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An Accidental Musician: The Autobiography Of Judy Dyble by [Dyble, Judy, Thompson, Dave]
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"Do read it." --Mojo

"A delightful cut above... 4 stars." --Record Collector

"Her quietly quirky recollections glow with warmth... 7/10" -- Classic Rock

"Engaging memoir" --R2

About the Author

Born in 1949, Judy Dyble was the original female singer with Fairport Convention, replaced by Sandy Denny. She then teamed up with Robert Fripp for Giles, Giles and Fripp before forming Trader Horne with ex-Them singer Jackie McAuley. She married In 1973 and left the music business. Her husband died in 1994, which devastated her, In 2003, she felt able to restart her music career, releasing albums to great critical acclaim. She is probably better known now than at any other time in her life.

Dave Thompson is the British born author of over 100 books, largely dealing with rock and pop music (The Fall, Patti Smith, Rod Stewart, The Sparks and many more), but also covering film, sports, philately, numismatics and erotica. He lives in Newark, Delaware and is married to writer Amy Hanson.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6482 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Soundcheck Books (10 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #415,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I found Jude's book both a joy and a privilege to read. A joy because of the insights into the world of the Notting Hill Underground music scene. Many years after the events some of the characters are legends, larger than life figures and sometimes insanely wealthy. This narrative reminds us of the reality of the seminal years of every new music scene. The squalid digs, the sheer tedium of touring, poverty, bad diet, rip-off record companies et al. The players are as ever in their late teens or barely out of them.
A privilege to learn my aunt's life story, with all its highs and lows. And whatever help she had from her co-author, this is absolutely Jude's authentic voice. The self-deprecation, delicate timidity and always seeing the best in others. Qualities which seemed to disqualify her from great success in the music business, but which protected her from the self-destruction that brought down so many of her contemporaries. New youth movements are defined not only by their clothes and their music but also by their outlook on life. Angry punks, cocky mods: Jude's book evokes that pastoral, ethereal and good-humoured optimism of the early folk rock and psychedelic movement - as well as its outrageous sexism. The rest of us called them hippies, a term Jude conspicuously avoids.
A privilege too to have my beloved Uncle Simon brought back to life. He was a huge influence on my parents' life, DJ-ing their whacky parties and depositing his tripping pals on our floor. He also gave me my lifetime love of Hendrix, Zappa, Santana, Cream; bands relegated to the second-hand bins by the mid-Seventies.

There are lots unexpected tales too. I was amazed to read of Jude's association with Astralasia, whose album Pitched Up At The Edge Of Reality is a favourite of mine.
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Judy Dyble writes in simple, direct terms of her lifelong involvement in some of the most influential music to grace the folk/rock/pop/prog/poetry world...reading the book feels like chatting with an old and trusted friend. She is unpretentious, honest and very endearing...I found it fascinating and heartwarming, definitely one of the best music related autobiographies I have read.
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The influence of folk-rock band Fairport Convention has been wide and long-lasting. Various members of the band have peeled off from the mothership and founded their own bands such as Steeleye Span, Fotheringay, and Trader Horne. This is the autobiography of Fairport’s first lead singer, Judy Dyble. Don’t just expect a prose account of the ramifications of that band, which was founded in 1967. Judy is a highly literate and witty lady with a neat hand in quirky and off-beat humour, witnessed by her diary entries which are interspersed with the narrative. These snippets of her daily life sometimes touch on the poetical. But back to the music…

This book gives a deep and personal insight into the pre-digital days of music and recording and takes us through the transition that Judy herself experienced into a music scene dominated by computerised recording and social media. We’ve had previous glimpses into the world of Muswell Hill from which Fairport arose, thanks to a number of biographies of members of the band and histories of the folk-rock movement. What you get here is the view from the inside by someone who grew up in North London and experienced the Flower Power years as a teenager, immersing herself in every possible variety of music and art. You get a flickering magic-lantern view of school, parties, music, teenage pranks and the sheer enjoyment of growing up in the Sixties. You also get a deep sense of the bond of friendship between the musical teenagers that has lasted down the years to this day.

Then come gigs with Fairport, the experimentation with music by a band who knew no musical boundaries. We learn the fascinating details of the clunky procedures of pre-digital recording techniques and hear of the boredom of time spent in black-hole studios.
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Judy Dyble was born into an exciting era, where simply to be on the music scene was to mix with some iconic musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and Robert Fripp. Her tales of life in the early Fairport Convention and beyond are interwoven with diary entries from the modern day, when she has once again returned to liver performance and recording albums with interesting musicians.

Her good nature is there for all to see and Dave Thompson has done a great job in translating Judy's story onto the page. A lovely, resilient lady and tough as old boots, the Countess De La Bedoyere tells of her life, without exaggeration or affectation. An informative and enjoyable read. Buy it. I already have, twice (once for me and once for my sister's birthday) she being of similar *cough* vintage.
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Yet another bio/autobio of yet another rock personality? Not this time, folks! Judy Dyble, the erstwhile (original) "girl singer" for the iconic British folk-rock group Fairport Convention (and - are briefly - King Crimson) has written, with the able help of Dave Thompson (who, among other things, was there to make sure she "wasn't in two places at once", I'm told!), an absolutely fascinating story of her varied life in music and her various other pursuits. What separates her story from so many others is that most of them are much more ... what ... famous? ... and therefore their stories have been told and retold, many times over in some cases. Judy's story celebrates her at times rather ordinary life (not done yet, incidentally!) which is frankly at least as interesting as the various and considerable brushes with the rich(er) and famous - Hendrix, Robert Fripp, Pink Floyd, Richard Thompson and many other "names" from the folk and rock communities since the mid-60s. What also makes this story distinctive is her easygoing, self-deprecating style - there's little evidence of any giant ego, a rarity in itself.

She comes across as someone you'd like to know, someone you'd like to have a cuppa with. She likes plants and gardening. She like dogs (especially her beloved Betty, the latest in a line of rescued greyhounds). All these things come out in her story: the little things like her knitting onstage when not singing, the wrangling of her at times unwieldy autoharp (and its sharp string-ends), the creature discomforts of gigging in the early days.

The title (An Accidental Musician) is well chosen; most of her career does seem to have stemmed from chance encounters. Of course, it helped.
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