Monday, October 11, 2010

Le Guess Who? presents Rob Young: an introduction to British folk music

For a true folkie, paradise lies in Great Britain. Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan, Fairport Convention, John Martyn, The Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch – the list of great British folk musicians from the 20th century is a long one. Rob Young, writer for the influential British magazine on modern music The Wire, wrote the book ‘Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music’, in which he unveils the rich history of British folk music. In this monumentary work, Young unearthes the soul of the genre, puts in it a broader context of a nostalgic longing for a lost Eden, and even sees connections with musicians like Kate Bush, Talk Talk, Current 93 and Coil. And as if writing this folk bible wasn’t enough, Young also writes a weblog, www.electriceden.net, that’s like a treasury for folk lovers.

For Le Guess Who?, Robert Young will give an introduction to British folk music, in Theater Kikker on Saturday Nov 27th.

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