- Paperback: 252 pages
- Publisher: Soundcheck Books (27 April 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0993212034
- ISBN-13: 978-0993212031
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
An Accidental Musician: The Autobiography of Judy Dyble Paperback – 27 Apr 2016
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as a present for a Fairport convention fan. Fascinating and quirky! A great read!Published 6 months ago by Jan
Ms Dyble has written, with assistance but no raspberries, a true, enchanting, heartening book that has no pretensions but delivers an accurate account of a fascinating life and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by K. S. Young
This is a wonderful book written with a distinctive and slightly child like (that's a good thing btw) simplicity and innocence- a sort of "I'm not sure how this all happened to... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hengus
Judy Dybles autobiography is a fascinating insite into the life and music scene of the the 1960s and beyond.For Fairport Convention fans this is a must read. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. T. Doyle
Very interesting account of the life of Fairport Convention's first singer. Written in a very easy style by a lady with no pretentions whatsoever.
I enjoyed it very much. Read more