The other day The New York Times ran a fairly raving review of a new book called Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music by a British music writer named Rob Young. I called it in and gave it a read. Glad I did. The book is a look back through the acid-etched looking glass to the time in the '60s and early '70s when young British musicians brought rock's spirit of experimentation-and a heavy dose of electricity-to the traditional music of their native land. The resulting folk-rock, by the likes of Fairport Convention, Pentangle, and the Incredible String Band, is, by Young's and many other's estimation, the genre's high-water mark.
Like a good music book should, Electric Eden, by dint of Young's charged, near-hallucinogenic prose and seemingly exhaustive research, sent me back to the music in question. I was only slightly familiar with the key artists before and, frankly, had dismissed some of them as overly twee and fey. Young made me hear them differently. The IncredibleRead More »from Unearthing England’s Wild Folk Scene