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Publisher's Summary

The Sunday Times best seller.

A Rough Trade book of the year. 

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 £1 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 Eavises' 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 '70s icon Brian Walker to rock and roll legends Jill Furmanovsky and Greg Williams.   

Together they bring you the magic that makes Glastonbury, Glastonbury.

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©2019 Emily Eavis and Michael Eavis (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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  • 09-09-2020

An industry gem

As a festival curator from South Africa, this book is both inspirational and inspiring, it is filled with hair raising moments, and a must read for anyone in the entertainment industry.

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  • Kiran
  • 03-11-2020

Surprised how this book translated

As a frequent Glastonbury frequenter, I was surprised how well this book transitioned to audiobook. I enjoyed the individual stories - especially regarding the set up of the festival and also the accounts of how the festival expanded. Lauren Laverne is a great compère but I wish we could have been treated to actual accounts from each of the contributors. The actors do a fine job but having personal accounts from Mchael and Emily Eavis would had added a little gravitas to the story. Also hearing first hand from the performers would have been great. Still, a good listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-2020

What a book!!

Anyone who has been to Glastonbury will fall in love with this book. You listen and your right back there. If you haven’t been to the festival, reading this will make you want to go and fall in love before you’ve even been. Fingers crossed for 2021!

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  • John o'neill
  • 06-11-2019

fascinating look from the inside

it was a good listen. I enjoyed hearing how much planning goes into the whole thing

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