Our Book: 40 Years of Festivation

Early years of Telluride Bluegrass
Hardbound in Spanish Leather with
debossed Sam Bush lenticular image

After years of research, writing, and curation, we are excited to announce the publication of our first-ever book -- debuting on June 19 at the Country Store inside the 41st Annual Telluride Bluegrass.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival: 40 Years of Festivation is a gorgeous 216-page, elegantly hardbound collector's edition book (just 5,000 copies in print). The book features more than 350 photos; essays by Sam Bush, Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Douglas, Winston Marshall (of Mumford & Sons), and several dozen others; gorgeous full-page reproductions of each year's art poster; and year-by-year accounts by our 29-year festival MC Pastor Mustard. View more photos of the book in this Facebook gallery.

How Do I Get One?

The book will go onsale in-person on Thursday, June 19 at the Country Store inside the 41st Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival for the festival price of $50 (including tax). Books will be shrink-wrapped to protect them from the elements at the festival.

Elks Park stage (photo: Benko Photographics)
New Grass Revival & Friends in 1987
(photo Benko Photographics)

In addition we have set aside some books to be available online at shop.bluegrass.com beginning on Thursday, June 19 for $60 (including shipping & handling and taxes). Please allow several weeks for mail delivery.

Please note: We have only printed 5,000 copies of this limited hardbound edition, so the book will only be available while supplies last. (10,000 Festivarians attend Telluride Bluegrass every year, so these could sell quickly.)

Coverage in the Press

Sneak Peek

Each festival year features: a gorgeous full-page reproduction of the festival artwork opposite an essay by Pastor Mustard, the year's complete festival lineup, and stunning photos curated from dozens of photographers over the festival's 40 years. Interleaved throughout the years are personal essays from over two dozen festival artists and crew, as well as break-out spreads on unique Telluride Bluegrass institutions including the tarp run, the House Band, and the mythology of Festivarians and Planet Bluegrass.

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