50 SUMMERS OF MUSIC
Publication of the 50th anniversary book for the Montreux Jazz Festival on 15 June 2016 by Éditions Textuel
|Texts by Arnaud Robert Preface by Mathieu Jaton, director of the Montreux Jazz Festival
Release date: 15 June 2016
45€, 69 CHF 400 pages, 175 photographs
Co-published by Éditions Textuel and Montreux Jazz Festival
Cover: Dizzy Gillespie doing his gym exercises on the carpet of the Montreux Palace in 1975. © Giuseppe Pino
|June 1967: on Lake Geneva, Switzerland, a ball of energy named Claude Nobs embarks on one of the most exciting musical adventures of our time. fifty years later, the story of the Montreux Jazz Festival is told by those who made it. The voice of Nina Simone, the trumpet of Miles Davis and the guitar of B.B. King echo through these candid recollections by people like Quincy Jones, Carlos Santana and Lenny Kravitz. Sixty stars relive highlights in the history of live music, a history that Montreux is still writing. Their words are echoed in 175 photographs, many previously unpublished, which capture this legendary festival, both backstage and onstage.
A half century of emergencies, of unbelievable stories, and of incandescent beauty. A half century of audiovisual recording archives now registered as a World Heritage by UNESCO.
This story, which is still being written, is presented through nearly 200 photographs. Mostly never before published, these images bring this legendary festival to life, on stage and behind the scenes. This book does not claim to tell “the beautiful history” of this unique festival. It leaves that to the artists.
50th Montreux Jazz Festival from 1 to 16 July 2016 www.montreuxjazzfestival.com
Relive the best moments of this musical odyssey through our interactive video: www.montreuxjazz.com/50