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Whose Biography would you like to read?

11 Mar 15 - 02:01 PM (#3693133)
Subject: Who's Biography ?
From: Alan Day

There are very few, if any biographies of folk performers available, which is a shame, because there are some very interesting people amongst us.If you had the choice who's biography would you like to
read ?
I would certainly pick John Kirkpatrick's off the shelf even though I have known him for not far off fifty years.
Al


11 Mar 15 - 02:56 PM (#3693149)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Dave Hanson

Try ' Bert ' by Dave Arthur. Excellent biography of AL Lloyd or ' Class Act ' by Ben Harker, biog of Ewan MacColl.

Personally I'd like to read Martin Carthy's biography.

Dave H


11 Mar 15 - 03:02 PM (#3693153)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: GUEST,sciencegeek

The Mountain of the Women: Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour
by Liam Clancy comes to mind

there are others that I'm not remembering the titles of... dang oldtimers... lol


11 Mar 15 - 05:06 PM (#3693179)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Tattie Bogle

More autobiographies than biographies:
I have read Barbara Dickson's autobiography- very interesting, especially with the recording of all aspects of her career, from the Scottish folk scene in the 60s revival to her time in big musicals in London, and coming back to her folk roots.
Also Ralph McTell's "As far as I can Tell" which includes his childhood days in wartime and after, but it only covers up to the time he decided to go professional: a sequel is a must! (I even told him so after one of his concerts!)
Absolutely fascinating read: "From Fuzz to Folk" - autobiography of Ian Green of Greentrax recordings from his service in the Korean War , his time as a Police officer, and the "Fuzzfolk" folk club in Edinburgh, through to setting up his own recording and distribution business, Green tax recordings which has served so many Scottish artistes so well.
"The Queen Amang the Heather" - Sheila Stewart's book about her mother, Belle Steart, and such an insight into the life of the traveling people in Scotland. (Also read "Yellow on the Broom" and Red Rowans" by Betsy Whyte and anything by Jess Smith). Adam McNaughtan's song "Yellow on the Broom" was inspired by Betsy's book.
And not quite so folky, but Pam Ayres' autobiography (tho she does appear at folk festivals!), and Evelyn Glennie's "Good Vibrations".


11 Mar 15 - 05:09 PM (#3693181)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Tattie Bogle

Oh, a pox on predictive text!
GREENTRAX!
And maybe typo: Belle STEWART.


11 Mar 15 - 05:12 PM (#3693182)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Tattie Bogle

And (see Apostrophe Catastrophes on Facebook of which I am a full member!)
WHOSE Biography???


11 Mar 15 - 05:58 PM (#3693190)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Alan Day

How nice it is to be famous.
I have already more lines than Clapham Junction,You beat Irene to this and I predict more on the way.
Al
PS The Ralph McTell's one looks interesting I shall watch out for that.


11 Mar 15 - 09:27 PM (#3693221)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: GUEST,ApostrophePolice

what Tattie Bogle said. whose

Brendan Behan's [largely autobiographical] Borstal Boy


12 Mar 15 - 05:34 AM (#3693264)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: GUEST,Malcolm Storey

More than a life: John Meredith and the fight for Australian Tradition
By Keith McKenry

I was presented with this as a Christmas gift on a recent visit.

A cracking read but you would probably need to be "far away in Australia" to get hold of a copy.


12 Mar 15 - 07:22 AM (#3693282)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Dave Hanson

The second part of Brendan Behan's autobigraphy ' Confessions of an Irish Rebel ' is excellent.

And Ronnie Drew's auto biography ' Ronnie ' is absolutely brillant.

Dave H


12 Mar 15 - 08:30 AM (#3693301)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Alan Day

If you had the choice WHOSE biography would you choose that is not already available?
Al


12 Mar 15 - 10:54 AM (#3693336)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: GUEST,sciencegeek

I believe you can find reprints of works by Bob Roberts at the chanty cabin website. I do wish he'd recorded more.

There's a whole slew of ex-patriots over in OZ that I'd love to know more about.


12 Mar 15 - 11:01 AM (#3693338)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Will Fly

"Dazzling Stranger" by Colin Harper - the subject being Bert Jansch - is worth a read, though it's a bit of a hotch-potch.


12 Mar 15 - 11:03 AM (#3693340)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Will Fly

And, before I forget, "Richard Thompson: Strange Affair" by Patrick Humphries, though it's now a little out of date (published in 1996).


12 Mar 15 - 11:29 AM (#3693350)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Jim Carroll

Not a full biography, but the autobiographical 'Land Where the Blues Began' by Alan Lomax takes some beating
Jim Carroll


12 Mar 15 - 11:56 AM (#3693355)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: Bee-dubya-ell

And here I thought this thread was going to be about a biography of Messrs. Townshend, Daltry, Entwhistle, and Moon.


12 Mar 15 - 12:33 PM (#3693365)
Subject: RE: Who's Biography ?
From: GUEST,sciencegeek

of related interest, imo, is the book, video and 2 CD set River of Song - available on ebay if you hunt- done by our public media television on the music found from the headwaters of the Mississippi down to New Orleans and the people of the area. biography of a musical river???? lol


12 Mar 15 - 06:33 PM (#3693453)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: Tattie Bogle

Ha, the mudelfs have corrected the title!
And there IS a biography - "Before I get Old - The Story of The Who", by Dave Marsh - going cheap at Amazon!
Guess it's just "my generation" who had to learn apostrophe rules.


12 Mar 15 - 10:53 PM (#3693483)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST,David E.

I've always wished that Jacqui McShee would write an insider biography of The Pentangle. I actually suggested the idea to her one time and she gave me a smile. Guess I'll have to settle for that.

David E.


12 Mar 15 - 11:24 PM (#3693484)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST,Lin

A biography of Peter, Paul & Mary which would include information about their life (growing up ) before they formed their group and then take us through the very earliest days of their career and throughout the years of P.P.& M until present. (which would include about Mary's passing) and what Peter & Paul are doing these days.
Would like to see it include many pictures of them from their childhood to current and include many photos from their concerts and candid photos too. Their music meant the world to me.


13 Mar 15 - 03:04 AM (#3693497)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: Joe Offer

Back in 2004, I read Joe Klein's extraordinary 1980 book, Woody Guthrie: A Life. There have been at least two Woody biographies that came out since then, including one by Ed Cray. The Joe Klein book was so good, I've been reluctant to read the others.
I'd like to read a good Carter Family biography, but I haven't found one that caught my eye.
-Joe-


13 Mar 15 - 07:53 AM (#3693568)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick

Superb biograhies? Well, someone has already mentioned Dave Arthur's book on Bert Lloyd so I won't mention that one.

However, I'm suprised that we've made it this far down without anyone apparently mentioning Timothy Neat's 2 volume biography of Hamish Henderson. Polygon 2009.

Other must reads include:

The Last Cavalier-The Life & Times of John A Lomax. Nolan Porterfield. Illinois UP. 1996.
The Man Who Recorded the World; A Biography of Alan Lomax. John Szwed. Heinmann. 2010.
The Life and Legend of Leadbelly. Charles Wolfe/Kip Lornell. Secker & Warburg. 1993
Ramblin' Man; The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie. Ed Cray. W W Norton        . 2004. Despite Joe Offer's comments above, this is an extraordinary read and it contains a lot of detail which wasn't known about when Klein was writing his book. The other book which Joe mentions is presumably Woody Guthrie; American Radical. Will Kaufman. Illinois UP. 2011. That isn't so much a biography as a discussion of his politics. Well worth reading though.

There is a hell of a lot more, including biographies of just about every bluesman who ever recorded, but they'll have to wait for another day.


13 Mar 15 - 10:19 AM (#3693611)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST,Robin Twatt

Read Louis Armstrong's - it's great


13 Mar 15 - 12:53 PM (#3693668)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield

Lin - have you seen:
Peter, Paul and Mary: Fifty Years in Music and Life by Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and (the words of the late) Mary Travers, Charlesbridge Publishing 2014?

Derek


13 Mar 15 - 12:54 PM (#3693670)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield

These suggested reading lists are great ... but the thread question was different:
If you had the choice WHOSE biography would you choose that is not already available?

Derek


13 Mar 15 - 02:47 PM (#3693701)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: Big Al Whittle

Bix Beiderbecke. the sweetest voice on the planet. i think i've read everything that exists, but somehow it all tells you nothing.
to hear the truth , to hear his story from his lips. that would be good.


13 Mar 15 - 03:00 PM (#3693707)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST

Whose Biography ?

my great great great great great grandson's.


13 Mar 15 - 06:48 PM (#3693758)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: Mark Ross

The Paul Clayton bio by Bob Coltman is on my list, but it's so damn ezpensive, and I can't get the library here to order it.


Mark Ross


13 Mar 15 - 07:25 PM (#3693767)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: Joe_F

Cray's book on Guthrie shows he did his homework and will allow you to pick out the fact from the fiction in Guthrie's autobiographical novel _Bound for Glory_, which, of course, is still good reading.

Jean Ritchie's autobiography _Singing Family of the Cumberlands_ is beautiful. Read it aloud and sing the songs.


13 Mar 15 - 07:43 PM (#3693769)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST,Lin

To Guest Derek:

I did see a program on TV recently about their music- Fifty Years In Music, etc. but I did not realize there was a biography. I thought it was a DVD only which you could order from the TV station.
Can't afford it so didn't order the DVD and don't have a way to record the program. Is it an actual book though that has the same title as the DVD? Or is it a booklet of sorts that comes with the DVD?
Thanks,
Lin


13 Mar 15 - 08:45 PM (#3693785)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: Hagman

Bill Leader


13 Mar 15 - 08:46 PM (#3693786)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: Hagman

Peter Bellamy


14 Mar 15 - 12:05 AM (#3693797)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST,David E.

Yes and Yes Hagman!

David E.


14 Mar 15 - 12:21 AM (#3693798)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: LadyJean

Ten years ago, I brought home a sampler embroidered by a lady known in our family as Great Great Grandmother Who Was Captured By The Indians.

The lady's name was Eunice Brown. That's what I know about her. She married an Eversull. I don't know which Indians. I don't know when she was captured. I don't know how she got home. I would give a lot to read "A Narrative of the Captivity of Eunice Brown". Especially since I tried to look her up online and discovered there were two of them. Nothing about either of them being captured by Indians.


14 Mar 15 - 05:47 AM (#3693841)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: Les in Chorlton

I guess it would be interesting, especially to a non-believer, to read the biography of one J. Christ, since all that was written about him was written by people who never met him or were even alive when he was.


14 Mar 15 - 06:06 AM (#3693845)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield

Lin yes it's an actual book, 144 pages, lots of photos - in fact more photos than text. Price is 29 dollars but sure it'd be cheaper from Amazon etc.... Derek


14 Mar 15 - 06:23 AM (#3693848)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: GUEST,Dave the Gnome

Mine. But I don't want to know how it ends.

:D tG


14 Mar 15 - 12:02 PM (#3693935)
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
From: Cool Beans

I'm looking forward to reading Ian Zack's biography of Rev. Gary Davis, coming out in April. I think it's called "Say No to the Devil."