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The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture Paperback – 16 Jul 2015

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation (16 July 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623569591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623569594
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.8 x 22.7 cm
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In addition to its stellar 33 1/3 series, Bloomsbury publishes some of the best academic writing about music that one will read. In The Pop Festival, the music festival is put under the scholarly microscope in 14 separate essays, all punctiliously annotated and referenced ... the book provides valuable insight into the counter-culture beast that has been and is the music festival. Reading might not be as free and easy as a day at Woodstock, but through careful reading one will find reward.
< /br> -- Frank Valish, Under the Radar
< /br> For any student of the social, political, and cultural impact of the festivals [this is] a five-star treasure trove of ideas, joining-up disparate elements of society and contextualising the festivals within that background ... An important study. ---- Record Collector

The festival has long been an essential facet of the popular music experience. In this wonderful book, McKay assembles a series of masterful essays that take us on a thought provoking journey through the history, politics and aesthetic qualities of the pop festival.
< /br> -- Andy Bennett, Professor of Cultural Sociology, School of Humanities, Griffith University, Australia
< /br>--George McKay has brought together a lively, challenging, accessible and eclectic collection of essays spanning diverse aspects of the pop music festival: its history, politics, and cultural meaning; its muddy, sweaty, dancing bodies, its mythology and racial tensions, the euphoric (and sometimes tragic) crush of the crowd. I warmly recommend The Pop Festival to anyone interested in the politics of festivals across music and media studies, cultural history and event management.
< /br)--Chris Gibson, Professor of Human Geography, University of Wollongong, Australia, author of Music Festivals and Regional Development in Australia Ranging widely in time and space, from early 1950s British cultural festivals through Love Parade and Burning Man, this original and compelling book examines the music festival from a rich variety of perspectives. The Pop Festival is particularly good at tracing the political, racial and musical contexts which have made festivals such important moments in cultural life around the world. Woodstock is here, and analyzed with great skill, but so are a wide range of other festivals whose importance has been forgotten. This is nothing less than an alternate history of popular music since the Second World War. ---- William Straw, Professor, Department of Art History & Communication Studies, McGill University, Canada

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George McKay is a leading writer on alternative cultures and music. He is Professor of Media Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK; his website is georgemckay.org

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