By the time of the Notodden Blues Festival celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2007, the festival had experienced the highest of highs and rock bottom lows in its struggle to become what is now one of the most respected blues festivals in the world. Naturally, a collector’s book was published as part of this celebration of achievement.
Looking back, the festival had been through the formative years of the festival in the late 1980s to early 1990s. This had transformed the festival creators and followers from a pure ideological journey into the Blues to a growing festival that was transforming this small post-industrial town
in the mountains of south central Norway.
Notodden was fast becoming recognized as a home away from home for the Blues that came from far away from places like Mississippi, Memphis and Chicago. The Notodden Blues Festival continued to grow in size and stature through the years. By 1997, the Festival clearly could show how far it has come in less than a decade. The King of the Blues, B.B.King, plays two legendary concerts that are still spoken of to this day.
Notodden was honored as part of the Mississippi Blues Trail, and the connection with the Birthplace of the Blues and the sister city of Clarksdale is complete. This 10 year anniversary in 1997 was part of a string of successful years that was part of what became known as the Golden Years of the Festival were from around 1995-2002 “The Best Years” – as the energy was great-bands playing all over town in these small and larger venuesand“millions of kroners in the bank”. From the early 2000´s came challenges and problems, what is described as a “Big Drop” came gradually over a number of years. Over time, clouds began to grow on the horizon. Then came the “Women in the Blues” initiative in 2006, profiling local and national talents, something that became an important part of the festival for years to come. Then came the year 2007 and the 20th anniversary festival.
20 years of music, personalities and stories were then put into a hardcover book published in 2007 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the festival, containing anecdotes and wonderful photographs documenting the Notodden Blues Festival history from 1987 to 2007.Be sure to secure your piece of Blues history today – and get a lot of good stories, photos and memories at the same time!
Be sure to secure your piece of Blues history today – and get a lot of good stories, photos and memories at the same time!