Glastonbury 50 : The Official Story of Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury 50 : The Official Story of Glastonbury Festival
Author: Emily Eavis Michael Eavis
Rating: 4.66
Bestsellers Rate: 16389
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 304
Hours of reading: 5.1 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 30,17 €

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A BOOK OF THE YEAR PICK IN THE TIMES: 'Captivating' A ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR: 'In-depth and inspiring' 'Beautifully compiled ... the perfect festival experience' SUNDAY TIMES Glastonbury 50 is the authorised, behind-the-scenes, inside story of the music festival that has become a true global phenomenon. The story begins in 1970. The day after Jimi Hendrix's death... dairy farmer Michael Eavis invites revellers to his field in Somerset to attend a 'Pop, Folk & Blues' festival. Tickets are GBP1 each, enticing more than a thousand customers with the promise of music, dance, poetry, theatre, lights and spontaneous entertainment - as well as free milk from his own Worthy Farm cows. Fast forward through five tumultuous decades and the Eavis's vision now encompasses a gigantic 'city in the fields', with a total annual population nearing a quarter of a million. Tickets sell out within minutes, the show is beamed live to more than 40 countries around the globe, and over 3 million people are registered to attend. Meanwhile, the bill has expanded to include big name performers, artists and designers from every branch of the creative arts. Glastonbury Festival is now the largest outdoor green fields event in the world. In their own words, Michael and Emily Eavis reveal the stories behind the headlines, and celebrate 50 years of history in the Vale of Avalon. They're joined by a host of big-name contributors from the world of music - among them Adele, JAY-Z, Dolly Parton, Chris Martin, Noel Gallagher, Lars Ulrich and Guy Garvey. They're joined by artists - Stanley Donwood, Kurt Jackson and many more. Writers - Caitlin Moran, Lauren Laverne, Billy Bragg - and by a host of photographers, from Seventies icon Brian Walker to rock and roll legends Jill Furmanovsky and Greg Williams. Together they bring you the magic that makes Glastonbury, Glastonbury.




A must-have for festival fans. * Woman & Home * With exclusive interviews, never-before-seen photos and lots of insight from big names, including Adele, Dolly Parton and Noel Gallagher, this is a must for any music fan. * Woman * In this beautifully compiled history, Eavis and his daughter Emily trace Glastonbury's remarkable 50-year evolution, alongside testimony from performers and a fabulous trove of photographs. Blessedly mud-free, it's the perfect festival experience. * The Sunday Times (Culture) * ... Emily Eavis's childhood recollections, and photographs documenting how it went from a mellow hippy love-in with free milk in 2971 to a crusty nightmare in the early Nineties to a fully functioning pop-up city it is today, are captivating. * The Times (Saturday Review) * Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily prove typically welcoming guides as Glastonbury 50 unravels the history, the book's scrapbook approach mixing personal stories and classic photography with colourful reminiscences from the likes of Chris Martin, Ed Chemical, Noel Gallagher and Banksy. * Q Magazine *

Emily Eavis Biography

Emily Rose Eavis (born July 1979) is co-organiser of the annual Glastonbury Festival, and the youngest daughter of the festival's founder and organiser Michael Eavis and his second wife Jean.

Early life

Eavis grew up on Worthy Farm, Somerset, the site of the Glastonbury Festival. In 1985, at age five, she performed Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the Festival's Pyramid Stage immediately before The Style Council headlined. After leaving Wells Cathedral School in 1997, she began a teaching degree at Goldsmiths University, London. When her mother became ill with cancer, Eavis deferred her course and returned home to care for her.

Music events career


Following her mother's death in 1999, Eavis began assisting her father in running the festival and became co-organiser of the event. She is now responsible for overseeing the line-up of the festival. In 2007, Eavis created The Park area with her partner, music manager Nick Dewey. In 2008, Eavis booked the festival's first hip hop headliner, Jay-Z. Eavis married Dewey in August 2009; the couple have three children, sons born in 2011 and 2013 and a daughter born in 2016. The couple is responsible for booking all of Glastonbury's main stages, with Dewey now the festival's Head of Music Programming. Other headliners Eavis and Dewey have booked include The Rolling Stones, Adele, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Kanye West, Neil Young, Lionel Richie, Blur, Paul Simon, Arctic Monkeys, Electric Light Orchestra, Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran. Eavis has also booked African and Middle Eastern artists on the Pyramid Stage. including Amadou & Mariam, Rokia Traore, Bassekou Kouyate, Songhoy Blues, Baaba Maal and Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music.

Other events

Eavis has organised several fundraising concerts for Oxfam, including a Make Trade Fair concert at London's Astoria in October 2002 with Coldplay, Noel Gallagher and Ms Dynamite and a show at the Hammersmith Apollo in September 2004 headlined by REM. Eavis also organised a concert opposing the Iraq war at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in 2003, featuring Coldplay, Paul Weller, Faithless and Ronan Keating.


Eavis has advocated female equality in music and equal representation across stages at Glastonbury. She also supports the White Ribbon Alliance. In 2019, Eavis was behind Glastonbury's decision to ban the sale of single-use plastic bottles at that year's festival in a bid to cut waste.

See also

Music industry Music management Promoter (entertainment) Woodstock


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Authors: Emily Eavis Michael Eavis
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Imprint: Trapeze
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9781409183938
ISBN10: 1409183939
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Book Format: Hardback
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Pages: 304
Book Weight: 1740
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Publication date: Aug. 11, 2020
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Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

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