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London's 1960s Folk/Blues Scene.

GUEST,Tunesmith 31 Jan 18 - 12:53 PM
Big Al Whittle 31 Jan 18 - 09:52 PM
Jim McLean 01 Feb 18 - 01:26 PM
GUEST,Robin 01 Feb 18 - 08:23 PM
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Subject: London's 1960s Folk/Blues Scene.
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 31 Jan 18 - 12:53 PM

Now, Colin Harper's " Dazzling Stranger " covers London's folk music scene, but are there other publications devoted to that period.
For example, does Ralph McTell 's autobiography have much about that scene. ( btw, what year does Ralph's book go up you.) .


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Subject: RE: London's 1960s Folk/Blues Scene.
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 31 Jan 18 - 09:52 PM

I think Ralph is a bit too much of a gentleman to recall in public the scene as it befell.

Also it was pretty obvious from early days that certain graduates of the scene were taking to the possibility of a music career in a very highly motivated fashion.

You have to remember - in the background was the example of the people on the pop scene. Apparently making huge fortunes and leading exciting lives. The great stars of the Les Cousins scene had an unearthly feel, as though they were visiting us.

Harper's book is a nice thing. Its great that someone namechecked and catalogued some of the main players. But compared to the shit lives most of us were living - the Les Cousins big hitters seemed incredibly starry.


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Subject: RE: London's 1960s Folk/Blues Scene.
From: Jim McLean
Date: 01 Feb 18 - 01:26 PM

Singing from the Floor by JPBean is worth a look.


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Subject: RE: London's 1960s Folk/Blues Scene.
From: GUEST,Robin
Date: 01 Feb 18 - 08:23 PM

I guess James Taylor was there then... yes? I know his first record was made and released in the U.K. A friend carried it around before we had ever heard of him! Sorta like Eva Cassidy! An American vocalist discovered in England AFTER she had passed away... so sad...


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