Join Together:Forty Years of the Rock Music festival takes us behind the scenes of the major rock festivals such as Monterey Pop, Woodstock, Isle of Wight, Live Aid, Lollapalooza, Ozzfest, Live8, the US Festivals, Vans Warped Tour, SARSstock, Woodstock ’99, Coachella, Bonnaroo and dozens of other international events. Over 90 artists contribute their unique memories and perspectives on the music festival and its impact on rock music and society.
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Although popular music has changed and evolved through the years, one predominant aspect of the music scene is the festival. Whether destination, traveling or worldwide television events, the rock festival is a music and cultural phenomenon. The components change, the performers vary, the politics are updated and refocused, the outlets expand, the society of young people is celebrated, and the world watches with curiosity and fascination. Sometimes the music is standard and predictable, other times innovative and electrifying. In a world where anything goes, controversy is common…and anticipated. There’s something for everyone who attends, even though many times it might not be what they expected. It’s often the unpredictable, unique or bizarre moments both on the stage and off which make a festival memorable and sometimes a life-changing event. The festival is, after all, an extraordinary observance of the outrageous world of rock and roll.