Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Memory of a Free Festival - Book Giveaway (UK Only)


Courtesy of Cicada Press I have one copy of Sam Knee's photographic journey through the free festivals of the 60s, 70s, and 80s to offer as a 'giveaway' to UK readers of the blog. Simply leave a comment on this blog post, and a random-generated number will be used to select the winning post. 

Giveaway Closing Date 12pm GMT on 31st July 2017. The winning entry will be notified within 28 days. One entry per person, please.

Free music festivals were at the epicentre of counterculture in Britain during the latter half of the 20th Century. With roots deeply embedded in the social history of British folklore, they evolved from embryonic jazz festivals through the anti-nuclear protest marches of the early 60s, to the Rock Against Racism and Jobs for a Change gigs of the late 70s and early 80s. They encapsulated the most radical voices of generations of young people, as they responded to the political schisms and social unrest that surrounded them. Memory of a Free Festival celebrates this wondrous world of Bohemia. Hundreds of previously unpublished period photos capture jazz-loving beatniks, flower power hippies and post punk indie kids in all their festival finery.

(Sam Knee is also the author of A Scene In Between (Cicada 2013) and The Bag I'm In (Cicada 2015).


31 comments:

Dai Davies said...

Hi, put me in the prize draw please. Cheers, Dai.

Joy Dyson said...

How exciting! I'd love to look through this book, started going to festivals in 1982...

Steve Bubble said...

Haven't come across this before!

Whose Idea Was? said...

Ooh yes I'd like that!

Nick Smith said...

Nice

Randy Dicks said...

Hi Ian
If I don't win the draw, I'll have to buy this, it looks like a nice book. Pedro Bellavista.

Vim said...

Society needed the free festivals & then the raves. Since they were smashed by the Tories just look how our society has deteriorated into it's current self centred xenophobic mess :-( Only Hawkwind can help us now. Do Not Panic :-)

Mick White said...

My first 'free' festival was Weeley - as well as being my first ever festival! Although it wasn't intended to be free!
Made it to a couple of the Hyde Park events, Grand Funk and Jack Bruce, Stonehenge a couple of times and Windsor 72 - probably a few more but it was a long time ago and I did like to enjoy myself :)

Mary Guyver said...

And this was my youth , and went on to become my life , the "wasted youth of the 70's who went on to create and invent and motivate and now form the cultural structures of today's modern world , there are many who criticise , but these early events laid the foundations of modern festivals , counter culture , the wholefoods movement , the green movement , alternative circus and theatre , alternative lifestyles ,the list goes on.
I have absolutely no regrets .

Magickat said...

I would love to win this ๐Ÿ˜€

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Martin Smith said...

My first free festival was Stonehenge 1980 - triptastic!

Jimski said...

Having seen some previews online. this looks like a splendid work and a great companion for 'Festivalized'. Will be picking up a copy as I've always had a deep interest in the subject - I'm just old enough to have managed to tag along to a few of the last free festivals and wrote my degree dissertation on the history of free festivals.

Geoff Pinn said...

What a fascinating insight into some of the best times in music history. Would love to indulge myself deep into this tome !

Hestia said...

Sounds like a fab read.

Paul Brookes said...

Saw this on amazon, its on my next to buy list for pay day. Be brilliant to get it before I can afford it

Tatty said...

A good friend has this on his bookshelf I have only glimpsed would love a copy Happy Daze!

Redial said...

Castle Morton, rave on rave on

Ford Davey said...

Put me in the draw please! I'm still trying to get information about a free festival in Gravesend, Kent which was held in 1969

matt cooper said...

Sounds like a killer coffee table book! Please stick me in the draw... ๐Ÿ‘พ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿš€

Ian Abrahams said...

Just to make it fair, going to only allow one comment per person, so some duplicate postings have been adjusted down to one entry. :)

Paul Capps said...

I feel like i missed out on so much being born when i was. Would love to win this book. Fingera crossed

kashi said...

Not sure if my first comment 'took'. I'd like to go in the draw please. Thank you for the chance

nukli1 said...

What a lovely gesture - what a fab'n'groovy prize! ๐Ÿค—

david lunness said...

1st festival was free.stonehenge1982.collected loads of literature,photos and memorabilia but lost everything including all photos and first artwork of my first daughter due to dodgy landlords,1 in particular.i would love to win your book.

tanninyouth said...

Ooooh I'd love to win his, keep meaning to buy it....

Hawkwind said...

Knebworth, Reading, Glastonbury, teenage years late 70's early 80's Never got to a FREE festival. Looks like a good read. Thanks for your work in getting it printed.

Ian Abrahams said...

Ah, nothing to do with me in getting it printed... just an extra copy the publishers sent over when I reviewed it in Record Collector which made a nice giveaway for the blog.

Graham Crowley said...

I'll have to hunt down my own photos from those days, meanwhile, I'd like yo see these.

Janet Carlyon said...

I never had a camera back in the day and would love some photos of the Windsor Free that I attended two years running.Those were the daze.Janet Carlyon

Ian Abrahams said...

Kashi is the winner of this draw ... please drop me a note to the email address on my profile page or via Facebook facebook.com/ianabrahams.musicjournalist