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.