White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s

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Profile Books, Jul 9, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
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When Muddy Waters came to London at the start of the ?60s, a kid from Boston called Joe Boyd was his tour manager; when Dylan went electric at the Newport Festival, Joe Boyd was plugging in his guitar; when the summer of love got going, Joe Boyd was running the coolest club in London, the UFO; when a bunch of club regulars called Pink Floyd recorded their first single, Joe Boyd was the producer; when a young songwriter named Nick Drake wanted to give his demo tape to someone, he chose Joe Boyd. More than any previous ?60s music autobiography, Joe Boyd?s White Bicycles offers the real story of what it was like to be there at the time. His greatest coup is bringing to life the famously elusive figure of Nick Drake ? the first time he's been written about by anyone who knew him well. As well as the ?60s heavy-hitters, this book also offers wonderfully vivid portraits of a whole host of other musicians: everyone from the great jazzman Coleman Hawkins to the folk diva Sandy Denny, Lonnie Johnson to Eric Clapton, The Incredible String Band to Fairport Convention.

 

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User Review  - Jarvo - Goodreads

Joe Boyd was one of the great movers and shakers of sixties music. He discovered Nick Drake and produced his first two albums, and he also managed and produced both Fairport Convention and The ... Read full review

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User Review  - James Baird - Goodreads

Great book about many kinds of music and a rich cast of the most famous as real and aspiring or declining human beings. Unusually well-written account of a great time in music, rather than the usual ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
7
Section 3
13
Section 4
18
Section 5
28
Section 6
36
Section 7
45
Section 8
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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Section 25
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Section 26
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 27
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Section 28
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Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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About the author (2010)

Record and film producer Joe Boyd was born in Boston in 1942 and graduated from Harvard in 1964. He went on to produce Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, REM and many others. He produced the documentary 'Jimi Hendrix' and the film 'Scandal'. In 1980 he started Hannibal Records and ran it for 20 years. Boyd lives in London where he writes for the Guardian and Independent. His next book is about World Music.

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