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The music festival guide : for music lovers and musicians
Pruett, Jon.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Ill. : A Cappella Books, [2004]

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xv, 461 pages ; 23 cm
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Includes indexes.
Blues, R&B, and gospel -- Classical, early, chamber, and contemporary -- Country, bluegrass, and folk -- Electronic -- Jazz -- Rock, Indie rock, punk, and hip-hop -- World and reggae.
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ML35 .P78 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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Covering 600 music festivals worldwide, this guide offers lively descriptions of festivals of all manner, size, and form. A resource for the committed festival attendee, it offers dates, locations, scheduled events, web sites, and lists of recent performers. Accommodation information is also featured alongside price guidelines and camping details. Also a vital handbook for the performer, it provides contact information for booking agents, deadlines for submissions, and, in some cases, practical tips about how to get on the bill. Covering nearly every conceivable genre of music--from alternative rock, world music, avant-garde jazz, and R&B to bluegrass, reggae, medieval, and contemporary classical--this companion is comprehensive, engagingly written, and amazingly informative. The Music Festival Guide is an essential resource for anyone interested in attending or performing at music festivals.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Freelance music writers Pruett and McGuirk have done a service to musicians and music aficionados alike in this wide-ranging guide to music festivals around the world. They give generous space to a variety of genres, from rock, indie and hip-hop to jazz, country and classical; considerations of the former groups are strongest, however, and make up the bulk of the book. (While such big classical events as the Brattleboro Music Festival in Vermont are omitted, the book does list the Boston Early Music Festival.) In this helpful guidebook, the authors highlight almost all the big festivals as well as the lesser-known ones, offering a brief intro to each and including specs on hotel and travel. For the Newport Beach Jazz Festival, for example, the authors note that the festival has "recently located to a new venue that's more suited to loud music and able to accommodate thousands of visitors." And for the Canterbury Fayre in England, they point out that the festival "has been associated with musical innovation and experimentation." (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Choice Review

Pruett and McGuirk cover 600 music festivals around the world, from the largest, a techno festival for world peace, to the smallest, a whistling festival in Tulsa, OK. The wide scope of festivals (alternative rock, world music, avant-garde jazz, bluegrass, reggae, medieval, and classical) makes this a valuable resource. Entries on each festival contain information such as dates, locations, scheduled events, price guidelines, Web sites, accommodation information, camping details, lists of recent performers, interviews with festival goers, and practical tips. For performers, it offers contact information for booking agents and deadlines for submissions. Following the list of festival entries are indexes by genre, location, month of festival, and an alphabetical index. Although no guide to festivals can be comprehensive, Tom Clynes's Music Festivals from Bach to Blues (1996) covers some 400 more festivals than Pruett and McGuirk's resource, but its worldwide scope makes this resource worth the money. Its paperback binding and chatty text make it the perfect traveling companion and useful in ready reference. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers. K. A. Abromeit Oberlin College