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Songs in the Key of Fife: The Intertwining Stories of the Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston and the Fence Collective [Paperback]

Vic Galloway
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1 Aug 2013
The East Neuk of Fife may seem like an unusual place for a musical revolution. However, in amongst the sleepy fishing villages and rolling fields, a small community of gifted musicians has quietly crept up on the world. From psychedelic troubadours the Beta Band to the mult-million-selling KT Tunstall, acclaimed singer-songwriter James Yorkston and the reigning monarch and lynchpin of the Fence Collective, King Creosote, Songs in the Key of Fife plots the unique, intertwining tales of these Fifers from their schooldays to the present day. This fascinating story, full of personal anecdotes and insights, provides an in-depth look at a unique collective of musicians who have experienced the extreme highs and the desperate lows of the music business over 20 years and why this craggy outpost on the east coast of Scotland is responsible for providing us with so many talented artists.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon An Imprint of Birlinn Limited (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846972353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846972355
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback of the Week - an involved saga with fascinating characters criss-crossing each others paths over many years...The story has the advantage of being told by Vic Galloway who has been there since the start and knows the dramatis personae, better than a Johnny Come Lately journalist ever could. --The Herald

'A remarkable insight into the pitfalls of the music industry... I'd go so far as to say it's essential reading for any young musician in Scotland thinking about trying to make a go of it - not least for the rude awakening it may offer before their dreams are shattered. But it also shows how success can be achieved against seemingly insurmountable odds' --The Scotsman

'A great read for any up and coming artist determined to make a go of it' --The Scots magazine

'DJ turned author Galloway does a superb job of documenting the lives of these artists, misfits and 'heads', not least because he is a Fife lad himself' --Mojo

About the Author

Vic Galloway is a BBC Radio broadcaster and TV presenter whose radio programmes have been broadcast for more than a decade on Radio 1, Radio Scotland and 6 Music. He has presented the T in the Park coverage and other music shows and documentaries for BBC1 and 2, and his music journalism has appeared in a number of publications, including the Times and The Herald. Vic is also a musician and member of the Fence Collective, having grown up in the village of Kingsbarns in the East Neuk of Fife. As a childhood friend of many members of the Fence Collective, he is well placed to tell this fascinating story with personal insights and anecdotes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any aspiring musicians 14 Oct 2013
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This book is a must-have for any aspiring musicians living in the provinces i.e outside London. The book avoids controversy and stirring up animosity and focuses on how a bunch of hard working people, making something of value, have stood the test. Particularly insightful in showing the changing landscape of the music industry from the nineties through to the present day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Behind The Fence 2 Sep 2013
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Just finished the book and found it a brilliant read. Vic does a braw job of outlining the birth of The Fence Collective right through to the present day. Vic has been involved with TFC,playing in some of the bands and championing their music on his radio shows. It was fascinating for me as I have met a few of the individuals in the book and it brought back some of my own heady memories of the Edinburgh/east coast music scene in the early `90s.

Vic's enthusiasm and love of the Fence collective and various people who helped bring The FC to life ,runs throughout the book. He is close friends with many of protagonists and I was wondering if this might result in a slight rose tinted view of events. However, Vic uses his close relationship with them and gets some revealing and often candid observations. While it is not a warts and all story, some difficult stories are covered The fractious relationship between the Anderson brothers, Kenny ( King Creosote), Gordon ( Lone Pigeon, Aliens, Beta Band) and Een ( Pip Dylan) reveal the occasional love/loathing relationship with music and Fife it self. Vic also details the Gordon Anderson's mental breakdown, which is quite a harrowing read. Steven Mason ( Beta Band, King Biscuit Time) James Yorkstone and KT Tunstall and many others also give insights into how this small scene gave them the chance to develop their music and their creativity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Glimpse Into The Fence Collective 24 Aug 2013
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Vic Galloway's brilliant book about the artists associated with the Fence Collective provides a real insight into the key personalities involved and the music itself. Best music biog of 2013 so far - it does what all good music books should do and makes you search out the music - a Fence sampler CD / download would have been a great accompaniment.
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It takes a Fifer to know a Fifer. Not only is Vic Galloway a revered Radio DJ and host at T in the Park, he is also a musician and a Fifer who spent his early years in the company of many of the subjects of this excellent book. The essence of Fence was support and respect whilst allowing themselves to work individually but helping each other at the same time. A true collective.

It takes a lot of like minded individuals to make the community ethic work. It was a good balance and it's a great story. This wonderful book is like ten separate biographies of artists whose life and work intertwine as part of the greatest biography of all....Fence itself. The shop, the lable and the collective. The authors close relationship with many of the subjects has allowed him to explore far deeper than conventional biographies and reveal many frank and deeply personal insights into the lives and movements of this unique and inspirational organisation. This wonderful book is particularly relevant because it's release coincides with a new chapter as the original Fence reaches the end of it's natural life and is about to evolve in to two new and exciting futures.

I loved this book and it left me revisiting so many of my treasured albums and seeking out new ones, all of which are covered in this exquisitely researched work. Highly recommended!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative 3 Jan 2014
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This book was on a subject I knew absolutely nothing about. I knew a great deal more after reading it and the learning process was enjoyable!
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