No music festival ticket is more highly sought
after than by those who annually make their
pilgrimage to Glastonbury, the largest greenfield
festival in the world. Now officially known as
Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary
Performing Arts, famed as much for itís mud as
for itís music, those 135 000 fans who clamour
for tickets have no doubt, along with over 1000
performers, that in June each year Glastonbury is
the place to be Ė and to be seen.
Through stories, reminiscences and photographs
this book traces the festivalís history from itís
origins in 1970 when it attracted just 1500
people, through the turbulent years of riots,
fence-hopping and anarchy, up to the present
Photographs from each festival year are
accompanied by revealing and amusing
commentary from the artists and backstage
workers who kept the festival rolling despite all
the obstacles thrown in their way.
Behind all this is the remarkable story of one
manís vision. The heartbeat that has kept the
festival going and growing belongs to Michael
Eavis whose own contributions to this book
provide a fascinating insight into the realisation of
a personal dream for a peopleís festival, a dream
now shared by millions around the world.
Whether a seasoned festival campaigner, an
irregular or future Glastonbury pilgrim, this book
is for you.
John Bailey began taking photographs
over 35 years ago. His first book was
published in 2009 and since then he
has written and photographed several
landscape studies of places as diverse
as the Isle of Skye, and the Mendip
Hills near his home in Somerset. John
Bailey also has a deep interest in popular
music: his The History of Skinhead
Reggae, 1968-1972 was published in
2012. Both interests have combined
in this, his seventh book.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 217 0, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published October 2013.