an odd boy - volume one [paperback]
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Volume one of an odd boy is a memoire of an eccentric aficionado of Bach and Blues, poetry and painting. A portrait of the artist as a lad, set in the experimental cultural ferment of the late 1960s. It is a coming-of-age adventure, both surreal and innocent, humorous and poignant, depicting an era when the Arts set a generation’s imagination on fire. The author’s life is a rare roulette wheel of childhood wonder and tragic debacles; a debilitating stammer and a powerful singing voice; bad luck and fierce good fortune. At 16 he’s travelled far in human experience from the midnight expedition he made to the crossroads at the age of 12.
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Feb 11, 2018As someone who grew up much too late to experience the artistic outpouring of the 1960s and early 70s first hand, this is like a back stage pass to the show. As an artist, I feel great kinship to these four volumes of "an odd boy". In some respects, this story of a young Englishman setting out for nothing less than a life immersed in the Arts, is a coming-of-age story that rings true across generations of seekers. But what makes it so mesmerizing is the completely individual revelation of this particular story. Doc Togden's life is certainly one for the books and it makes compelling reading. I often found myself aghast at how such bad luck and good fortune could go hand in hand. There is a sense of never knowing what might possibly come next in this wild ride down musical backstreets, romantic encounters and artistic crossroads. It's a performance that leaves you hanging on and stakes out an inspiring roadmap of artistic expression along the way. I found myself jumping down... More > rabbit hole after delightful rabbit hole searching out bands, bluesman, visual artists, plays, songs, poets and performers, the individuals and outposts touched upon along the way. These four volumes pay tribute to the many sources that made the heralded 60s such a rampant time of exploration and discovery as the odd boy navigates his way through them adding his own contributions. And maybe the most lasting, is the culmination that reveling in this world is an artistry all its own. Long live "an odd boy." It lives with me. It lives with all those who let the arts pervade every aspect of experience.< Less
Mar 20, 2013I knew I was going to like this book as soon as I saw the cover – but I didn’t know I was it was going to become one of my all-time read-it-over-and-over books. Doc Togden is a modern-day Jack Kerouac – but without being in any way derivative of that author. The writing style is so clear, fresh and vivid that I was thrown back in time to 1960s and all the excitement of that time. I’ve never read a memoire that reads so much like a novel – and yet it deeply personal. It is a highly informative read too – but without seeming too deliberately educational. The characters of Doc’s friends Steve, Ron and Jack end up feeling like people I’ve known personally. I look forward to reading the next three volumes with high anticipation. Highly recommended.
Sep 22, 2011An Odd Boy by Doc Togden is unlike any other biography I’ve ever read. The author is an artist who hasn’t fallen into the vain cynicism that is the hallmark of the twentieth century intellectual. In fact, the author never claims to be an intellectual while clearly conveying the true mark of intelligence: kindness and appreciation for the people and culture around him in his life. The author doesn’t present his story with rose colored glasses, but instead focuses on the realization he experiences of himself as an artist and the things which occurred in his life which lead him to this realization. He presents to the reader the possibility of the teenage years being a time for something other than the stereotypical inner conflicts and immature dalliances which we typically assume are the common experiences of adolescence. One of the more interesting unconventionalities of this text is the author’s integration of song lyrics into the narrative, which complements the narrative text and... More > adds a certain surrealism to the story. It reads as if the art that was going on around the writer was in fact an actual part of his life. If the reader is someone who has ever had suspicion of the popular culture around them, this reader will definitely find the narrator an empathic character. I highly recommend it.< Less
Aug 19, 2011At the tide rising cliff hanging end of volume one, I can hardly say I am finished with this book, nor that it is finished with me. I can say that if you are an artist, and yet if you are not sure you know how exactly that defines you, you definitely want to read this inspiring elegy to poetry and Blues.
Aug 9, 2011Simply the best book I ever read. In this book I find the inspiration to be an artist. I highly recomend it.
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- Aro Books worldwide (Standard Copyright License)
- Aro Books worldwide
- July 24, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.26 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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