The Pop Festival

The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture

by George McKay

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 Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2015
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  • ISBN:
    978-1-62356-820-7 (hardback)

    978-1-62356-959-4 (paperback)

    978-1-62892-196-0 (epdf)

    978-1-62892-198-4 (epub)

    978-1-50130-903-8 (online)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
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The Pop Festival
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‘I’m going to camp out on the land … try and get my soul free’. So sang Joni Mitchell in 1970 on ‘Woodstock’. But Woodstock is only the tip of the iceberg. Popular music festivals are one of the strikingly successful and enduring features of seasonal popular cultural consumption for young people and older generations of enthusiasts. From pop and rock to folk, jazz and techno, under stars and canvas, dancing in the streets and in the mud, the pleasures and politics of the carnival since the 1950s are discussed in this innovative and richly-illustrated collection. The Pop Festival brings scholarship in cultural studies, media studies, musicology, sociology, and history together in one volume to explore the music festival as a key event in the cultural landscape — and one of major interest to young people as festival-goers themselves and as students.