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Thread #103538 Message #2114692
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
30-Jul-07 - 09:38 AM
Thread Name: Real story of Vin Garbutt & Cambridge
Subject: RE: Real story of Vin Garbutt & Cambridge
On the other thing of it damaging his career. i don't suppose, he gives a stuff nowadays - what's one festival out of so many, and with so much adulation as there is for him on the folk scene - he must count his career a great success.
I think maybe 30 years ago - what damage could be done, was done. In those days his wonderful onstage manner seemed to have put his feet firmly on the ladder that had taken Connolly, Harding and Carrot onto 'greater things' - as they say.
i think graham parker with his song Squeezing Out Sparks on the same subject, did much worse out of the deal. theres no such thing as being a moderate success as a recording artist - you're either a name that shift units or you not, and that song did for him.
You have to see it in the context of its times. the whole progressive movement was under attack, Thatcher was waiting in the wings (and making overtures to the BNP voters), gits like Cox and dyson and Kingsley Amis were bringing out The Education Black Paper.
Artists like Vin and Parker were to some extent biting the hand that fed them.
That neocon anti liberal thing is still very much in power and still has America by the balls. I still don't feel safe from it.