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Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music

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Collectively, this music means a lot to him; it represents, he argues, “British folk-rock’s high-water mark. We are always on the lookout for talented artists who are passionate about creating exceptional music. You may begin to hear the clotted chords of the Spinal Tap song “Break Like the Wind” welling up in the background. Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes.

The songs were, in fact, the transmitters of those myths, evoking an older, predominantly agrarian England that increasingly existed only in memory. In a sweeping panorama of Albion's soundscape that takes in the pioneer spirit of Cecil Sharp; the pastoral classicism of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Peter Warlock; the industrial folk revival of Ewan MacColl and A. But no one should assume that British folk music is as “up from the soil” as all that, and Young doesn’t make his case. A sweeping panorama of Albion’s soundscape, from the pioneer spirit of Cecil Sharp to the visionary pop of Kate Bush, Julian Cope and T alk Talk, via the folk influences of Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Pink Floyd, Mr Fox, Trees and the early outdoor music festivals, Electric Eden presents a landmark reading of this island’s music, and the spirit that informs it.Folk, be it traditional, mystical, mythical, radical or experimental, is a living, breathing form, Young believes. These lines about the early years of the British psychedelic movement are so terrific that they contain the seeds of a sour, funny, lovely Philip Larkin-ish poem . He originally conceived “Electric Eden,” he says, as a group biography of artists including Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Pentangle, Vashti Bunyan and the Incredible String Band. The electric EDEN pays tribute to the original Citroën Méhari while perfectly meeting today's constraints in terms of equipment and safety certification. Electric Eden begins modestly as an account of folk rock in the sixties and seventies, and soon is sweeping boldly through time, turning up an alternative and often darker history of England, and subtly undermining the received wisdom on tradition, nostalgia, pop song, and high modernist theories of culture.

And he doesn't just stick to music; like Greil Marcus with a thirst for ancient paganism and postmodern urban theory, Young weaves a poetic, philosophical tapestry as rich and heady as the songs he champions. He wrote the first two in Black Dog Publishing's Labels Unlimited series of illustrated record company biographies: 'Warp' (2005) and 'Rough Trade' (2006). By rights, the book ought to tell us something about British folk music, and at times it does do just this. If you think this reads like someone trying too hard, then it might not be for you, but I just loved every page. and there is a very useful discography at the end of the book, which lists the key albums from the uk folk genre.Rob Young really has gone the extra mile in putting together a book that is very high on detail whilst retaining a very readable style.

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