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Excellent book on acid folk,
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This review is from: Seasons They Change: The Story of Acid and Psychedelic Folk (Paperback)
Jeanette Leech's "Seasons they change" is an excellent and enjoyable book about acid (or psychedelic) folk, and you may be surprised to find how many artists can be tagged "acid folk". She handles the subject in a sympathetic and gentle way and if her style is somewhat terse, this is quite likely due to space limitations - considering the 350+ pages (though personally I wouldn't object to a considerabe expansion).
It's obviously well-researched and apparently she's spoken to quite a few of the artists she writes about. And there are a lot of them. I rummaged through my collection and practically all of them feature in this book (which made me realise how much of an acid folkie I am!). From the pivotal Incredible String Band to Pearls Before Swine, from COB to Circulus, from Vashti Bunyan to Holderlins Traum, from Mr Fox to Stone Breath, they're all here (except for, puzzlingly, Faun Fables).
Leech sticks to the facts and embellishes these with quotes from those involved, and thus avoids unnecessary and unwanted notions. When she does ventilate opinions (for a large part in her assessment of who's important and who's less so) I generally agree with her. She bravely undertakes to bring a narrative thread to the multitude of facts, persons and times she brings up, and this is perhaps the area where she's least successful - but no blame there as far as I'm concerned. Additional editing should eliminate a few typos like "Quicksilver Message Service".
The physical aspect of the book is fine as well, excepting its binding - it takes some effort to keep it open.
A warning is due: this book is dangerous. It makes you want to look into artists you weren't aware of, which will certainly drain more money from your pocket. Otherwise, it's highly recommended, nay, quite obligatory for all who take interest in folk that's not solely "trad.arr".
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Initial post: 28 Jan 2011 19:39:06 GMT
thanks for the helpful review....and the warning.
Posted on 29 Jul 2012 05:47:01 BDT
A. Holliday says:
If this book's dangerous 'Electric Eden' is lethal! (at least I had most of these)
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2012 02:38:24 GMT
William M. Feagin says:
"Electric Eden" is definitely lethal - I've been on a steady buying spree since I finished the book! Happily, I had a lot of the stuff Rob Young mentions in that book, but more that I did not, which includes the classical music he discusses in the early chapters (and you can believe I'm going after that as well).
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