an odd boy - volume two [paperback]
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The peak of the British Blues Boom - and Savage Cabbage the band who could have rivalled Cream. At their height they were billed with Rory Gallagher's Taste at 'Colonel Barefoot's Rock Garden' where psychedelic lyrics and electric blues ignited the night. The arts became rampant street-culture - roaring like wildfire from '68 to '70: Doc's exotic final school years. A tragic chaotic emotional hiatus thrusts him choicelessly on stage alone, as a weird solo-Bluesman with a maniacal talk-in. He meets John Martyn, Jo Ann Kelly, and Mike Cooper. Art School looms and Doc finds himself standing alone with his Blues harp and faux-resophonic guitar - waiting for Papa Legba at yet another crossroads ... "Deeply touched by what you wrote" — John Martyn Praise for Volume one: "One spectacular sentence after another - a delight to read" — Deborah Magone "The taste of some exotic food on the tip of the tongue - unsure of what it is you like - but you... More > must try more and more ..." — Colin J. Tozer< Less
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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 26, 2013I 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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- Aro Books worldwide (Standard Copyright License)
- 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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