Glastonbury 50 is the official book from Glastonbury founder, Michael Eavis, and his daughter and co-organiser, Emily Eavis.
The pair worked on the project during the fallow year in 2018, when Glastonbury didn’t take place, and celebrates the 50th anniversary of the festival.
Written by Michael and Emily in their own words, the book will take you behind the scenes of the iconic event. Starting from its beginnings in 1970 as the ‘Pilton Pop, Folk & Blues Festival’ where tickets cost £1 (including free milk from Worthy Farm), performers included Marc Bolan and Al Stewart and roughly 1,500 people attended.
It then goes on to chronicle the following five-hectic decades, including hundreds of photos taken over the years as well as special contributions from a variety of musicians, artists, writers and photographers, including the likes of Noel Gallagher, Jarvis Cocker and Billy Bragg to Dolly Parton, Lauren Laverne and Jill Furmanovsky.
On the Glastonbury website, Emily stated when the book was announced that:
“Working on this book has been a fantastic project for me and my dad in the fallow year and in the build-up to this year’s Festival. With our 50th anniversary fast approaching, we felt now was the time to put all of our memories and stories together in one place.
It’s been a total joy to look back through piles of old photo albums and scrapbooks and to reflect upon what it meant at the time, and the incredible evolution of the event. I hope people who’ve been over the years will be able to reminisce and get a flavour of the rich history of Glastonbury through five amazing decades. It’s also been a real honour to have had so many great writers, artists and photographers willing to get involved in helping us to give the full picture.”
Glastonbury 50 will be released on 31st October 2019. You can pre-order a special edition that has been signed by the Micheal and Emily from Waterstones here.