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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571305458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571305452
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'What a great story this is . . . JP Bean has put together something definitive.' (Mojo, * * * * *)

'There are tales a-plenty . . . of penury and hardship, of sleeping on couches, floors, under tables and bridges, in doorways, even the most celebrated of the scene's performers often living like dossers . . . "It was magic, an astonishing moment," recalls Martin Carthy, without overstatement.' (Uncut, 9/10)

'An impressive list of contributors . . . In true folk tradition, a story worth handing on.' (Q, * * * *)

'Takes the reader from the revival's earliest stirrings to gigs at the hipsterish Magpie's Nest in present-day East London . . . there is a telling story or unforgettable vignette on almost every page.' (Guardian)

'Summons up the mottled charm of a different era . . . this was a time when the English Folk Dance and Song Society had Princess Margaret as a president. When singer Ian Campbell told her he lived in Birmingham, she replied: "How unfortunate." ' (Daily Telegraph)

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Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs, by J. P. Bean, is the remarkable history of British folk clubs, brought to Faber by Editor-at-Large Jarvis Cocker.

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