`A feast for anyone interested in Jansch or the 1960s' -- Scotsman
`A work of considerable importance ... intuitive and informed' -- Q Magazine
`An excellent biography of one of folk's cult figures ... Harper's
narrative is first-rate'
-- Independent on Sunday
`Compulsive reading' -- Folk Roots
`Harper's at his best when he digs deep into the microcosm of
British bohemia that the folk revivalists were a part of ... compelling' -- Will Hodgkinson, Guardian
The guitarists' guitarist and the songwriters' songwriter, the legendary Bert Jansch has influenced stars as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Paul Simon, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Donovan, Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Bernard Butler, Beth Orton and Laura Marling. Unassuming, enigmatic and completely focused on his music until his death in October 2011, he remained singularly resilient to the vagaries of fashion, being rediscovered and revered by new generations of artists every few years. Born in Edinburgh in 1943, Jansch became an inspirational and pioneering figure during Britain's 'folk revival' of the 1960s. In 1967 he formed folk/jazz fusion band Pentangle with John Renbourn and enjoyed international success until they split in 1973, when he returned to a solo career. In Dazzling Stranger
, Colin Harper looks at the career Jansch enjoyed, which has secured his standing as one of the true originals of British music.