To celebrate 10 years of Big Ears, AC Entertainment, Rock Fish Stew Institute of Literature and Materials and Hat & Beard Press worked closely with artist Kate Joyce—who photographed the festival, the people and surrounds of Knoxville over the last five years—to create a captivating time capsule, both of the last five years of performances at Big Ears and of the lyrical and visual language of Knoxville. The book consists of 69 color and black & white photographs, preface by Ben Ratliff, essays by Rachel Grimes and Joe Henry, and exclusive streaming access to a selection of audio recordings from performances at Big Ears between 2014-2018. The photographs were made under the influence of the music being performed in intimate venues throughout the city. Making pictures back and forth between city and festival—and subsequently during the editing process— was an exercise and challenge for Joyce to see and document as openly and as freely as the music had taught her to listen.
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