Sweetwaters: The Untold StoryIHP0082
So, what happened in ‘99? How could a celebration of peace, love, and music spiral downwards into the depths of violence, blackmail, and fear?
Sweetwaters, the iconic festival that brought so many people together during the heyday of sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, took a very public and controversial turn for the worse in 1999. Sweetwaters the book, written by festival organiser Daniel Keighley, sets the record straight.
This is a riveting look at an exhilarating period of music and creativity, full of such musicians as Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, Eurythmics, the Psychedelic Furs, UB40, The Pretenders, and Simple Minds, as well the cream of the Kiwi crop, and the people and the personalities of the time.
This fascinating autobiography details Keighley’s involment in and passion for connecting music and people, and is a blow-by-blow behind-the-scenes account of the now-notorious1999 festival. Keighley has a story to tell. His side of the story. Having recounted the heady highs of previous Sweetwaters events, he then leads you through the extreme lows that followed the demise of the 1999 event: gang violence, public slander, bankruptcy, and imprisonment. He writes of such deeply personal trials with blunt honesty, unflinching detail, and great humility.
Sweetwaters is, as the saying goes, the next best thing to being there - or perhaps better. the untold story is no longer secret. It is the concluding chapter in an incomplete saga.