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4.0 out of 5 stars The Observation, 22 Sept. 2010
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This review is from: Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music (Paperback)
Now I must confess that I'm still only part way through the book but I can see both sides of the reviews listed. I too was disturbed to see the errors about the Donovan recordings and took the trouble to write to Rob Young about the errors that I'd found. I am, afraid to say, old enough to have bought the original albums at their time of issue!
That said, I do like the way that the works of Arnold Bax, Granville Bantock and others of the period is linked into the exploration of the folk influence. So I'm prepared to give the author the benefit of the doubt as I am definitely enjoying the book and it has got me thinking even if I don't necessarily agree with every word.
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2010 04:59:00 BDT
A.Sturgess says:
Mr Nicholls hits two nails smack on their respective heads with the comments "... I can see both sides of the reviews listed ..." and " ... it has got me thinking even if I don't necessarily agree with every word ...". It is illuminating to read both the reviews and the subsequent comments for those who give this book 3 stars or less. Several of these highlight factual errors and overly subjective thinking on the part of Rob D., but there is also so much else in this book that it remains worthy of huge credit.

As Mr Nicholls says, 'it sets you thinking' about the ways in which British society and (dare I say it) 'psyche' has been driven, moulded and echoed by recurrent themes, dreams and aspirations. The sweep of 'Electric Eden' is so vast that it is very hard to grasp at first - not because it is unclear, nor because the book is badly written, but more because it does indeed 'set you thinking' about something that is like an undiscovered secret that you become drawn into with a sense of growing excitement.

My advice is to acknowledge the flaws and errors, but to accept that in the overall view of things they are relatively minor. Instead, glory in the landscape of 'Eden' that Rob Young opens up for you to explore, investigate and marvel at.
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