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  • By fairbanks.adam
    Feb 11, 2018
    As 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
  • By Robert Johnson
    Mar 26, 2013
    I couldn’t put it down it was such compulsive reading. I suppose everyone who lived through the 1960s will have their own version of what it was supposed to have been. I found this book to be a reflection of parts of what I remember, parts of what I have heard from other people, and accounts I have read: it therefor reads as a realistic account, but more than that it’s a heart-felt narrative, a romance, and adventure. I learnt all kinds of interesting things about music and art as I read – but never felt overwhelmed by the information, as it was so completely alive. In spite of the sad episodes, it’s full of humour. It’s also ripe with earthy wisdom that’s given in such an off the cuff way that I never felt preached at. It’s a description of a life similar to my own at times, but far more full-on. The message of the book seems to be: live every minute as if it was your last, be exactly what you wish to be, never give up, and never let anyone bully you. This is a brilliant memoire that... More > reads like a novel and leaves you with the sense that anyone can become a hero.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Aro Books worldwide
February 27, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.58 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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