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Wow! A must read for British folk buffs!,
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This review is from: Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music (Paperback)
I have been interested in this music my whole life and my IPod is full of 1970s era British folk and folk rock. This book tells the whole story. Starting with William Morris, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Cecil Sharp, it traces the folk revival leading up to Fairport Convention's Liege and Leif, which the author considers the "high water mark" of English folk rock. From there the book spreads out to include the well-known and obscure British Folk Rock bands like Mr. Fox and such.
The final part of the book is less sucessful and deals with the decline of British Folk after 1975 and includes a lot of modern stuff that was not that interesting to me. But the first 500 pages is more than worth the money. Just be warned that once you start reading this you will be hooked and not be able to put it down until you get to the end. Very well researched and very well written with lots of little insider turns of phrase and anecdotes. Highly recommended!