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A long overdue assessment.,
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This review is from: Fire and Wine - An Armchair Guide to Steve Ashley (Paperback)
Although far from prolific, over the past 40 years, Steve Ashley has proved himself to be one of the most distinctive English singer-songwriters, blending an understanding of traditional music, astute social commentary, and no small measure of wit. Dave Thompson's book is based firmly on interviews with Steve himself and associates, and traces his career from early group days, his first recording with Shirley Collins, the landmark 'Stroll On,' the CND 'Demo Tapes,' and through to the 21st-century renaissance culminating in 2006's 60th birthday concert album. The good news is that there's a new record in the pipeline. Of course, the one down side of a book like this is that it makes you wish for a companion CD set with all the unreleased material to which it refers (& those cassette-only 'Demo Tapes' have long since worn out!). A lot of lesser artists have had their BBC sessions packaged for public consumption - a set of Steve's would make an excellent accompaniment to this welcome career overview.