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Goin'Home: The Uncompromising Life and Music of Ken Colyer Paperback – 7 Dec 2010

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ken Colyer Trust (7 Dec. 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0956294014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956294012
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 886,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paperback: 368 pages Publisher: Ken Colyer Trust (7 Dec 2010) Biography of jazz musician Ken Colyer

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By David on 25 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
I just cannot believe what a superb book Mr Pointon and Mr Smith have produced.It has everything and more about The Guv'nor and a CD as well.Wonderful,and my warmest congratulations to everyone who has been involved.The sort of Christmas present you dream of getting and here it is.Get one before they are sold out.
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By Barry McCanna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2016
Format: Paperback
Although this is described as a paperback, it is in fact a very solid piece of work, printed on high-grade paper throughout, and a pleasure to read. It traces Ken's roots, and gives the history of his much-publicised visit to New Orleans in great detail, from which it's clear that he made as much impression on the local musicians with whom he met and played as they did on him. It was an experience that both set him up for life, and fulfilled an emotional need which he endeavoured to attain subsequently. He was his own harshest critic, but it's apparent that his failure to communicate his thoughts to his fellow musicians, preferring instead to let them find their way simply by following his unrehearsed lead, was an underlying source of mutual frustration. In that regard, the break up of the Barber/Sunshine band is set out in greater detail than ever before, and from various points of view, from which it's possible to arrive at a fairly objective view of the problems involved.

I'd like to add two reminiscences of my own; the first dating from the all night carnival of jazz concert at Alexandra Palace on 25th January 1963. I think Ken and his group were the last ones to play, by which time the participants had somewhat thinned out, but some of the earlier players had hung on to see him. Ken began by inviting everybody to join him on the stage, where we simply sat at his feet while he played. The atmosphere changed from a somewhat self-conscious gathering to an informal and relaxed party. Johnny Bastable was dead on his feet, and kept nodding off; his place was taken by Acker Bilk's banjo player. The second occasion was at the other end of the scale, at a village hall in Halstead, Essex.
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A wonderful book....about possibly the most complex musician these shores have produced.....
A man sadly sometimes ignored by music historians...but one who influenced not only his own generation....but the next..by means of skiffle..(No Skiffle....No Beatles....!)
I superb read...beautifully illustrated...and with the CD that accompanies it....makes the perfect introduction to a giant of British music...

Buy It....You won't be disappointed!
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A must for all serious N.O. devotees--the letters home display Colyers talents as a writer and are particularly potent. As a whole this is a superbly produced volume which graphically illustrates the dedication and total commitment to his music which should be appreciated by a much wider public.
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