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Life in the Festivals: A Journey Into the Perpetual Hope Machine

Narrated by: John Michael Thomas
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins

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This story has to have a happy ending...

Every weekend, the tech rich of Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, find themselves intermingling with hippies, spiritual advisers, artists, and shamans in prehistoric lake beds and dilapidated warehouses while they listen to electronic dance music and do copious amounts of drugs. The richest people in the history of mankind are being transformed by this movement.

The transformational music festivals are changing the people who change the world...but will it be a world we'll want to live in?

What starts off as a cynical take on people who are "trying to find meaning where there is none," turns into an adventure that spans six months across all the major music festivals of the West Coast, ending at, the holy of holy places for the transformations, Burning Man.

Life in the Festivals is an honest look at this emerging world. Whether you agree with these people or not, you cannot deny their importance. This movement may just be the most interesting thing happening in the world.

Sometimes cynical and witty, other times humble and eye opening, Life in the Festivals is a must hear for anyone who is curious about this strange culture and events. As well as anyone who plans on attending Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, EDC or any of the other music festivals sprouting out of the West Coast of America. This cannot be life, but life can sometimes be this.

©2015 John Michael Thomas (P)2015 John Michael Thomas

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  • 28-10-15

Life Changing

I listened to this book on the way down to LA from San Francisco. Usually the drive requires switching back between audiobook, music, and an occasional phone call. But I couldn't stop listening. Life in the Festivals is more than a book about dance parties, drugs, modern hippies, and transformationals ... It's a book about a better way to live, and strangely, it has nothing to do with escaping reality (in spite of all the drug use mentioned in the book).

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