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Eden built by Eves : the culture of women's music festivals
Morris, Bonnie J., 1961-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Alyson Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
xxi, 370 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
An introduction to the festival topic -- The early years: herstory and production stories -- The Eden built by Eves: matriarchal structure -- In their own voices: interviews with festival performers -- Life stages: ceremonies and passages on the land -- The politics of discomfort: controversies and compromise -- There is a sense of humor here: trends in comedy and self-parody -- Festivals on the front lines: from sisterfire to camp sister spirit -- There's a nursing baby in the mosh pit: generational shift and change -- How I spent my summer vacation.
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ML35 .M67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Women's music festivals have been an integral part of both the shaping of lesbian culture and the emergence of women as a musical force. This new book takes the reader on a remarkable backstage tour of the rollicking, legendary world of these festivals and presents an exhilarating insider's journey through this cultural phenomena that has made an important contribution to both musical history and women's history.

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Library Journal Review

Purported to be the first and only examination of women's music festivals, Morris's book attempts "to capture the images and voices" of women who "return over and over to the various festivals where an authentic lesbian culture is created." According to Morris, women's music festivals have been an integral part of lesbian culture for the last 25 years. Morris has been there from the beginning, chronicling the events in photographs, recordings, and interviews with performers and festival-goers. She shares her archives and experience from a historical viewpoint (she's a history professor) as well as a personal one (she's a lesbian). A history of the festival movement is included along with quotes from festival-goers and a "lexicon of festivalese." The book includes mainly self-portraits of the performers, who talk about their experiences as lesbians and musicians. It's something of a hodgepodge, but little has been written about this phenomenon, making the book a welcome additional to gay and lesbian collections in academic and larger public libraries.ÄRosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. Sys., CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.