My focus shifts to music journalism and folk music. The interest was stimulated while listening to the Dave Van Ronk/Elijah Wald audio book, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. I gained valuable knowledge about the origins of the folk music era of the 50s and 60s in Greenwich Village, New York City through Dave’s insights and observations.
My musicology pursuit of folk moves to the shores of my English heritage as I prepare for Rob Young’s book, Electric Eden, Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music. The book calls me every time I peruse the music book section of my local Barnes & Noble store. I came very close to walking it to the cash register today 😉
Electric Eden covers with wide expanse the British folk music explosion during the 60s/70s. The author focuses on the major names, Fairport Convention, Pentangle, the Incredible String Band, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Steeleye Span. He is smart to not overlook dozens of lesser-known performers who are in tune with the Arcadian muse.
Let the music sampling on Spotify begin as I listen to Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span with some of The Incredible String Band thrown in for starters.