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Telluride Bluegrass Festival: Forty Years of Festivation Hardcover – June 19, 2014
Whether you've been every year, only once, or you still have it on your bucket list, this 216 page hardbound collector's edition book is an absolute must-have for anybody who has ever felt the lure of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival... The book is like a career-spanning box set that is a phenomenally entertaining trip down memory lane. Photos of the early rickety stage and unmanicured festival grounds will astound today s attendees, and watching the evolution of the haircuts of bluegrass is even more enthralling. ...The book allows us all to laugh, while so splendidly painting the history of one of the world s top music festivals. (5 out of 5 stars) --Marquee Magazine
40 Years of Festivation is hardbound in Spanish Leather, a 216-page celebration of one particular slice of American history. It's a gonzo-style look at a community brimming with creativity, energy, and a frontier spirit. In its essence, it captures a town and a festival that equates home for so many. Year-by-year accounts make up most of the book, and were written by longtime festival MC Pastor Mustard in a hilarious, irreverent style, often in twenty-minute spurts (the best part: the captions add as much as the prose). At its heart, 40 Years of Festivation is a coffee table book, not an archive, but the pages have something for everyone, whether you've attended the festival for most of your life, the past few years, or it s still on your bucket list. --Relix Magazine
The book is a beautiful thing to behold. It's hardbound in Spanish leather (nod to Bob D.) with an animated lenticular image of Sam Bush right in the center of the cover. That s the technical way of saying if you stare at the book's cover photo of Sam and you move your head around, he appears to come to life and starts doing his signature Mandolin chop which is, of course, the universal bluegrass signal for ‘buckle up, we're about to have some serious fun.’
[The book] is a lens focused on the evolutionary trail of not only the festival, but the people who attend, the musicians who perform and the mountain town that has played host for four decades. Not many music festivals can boast such loyalty, and not many books can capture such devotion so well. --Boulder Weekly
About the Author
Dan Sadowsky emceed the Telluride Bluegrass Festival for twenty-nine years under his nom-de-guerre, Pastor Mustard. Additional voices include Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, Tim O'Brien, Emmylou Harris, and many others.
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There is this beautiful feeling, euphoric really, a sense of family, tradition, fun and belonging. I am changed by this and will forever remain a devoted fan
Excellent, fun read!
But the best part ot me was seeing the list of each year's artists. It's truly amazing that a "bluegrass" festival could include so many great non-bluegrass artists. Plus It was interesting to see how often artists return, though looking at the photos, it's easy to see why: what a gorgeous place for a music fest.
This book goes year-by-year describing the growth of TBF, from its meager roots to becoming one of the premier music fests in the US. Some of the stories are from backstage, some from the "festivarian" point of view. Though I would have liked to hear a little more about those secret after-concert retreats/parties that the musicians still talk about today, there's no better way to introduce a rookie to what a T-ride experience is all about. I've been there, and this book only makes me look forward to returning.
Onto the book- fantastic pictures from years 1-40, great stories from legendary festivarians and musicians. The thing that put it over the top for me though is the line-ups. Every line up from year 1 to 40 is captured and memorialized in this beautiful book. So much fun to leaf through the years, finding the festivals I was lucky enough to attend, and reviewing the line up. Memories so strong, I could remember the sets! Also fun to see it grow, year after year.
Amazing keepsake- whether you've been one or 41 times! If you've not made it yet, buy it anyway. It may be just the motivation you need to get there.