Thursday, September 13, 2007

Book Review: White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s by Joe Boyd

Veteran music producer Joe Boyd wrote this thoughtful memoir about his early career organizing concerts and producing albums by some of the biggest names in the music business. As a young man at Harvard in the early 1960's, Boyd was fascinated by jazz and blues and this led him to get involved booking concerts by legendary musicians like Lonnie Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt in the Boston area. From there he moved on to work the Newport Jazz and Blues festivals where he writes interesting accounts of musicians like Coleman Hawkins and Muddy Waters. Boyd moved to London in the mid-60's founding the legendary UFO nightclub and producing concerts and records by Pink Floyd, Fairport Convention and Nick Drake. This is an engaging and thoroughly entertaining account of the music industry during a time of great changes and great artistry.

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