Ever since I heard Pink Floyd and the Zombies, I suppose I’ve felt a pull towards Britain’s psychedelic folk-rock scene of the Sixties. If any of you have similar leanings, you may want to check out a non-fiction book by Rob Young called Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music.
For around twenty bucks you can order it from Amazon here. It’s an extremely well-written, well-researched 600+ page paperback tome, and you can tell from page one that Young is deeply passionate about his subject.
The book is a well-told story that is partially a catalog of bands, solo musicians and the songs that were formed around their movement, but – since music is always an excellent gauge for such things – he also delves deeply into the British psyche of what was going on in the country at the time. This music expressed a disregard for further industrialization and a longing for a simpler time; a quest for the metaphorical Holy Grail that exists within the listener, the players… and the land itself.
Oh, and here’s something you don’t see often in literary marketing: for an additional seventeen bucks, you can get a double-CD with many of the ground-breaking bands featured in the book. It’s quite good, and you can order it here. My favorites were the tracks from Traffic, Bread, COB and David Bowie.
Book: Highly Recommended
CD: Highly Recommended