PUBLISHED FRIDAY 30.10.2020
While we’re waiting for the next Roskilde Festival to happen, the festival's five-decades-old history is told in a brand-new book, The Last Dreamers (only available in Danish).
The book is released today – and although it is about Roskilde Festival, the book is not ours. It is written by Danish critic and journalist Anna Ullman who has spent over a year on doing research and numerous interviews with people with many different relations to Roskilde Festival. The Last Dreamers is the look of others at the festival that is yours and ours.
For some it will evoke memories, and for others it will be an introduction to the habits and thoughts of previous generations of creating a musical and activist community in a field on the outskirts of Roskilde.
The book also points to the future. It describes how Roskilde Festival has evolved with the society that surrounds it. How the festival was born out of the ideas of young activists half a century ago and onwards to the present day when free spaces and communities are still equally important but the premise of some parameters has changed. Roskilde Festival soon turns 50, but the participants still represent a youth generation of its own time. That's what the festival mirrors.
As the publishing house writes in its presentation of the book:
"Roskilde Festival is unequalled the 68 generation's greatest contribution to Danish cultural life. Post-war young people wanted to set their bodies free and find a utopian communal free space. The book analyses how Roskilde Festival as a self-declared festival of attitudes has developed both with and against the way of thinking from the youth revolution."