Dazzling Stranger

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Aug 21, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 416 pages
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The guitarists’ guitarist and the songwriters’ songwriter, the legendary Bert Jansch has influenced stars as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Paul Simon, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Donovan, Pete Townshend, Neil Young, Bernard Butler, Beth Orton and Devendra Banhart. Unassuming, enigmatic and completely focused on his music, he has remained singularly resilient to the vagaries of fashion, being rediscovered and revered by new generations of artists every few years. Born in Edinburgh in 1943, Jansch became an inspirational and pioneering figure during Britain’s ‘folk revival’ of the 1960s. In 1967 he formed folk/jazz fusion band Pentangle with John Renbourn and enjoyed international success until they split in 1973, when he returned to a solo career. Surviving alcoholism and heart surgery, Jansch has recently enjoyed a career renaissance - delivering a series of albums from 1995 onwards which have secured his standing as one of the true originals of British music.

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Review: Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival

User Review  - Denis Collins - Goodreads

I found this book very hard work. I also found the subject of the book very uninteresting. So I would not recommend this book. Read full review

Review: Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival

User Review  - Liam Guilar - Goodreads

Not just a biography, and a good one, of the man himself, but as the title suggests a history of that strange phenomena. Bert outlasted several revivals; fashions came and went, and he just went on ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Colin Harper was born in Belfast in 1968. A professional writer on music between 1994-2001, contributing regularly to Mojo, the Independent and the Irish Times, he is currently a librarian at a Belfast music college. Recent projects have included co-authoring, with Trevor Hodgett, Irish Folk, Trad & Blues: A Secret History (Collins Press, 2004) and creating two wildlife charity albums (www.thewildlifealbum.com) for the benefit of the WWF and Ulster Wildlife Trust.

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