By Ian Abrahams,Bridget Wishart
Singer/Songwriter/Performance Artist Bridget Wishart (Hawkwind, Hippy Slags, Demented Stoats, Spirits Burning) and song Journalist Ian Abrahams (Hawkwind – Sonic Assassins, unusual Boat – Mike Scott & The Waterboys, list Collector, R2, Vive Le Rock) current their ‘talking heads’ ebook at the British loose pageant scene of the 70s, 80s and early 90s, Festivalized.
Festivalized surveys the historical past of the loose gala's in the course of the tales and viewpoints of these who have been there. Musicians, level Organisers, Writers, Band Managers, Attendees, travelers, and Landowners all deliver their eye-witness debts and first-hand studies to this bright rfile of the choice tradition at play.
Researched via over 50 interviews, together with participants of remarkable pageant bands equivalent to Hawkwind, Magic Mushroom Band, Ozric Tentacles, The Levellers, right here & Now, Magic Muscle, Mandragora, Zounds, Smartpils, tradition surprise, and 2000DS, and revered counterculture commentators comparable to Mick Farren and Penny Rimbaud, Festivalized relates the highs and lows, the conflicts and the achievements of the pageant scene. From the gala's at Glastonbury, Windsor nice Park and Stonehenge to the traveling Convoy park-ups and the myriad 80s gatherings and directly to the final nice unfastened competition at Castlemorton in 1992, here's an intensive recounting of the fairs and the characters that inhabited them.
Covering the musical, social and political points of the loose fairs, Festivalized is an even-handed and complete account in their improvement out of the 60s counterculture, their height at Stonehenge in 1984 while a reputed 80,000 revellers accumulated on Salisbury simple, and their decline into difficult medicinal drugs that observed bands attacked on degree, violent confrontations with the Thatcher executive, and alleged infiltration by way of the safety prone. by no means sentimental, constantly aim, Festivalized is a important and interesting oral background of a scene now vanished from the British countryside.
[Festivalized] vividly portrays the highs, lows, conflicts and achievements of this distinctive countercultural stream. a decent, unflinching portrait of this key interval of social historical past. (Shindig!) *****
A hugely enlightening learn that conjures up wistful stories of extra carefree occasions. you could virtually scent the wooden smoke because the chillum’s handed around the campfire. (Vive Le Rock) 8/10
A measured, fantastically prepare, relocating, humorous, severe, thought-provoking account of an excellent time within the substitute tradition of our kingdom. It merits to be acknowledged as a ancient record. (Terrascope)
Festivalized is an extremely good documented examine in regards to the virtually forgotten lifestyle and its social and cultural impression on today’s society. (It’s Psychedelic Baby)