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 careful curation, we are excited to share our first-ever book -- available now at shop.bluegrass.com.

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 Buy One?

The book went onsale at the Country Store inside the 41st Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. We still have some copies of the book which are available online at shop.bluegrass.com for $60 (including shipping & handling and taxes). Please allow several weeks for mail delivery.

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

Of course, you really need to hold the book in your own hands to appreciate the rich colors, classy design, and attention to every little detail. Check out the book in-person at fine booksellers around Colorado including: Boulder Bookstore, Tattered Cover (in Denver), Telluride Music Company, and Between the Covers (in Telluride).

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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