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‘Festival fanatic’ editor pens book charting 50 years of Glastonbury

Paul Jones casual ed pic 1A weekly newspaper editor who has covered the Glastonbury Festival for almost two decades has written a book documenting 50 years of performances at the event.

Paul Jones, left, who edits the Newsquest-owned County Gazette in Somerset, has published View From The Stage: 50 Years of Glastonbury by the People that Played.

Originally conceived as a newspaper supplement to mark the event’s half-century this year, it ‘soon got out of control’ and grew into a book.

It features performers from across five decades of Glastonbury discussing their performances and experiences at Worthy Farm, inclouding the likes of Oasis, Fairport Convention, Shaun Ryder, Status Quo, Frank Turner and Toploader.

Said Paul: “I started documenting performances for a supplement in the newspaper but it soon got out of control. So we thought perhaps the best way to let people read all of these wonderful tales in one place was in a book.

“Glastonbury has been such a huge part of my life, and is such a feature of our county calendar, it’s amazing to be a part of something which documents these amazing memories.

“Talking about Glastonbury with such amazing performers, hearing their take on some show-stopping sets, was something a festival fan can only dream of.

“I loved every minute of it and I hope all music fans – not just Glastonbury-goers – will take something out of it.”

View From The Stage: 50 Years of Glastonbury by the People that Played, priced at £5, is initially being sold in St Margaret’s Hospice shops across Somerset, but can be purchased online via

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