock journalist, Rona Elliot has had the opportunity to eyewitness and participate in some of music's most memorable moments. The former music correspondent for NBC's "Today" show broke the first Band Aid story in London out of Abbey Road studios in 1984, worked at historic Live Aid, was the first to interview Tina Turner during her acclaimed comeback and traveled the world with her. Rona, who currently teaches music business class at UCLA extension, was on hand to report on Nelson Mandela’s welcoming at London’s Wembley Stadium, she traveled with the Rolling Stones for the first rock concert ever in then Czechoslovakia, served as VH1’s first news anchor and was in the USSR for the country’s first rock concert ever with Billy Joel.
Forty years ago, Rona was working in public and community relations for a little concert called Woodstock. Her first-hand experience at what is perhaps the most famous music festival of all time matched with her incredible ability to interview music legends is on display in The Woodstock Experience, a remarkable limited edition hand-bound dual-book package from London-based Genesis Publications featuring words from the original festival producer Michael Lang and photos from official Woodstock photographer Henry Diltz.
Rona who currently resides in Los Angeles took some time to speak with LAist about the making of The Woodstock Experience, working on the festival, rock journalism and the current state of music.