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Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music (Paperback)
  • Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music (Paperback)

Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 05/08/2010
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"Electric Eden" documents one of the great untold stories of British music over the past century. While ostensibly purporting to be a history of that much derided (though currently fashionable) four-letter word, 'folk', "Electric Eden" will be a magnificent survey of the visionary, topographic and esoteric impulses that have driven the margins of British visionary folk music from Vaughan Williams and Holst to The Incredible String Band, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Aphex Twin. For the first time the full story of the extraordinary period of folk rock from the mid 1960s to the mid 1970s will be told in a book with the breadth of a social history touching on sonic worship, pagan architecture, land art, ley lines and ther outer fringes of the avant garde. "Electric Eden" identifies a particularly English wellspring of imagery and imagination, an undercurrent that has fed into the creative and organic strand of Britain's music over the past century. From Edwardian composers assimilations of folk song and visionary poetry, via folk rock of the 60s and 70s, the story is brought up to date by placing these earlier movements in a continuum that links through significant figures in 21st century pastoral electronica.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571237524

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This is probably 2 or 3 books muddled together in one. Whatever 'visionary' music is we never really find out, and it's a bit odd calling it 'Electric Eden' when much of the music written... More

Paperback edition
7th February 2011
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“Extremely disappointing”

This is very disappointing, especially when set against some glowing reviews. It's hard to see what the central argument is and there are many passages that seem irrelevant. We seem to get going on one theme and... More

Paperback edition
20th November 2010
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