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All the Wrong Notes

All the Wrong Notes [Kindle Edition]

Dave Hadfield
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For getting on half a century, Dave Hadfield has followed the genres of music that grabbed his heart and mind in his youth. In All the Wrong Notes, he has written not just a musical memoire, but a personal and social history of the last 50 years.
Like a Zelig with a finger in his ear, Hadfield has been where folk music has happened and he describes it, affectionately but warts-and-all, in a way it has never been described before. His sure ear for the scene’s quirks and eccentricities produces unique takes on major figures like Bob Dylan, Ewan MacColl and Leonard Cohen, as well as celebrating the foot-soldiers and their role in keeping music from left-field alive. Humorous and provocative in equal measure, All the Wrong Notes is the key to a fascinating world of upstairs pub rooms, clog dancing and sea shanties, among much else.
With an introduction by the Bolton Bullfrog himself, Bernard Wrigley, the book is an ideal folk primer for anyone new to the genre and an entertaining ramble for those who know their gimbri from their mandolin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2775 KB
  • Print Length: 151 pages
  • Publisher: Scratching Shed Publishing Ltd (18 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #184,184 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A genial ramble round the English folk scene 6 May 2014
By Steve Mansfield VINE VOICE
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This book is part personal memoir, part more general overview of the English folk scene. The early chapters are about Hadfield's own performing career, while later chapters are more of a survey of the current folk scene, giving potted reviews and histories of most of the main protagonists.

Hadfield makes a genial and affable observer; there are no huge surprises or controversial revelations here, but that is not the point of the book. I'm not sure how much of interest there is in this book for those who don't know their Bellowhead from their Barely Works and their Unthanks from their Watersons - but I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end, and if you fancy a gentle ramble through English folk music from the 60s to the present day, this is the book for you. It also makes a genial colloquial counterpoint to the more structured and formal 'Singing From The Floor' by PJ Bean.
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