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Tapestry of Delights: Revisited Paperback – 25 May 2006


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  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Borderline Productions; Revised edition edition (25 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899855157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899855155
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 29.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,196,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The comprehensive guide to British music of the Beat, R and B, Psychedelic and Progressive, eras 1963 - 1976. This is a completely revised and updated version of a book originally published in 1995, when it was nominated as the 4th Best Music Book of '95 by Record Collector, and described as an "impressive 600 page job, that includes more across the board info than most rock encyclopedias" by "Q Magazine". Since then many entries have been rewritten, more have been added, and all have been updated to include relevant releases since 1995. The book covers British rock and pop between 1963-76. It includes full discographies (albums, EPs, singles and retrospectives) for almost all entries as well as personnel details, biographical information, in most cases some comment about the music, compilation listings and an up-to-date rarity scale. A wide range of musical genres are covered: mainstream rock and pop, Merseybeat, R and B, folk, folk-rock, jazz-rock, blues-rock, psychedelia, freakbeat, glam-rock, progressive rock, including many artists who didn't attract the publicity they deserved at the time, and many who've never appeared in music encyclopedias before.

It is profusely illustrated, and includes 12 pages of colour.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. H. Barker on 16 Jun 2006
This is a truly astounding piece of work. The substantial paperback is the size of a telephone directory, running as it does to almost a thousand pages. Covering 1963 to 1976, it includes pretty much every band that ever had a record releaseed, complete with biog, personnel and discography. Leafing through the pages is a journey of discovery and for 40-50 somethings the whole era comes flooding back! Inevitably there are one or two typos, one or two musician's names incorect or personnel missing, and so far I have found one entry which is factually incorrect (from personal experience as a musician of that era) but all is forgiven as you find fascinating entry after entry - and all those wonderful album covers!

I think that this would have to be one of my Desert Island books!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I. Josland on 9 Oct 2006
This is a wonderful book, full of information about bands we know and love to bands we have never encountered before. Sure, it is a little subjective in places but this heavy tome of nearly 1000 pages shows a person dedicated to his work. There is a wealth of information and knowledge in this book and is genuinely value for money. There are plenty of colour pics of classic and 'lost' records and plenty of black and white photos of covers interspersed throughout the book. Vinyl, cd and any reissues of the albums and singles are all documented and where any vital tracks have appeared on compilations over the years.

Not a book you would wish to read from cover to cover but one to delve into and savour from time to time. You will read about some almost unknown bands and you will want to track their output down.

If you intend to carry it around with you, get those arms in trim first!
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This is an absolute must for any discerning fan or collector of 60s/70s music. It's a companion to the other two main Joynson books, "Dreams, Fantasies & Nightmares" covering Canadian, Australasian, Latin American and South African bands/singers and "Fuzz, Acid & Flowers" covering US bands/singers. It covers British bands and singers from 1963 - 1976, from the well-known to the totally obscure. Spiggy Topes & The Turds anyone? Oh and did anyone but me buy The Spectrum's album and singles in the late 60s/early 70s?

Once again, some of the more glaring errors of the original edition (to be expected in a tome of this size I suppose) have been corrected and some new entries made. Years ago I started to compile a list of corrections as requested in the book but I gave up, as there were so many (no insult to the author intended).

It's an excellent reference book and even a good read, though being basically a list, not in the conventional sense. Just jumping in anywhere and looking through the band names, listing members, what they played, plus album and single details, you'll often come across some name you know and find they previously played in an obscure band you don't. Appendices index singer/band names alphabetically and list some compilation albums.

Again, this is total value for money even in soft-back format at full price but especially discounted as here. I have the original issue but nevertheless just had to buy this revised edition too.

As stated elsewhere, my one reservation is that I've never managed to obtain any hard-back copies of these three books, which are usually advertised before their release and I therefore seriously wonder whether they actually exist.

If they do, Vernon, I'll have a free copy of each please for giving the books consistently excellent reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Slee on 17 Oct 2009
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A great reference for anyone interested in UK rock/pop from the late 60s/early 70s. Mose bands are here. I've only caught it out a couple of times. Only drawback is it would be better with a bit of 'critique' of the music.
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The only problem I have with Vernon's bible is the small fortune in new music it has cost me, but considering some of the great artists I've discovered through this fantastic compendium, I think he can be forgiven. The short descriptions of the albums are normally enough to give a general impression of what to expect, and when I then get the album myself, I generally tend to agree with his assessment of it. There is a lot of material on many bands I'm not interested in, but that goes with the territory. Important is that if I pick up any compilation of 60s or 70 artists, I can probably find information on nearly every band on it, no matter how obscure. I've checked through my many compilations, and it is very seldom when a band is not listed, normally because it's an acetate which was not an official release, or it's a song publicly released for the first time. If I were Vernon, I'd seriously think of trying to get some kind of commission from Amazon and the re-issue record companies, for he has certainly generated sales of countless thousands of CDs through his monumental work.
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