A snippet of the piece I wrote about the Love Valley Rock Festival for The Believer’s music issue is online—right here—and of course I’m unreasonably excited about it. The full story is in the magazine, which should be out soon, or I guess is out now if your local bookmonger restocks magazines on a Sunday. The image above (which I first saw here while researching) is from the festival’s program and no one I talked to for the story could remember who drew it or printed it or where it came from, which seemed pretty apt. Here are photos a UPI stringer shot at the festival and posted online a couple years ago; this one, where the crowd recedes all the way up the hill until they’re just tiny bits against the sky and the treeline, is my favorite. It was such an enormous, beautiful mess and it was so fun to write about.
To share our joy over this year’s Music Issue, on stands July 1st, we’re offering $5 off the subscription (or renewal) price of the Believer! Your first issue features a free cassette of tape-only releases, curated by K Records’ Calvin Johnson. Dig out your Walkman (there’s a free digital download for those of you whose Walkman batteries have died) and listen to Mom, Soviet, the Shivas, Tomorrows Tulips, and more, while you read interviews with Lucinda Williams, Moby, Brian Chippendale, & Wes Borland, and essays on the grim nostalgia of the Ass Ponys, Anthony Heilbut on the history of the male soprano, the bizarre shadow world of library music, what we talk about when we talk about music (particularly Steely Dan), columns by Nick Hornby, Daniel Handler, Greil Marcus, and (of course) more.
Then, join Calvin and a rotating cast of bands from the mixtape as they tour Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and Brooklyn this August as part of the Believer Music Issue Road Show!
Order now and start your summer right.
Oh hey! Do you see those little words “HIPPIES VERSUS BIKERS IN LOVE VALLEY” at the bottom of the cover there? That is a thing I wrote! I’m really excited about it! I would like to encourage you to acquire this issue! It will probably be great for reasons unrelated to the thing I wrote but perhaps you will enjoy that also!