Author:Duncan Harris/Kevan Furbank
The next two artists covered in this ongoing series make strange bedfellows indeed, coming from opposite ends of the musical spectrum, although perhaps there is a connection in their longevity, both having been around in various guises for over fifty years now.
My Hawkwind period really runs from In Search Of Space through to Hall Of The Mountain Grill, encompassing of course the mighty Space Ritual live set – what memories listening to that one! Subsequent albums were very much a mixed bag, ranging from good, eg Quark, Strangeness and Charm, Levitation, through run of the mill to frankly poor – too many fall into these last two categories unfortunately, At least recent years have seen something of a resurgence with The Machine Stops and Into The Woods, showing there is still some creative fuel left in the tank after all these years and all those drugs.
Fairport Convention must have had as many different line ups as Hawkwind over the past five decades. Again, my interest was more around their early work from What We Did On Our Holidays through to Full House really. There’s some great music there, and that run of albums really encompasses all their essential material for me, although doubtless others will disagree, and to be fair there is plenty of good music to be found on the numerous subsequent releases, but sometimes you have to look a little harder to find it!
In both books, the authors give a concise view of each song on each album, together with background detail on what was happening with the band at the time. If you’re interested in either band, these books are certainly well worth checking out.
Length of Read:Short
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Fans of the music of these bands goes without saying, but also anyone who enjoyed the other titles in this ever expanding series.
One thing you’ve learned
I can happily read books like these even if I’m not especially a fan of the artists concerned.