Category Archives: Books

Calvert, Palmer & Keats (not solicitors!)

Always linked in my mind – the imagery of John Keats and the visuals of Samuel Palmer and Edward Calvert. Probably incorrectly -but never mind. ST. AGNES’ Eve—Ah, bitter chill it was! The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold; … Continue reading

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Essential Rock Reads – Exposing the myths – the USA and The Blues

Two books in one post this time – the first “More Miles Than Money” by Garth Cartwright is an account of his travels through the continent looking for the real thing – music made for more than just profit and … Continue reading

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Archy and Mehitabel -a rediscovery!

Had forgotten all about these classics – a couple of books I have – archy & mehitabel and archy’s life of mehitabel, which contain some witty, insightful and occasionally deep musings on life, in the voice of a cockroach, the … Continue reading

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No Sleep Till Canvey Island – The Great Pub Rock Revolution by Will Birch

The next (5th?) in my (overdue) series of essential rock reads, this tome – originally published in 2000 (and my copy is now yellowing alarmingly) tackles the (then underrated if not ridiculed) Pub Rock scene of the early to mid … Continue reading

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London, You’re Beautiful – David Gentleman

What a gorgeous little book! Was looking for this in Waterstone’s after seeing a few reproductions in a Guardian article, expecting a large coffee table format. No! What you get is a pocket size paperback, perfect for carrying around in … Continue reading

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Edward Bawden and His Circle – Malcolm Yorke

Been working through this in a pleasurably slow way for some time now. A well researched and nicely written account of Bawden’s life, his childhood, overseas experience, and time spent working in Great Bardfield on a variety of commissions and … Continue reading

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Recording The Beatles – Kevin Ryan and Brian Kehew

Just spent an hour or so dipping in to this mighty tome. Essential for any Beatle Geek, I reckon this is the book I’d take to my desert island along with a bunch of Beatles discs, it’s just such a … Continue reading

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