AT ONE POINT in the “true story” of the early years of his life, Elliot Tiber describes meeting Marlon Brando and Wally Cox in the San Remo bar in Greenwich Village. Although this encounter took place over forty years ago, Tiber reproduces, in improbable detail, the conversation of the three men. The recent college graduate is so successful in holding up his end of the witty exchanges that “Mr. Peepers” and “Stanley Kowalski” invite him to come with them to a party. “And it was one of the best nights of my life,” reports Tiber. This comment is fairly typical of the depth of insight offered by Taking Woodstock, a book which demonstrates the pitfalls of writing about famous people and events.