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an odd boy - volume four [paperback] By Doc Togden
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Volume four of an odd boy begins in Bristol, England, and ends in Heights Café in Brooklyn, New York. The author conjoins the cerebrally rarified Claudette Gascoign and joins a household with... More > her three friends—music and drama students—and explores Jazz-Classical fusion – for three years, returning to the lost time of the late ’60s. He finds a superlative mentor in Derek Crowe and is facilitated to create his own BA degree curriculum. At the end of his sojourn at Bristol Art School, he finds himself at the crossroads again. He takes to the road – this time bound for the Himalayas. After a hiatus of thirty years the road brings him back – almost to where he began. He encounters Maxwell Jefferson, a Blues bass player and member of the Federation of Black Cowboys. Their meeting marks the end of a journey, a coming-home, the culmination of a vision, and the start of an adventure that has no end. Welcome home.< Less
an odd boy - volume three [paperback] By Doc Togden
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Volume Three of an odd boy tells of the foundation course at Farnham Art School from ’70 to ’72. At Hatch Mill—the warren of wonders—the author steps out of time into a world... More > of creative camaraderie where every meeting is a scene from a surrealist play. ’72 marked the end of the ’60s gestalt. Before the final curtain call however, a tumult of bizarre scenes tumble across the panchromatic stage: strange liaisons with transient heroes and heroines of the lost time; the Farnham Blues Festival; and, ‘the religion of Art’ entwined with burlesque love stories. He meets with Liverpool Poets – Adrian Henry and Roger McGough. Poetry and oil painting co-mingle with loves won and lost. He finds himself—for a bare month—as a rising star on the British Blues scene – but with the death of Jimi Hendrix, it’s the end of an era. He steps off the stage, takes to the road – and arrives, ironically, at the ever-familiar crossroads.< Less
an odd boy - volume two [paperback] By Doc Togden
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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... More > 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 must try more and more ..." — Colin J. Tozer< Less
an odd boy - volume one [paperback] By Doc Togden
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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.... More > 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.< Less