Wednesday 24 April 2019

Book Review: 50 Years of Glastonbury by Malcolm Croft

Last Updated: 13 September 2021

50 Years of Glastonbury by Malcolm Croft book cover

AD* | Glastonbury is a festival like no other, and this visual history follows the world-renowned gathering on its 50th anniversary - complete with photographs, line-ups, and firsthand accounts.

From its humble beginnings as a folk festival (where £1 got you a ticket and a pint of milk), Glastonbury has grown into one of today’s biggest global music events. Hundreds of the world’s most famous acts have played the iconic Pyramid Stage - including the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Coldplay, Radiohead, The Smiths, Jay-Z, Metallica, and Paul McCartney - and tickets sell out within minutes. 50 Years of Glastonbury celebrates the music, the mud, and the mayhem that have made the festival so popular, for fans and artists alike. Packed with incredible photographs and stories of the acts and attendees who have made Glastonbury a phenomenon, this is a must-read book for festivalgoers and music fans everywhere.

Going to Glastonbury Festival has always been one of those once-in-a-lifetime bucket list goals for me, but as yet, I have not managed to bag myself a ticket. Each year, I read, watch, and listen to the coverage of the festival, enjoying the spectacle of the greatest show on earth from the comfort of my sofa.

So, when I was kindly offered the chance to read and review the exciting new book, 50 Years of Glastonbury, understandably I jumped at the opportunity!

2020 is Glastonbury's 50th year and this book celebrates and commemorates some of the festival's very best moments in its history so far. From memorable acts and performances to peace, love, and mud galore, each decade of the festival's extraordinary history is detailed through songs, personal accounts, and a plethora of top-quality photographs ranging from the most recent festival right through to its earliest days.

I really enjoyed delving into this book and learning more about the events that have helped to make Glastonbury the worldwide phenomenon it is today. The stunning photographs, artwork and visuals really helped to bring festivals past and present alive, and accompanied by fun facts and interesting snippets of information, the book is a real goldmine.

This is a book to keep in the bookcase and keep looking back on for many years to come. And, who knows, perhaps one day I'll be able to head out and make my own memories, living the Glastonbury Festival lifestyle for myself!

Rating: 5 stars

50 Years of Glastonbury is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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