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Review: Head, Hands & Feet:a book of OMBs

Roger the Skiffler 14 Feb 13 - 08:20 AM
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Roger the Skiffler 16 Feb 13 - 05:13 AM
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Subject: Review: Head, Hands & Feet:a book of OMBs
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 14 Feb 13 - 08:20 AM

When we were touring Canada a couple of years ago we stopped to listen to Dave Harris in Victoria on Vancouver island- a one-man band with an astonishing range of instruments. Later, he posted here asking for contributions to his book on One Man Bands. Later he announced its publication. I put it on my Amazon wishlist at Xmas but ended up buying it myself. It has now arrived. It must have been a real labour of love for Dave. It is a weighty tome (the postage is hefty as a result) but a bargain for the cover price. It is profusely illustrated, mostly in full colour. There is a history from drum and tabor to the electric guys and multi-continent coverage, strongest on North America. The largest chapter is a full biography of my favourite, Jess Fuller and the volume is accompanied by a creditably brief errata slip and list of those players whose details arrived too late for inclusion, with web contacts if available. A very handsomely produced volume I'll be dipping into and poring over for months and I recommend it to anyone who plays or is interested in multi-instrument players. As a retired librarian I was particularly pleased to see it is fully indexed.

RtS
(who has enough trouble playing kazoo & washboard together)


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Subject: RE: Review: Head, Hands & Feet:a book of OMBs
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 13 - 03:15 AM

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Subject: RE: Review: Head, Hands & Feet:a book of OMBs
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 16 Feb 13 - 05:13 AM

The full details are HERE

RtS


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Subject: RE: Review: Head, Hands & Feet:a book of OMBs
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 18 Feb 13 - 05:24 AM

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Subject: RE: Review: Head, Hands & Feet:a book of OMBs
From: maeve
Date: 18 Feb 13 - 07:11 AM

The book sounds interesting, Roger. I wonder if Bobert has seen it yet- he used to do a One Man Band show. I'll let him know.


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Subject: RE: Review: Head, Hands & Feet:a book of OMBs
From: maeve
Date: 18 Feb 13 - 07:24 AM

Here are two reviews:

"Up in Victoria on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, there is a wily busker keeping the old traditional folk blues flames burning. Busking, as you should know, is a noble, ancient profession dating back to the formation of the first cities... you can call him the supreme musicologist of one-man bands... global lovers of blues & roots music will find an unusual goldmine in that soon to be published book...Deep musical substance, serious musicological knowledge and more personal freedom than most anyone– and he managed to make a living at it for 35 years. Did I forget to say, 'Fun!' "
http://www.bluesmagazine.nl/head-hands-and-feet-a-book-of-one-man-bands-by-dave-harris

"Musician and author, Dave Harris has just released Heads, Hands and Feet, a 416 page hardcover book that chronicles over 900 one man bands! The book features large section on the earlier blues guys – Jesse Fuller (with great photos from Mary Katherine Aldin!), Joe Hill Louis and Dr Ross etc. Also covered are the mighty Hasil Adkins, Abner Jay, early country one man bands, The British scene, the punk scene (!) and the modern movement.
The book retails for $50 (US) + $25 shipping and can be purchased thru Harris' website. BTW, he offers discounts if you're a performing one man band!"
http://cigarboxguitar.com/2012/02/28/new-book-chronicles-one-man-bands/


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Subject: RE: Review: Head, Hands & Feet:a book of OMBs
From: Bobert
Date: 18 Feb 13 - 08:50 AM

Yeah, I used to do OMB but these days I am dependent on a neighbor to drive me to gigs and hauling all that stuff isn't possible... But, hey, I still have the drums and all set up in my garage...

The best current OMB'r is Ben Prestage... Ya'll Google him up and enjoy... Not to far behind Ben is Seasick Steve who is an American who lives and performs in the UK...

One of my favorite old time OMB was Dr. Ross, who is mentioned in the link above...

Guess I'm going to have to save up and get this book...

B~


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