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Author Topic: Clinton Heylin Fairport Biography  (Read 7092 times)
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« Reply #60 on: June 16, 2018, 08:20:40 AM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqjL0fz5wk4&t=350s

Clinton Heylin interviewing John Wood (35 minutes) whilst promoting the book.
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« Reply #61 on: June 16, 2018, 01:11:34 PM »



Still, I learnt a great deal, especially about Ashley, actually.  It rather changed my opinion of him.


Intriguing. Positively or negatively?

(Or should I just read the book?? ☺)


Positively, definitely - I've always thought I didn't like the bloke at all.  I hadn't understood quite how affected by the crash he was....

Richard, on the other hand, despite Heylin's (and obviously justified) hero worship doesn't come out of the story quite as brightly as he has been painted in the past.
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« Reply #62 on: June 16, 2018, 01:48:25 PM »


Richard, on the other hand, despite Heylin's (and obviously justified) hero worship doesn't come out of the story quite as brightly as he has been painted in the past.


Intrigue, intrigue....

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« Reply #63 on: June 16, 2018, 02:15:49 PM »

One other small thing - am I the only person that thinks the title is dreadful and doesn't make any sense at all?  

God, you should hear me when I don't like a book....  Grin
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« Reply #64 on: June 16, 2018, 02:28:40 PM »


One other small thing - am I the only person that thinks the title is dreadful and doesn't make any sense at all?  

God, you should hear me when I don't like a book....  Grin

It is a clunky title  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #65 on: June 16, 2018, 05:12:22 PM »


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqjL0fz5wk4&t=350s

Clinton Heylin interviewing John Wood (35 minutes) whilst promoting the book.


Thanks, nice to hear from John, put a smile on my face.
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« Reply #66 on: June 17, 2018, 12:36:49 PM »

The most surprising thing about this book is (spoiler in case people don't want to know)



Which I find a bit weird... Shocked
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« Reply #67 on: June 17, 2018, 01:49:27 PM »


The most surprising thing about this book is (spoiler in case people don't want to know)



Which I find a bit weird... Shocked


And in reality, he rather gives up on the history of the band themselves c.76 being much more interested in (mainly) R&L & Sandy, but also a bit of Iain and Ashley as well.  I dunno...he's clearly no fan of the post-85 band.  And (arguably) there is less to write about them really.  A quick flick at the contents page makes it clear what you're getting (I think), even if the title (I keep shaking my head at it every time I look at the book) doesn't.
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« Reply #68 on: June 17, 2018, 01:58:23 PM »

FREE COPY  Smiley

Ok, due to the publishers sending me a damaged copy (it has bumps to the corners..if you're not anal about it and just want the words, then all good...if you are, move along now) and then a replacement copy soon afterwards, I've got a gratis copy of the Heylin book (signed) to give to someone who couldn't otherwise afford it.  Just drop me a line privately, and I'll choose a recipient in a day or two.  I'm also putting this offer out to those on Fairporters (Facebook).

UK Only, I'm afraid.
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« Reply #69 on: June 17, 2018, 03:02:52 PM »


The most surprising thing about this book is (spoiler in case people don't want to know)


...and, for that reason, I’m out.  Fez
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« Reply #70 on: June 17, 2018, 05:42:43 PM »


The most surprising thing about this book is (spoiler in case people don't want to know)



Which I find a bit weird... Shocked
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The canny lad is possibly going to do the Fairport history in two parts…then produce it a single volume ‘Coffee Table’ edition…with amendments! …long term strategy perhaps…as the history continues... Wink
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« Reply #71 on: June 17, 2018, 05:54:43 PM »



The most surprising thing about this book is (spoiler in case people don't want to know)



Which I find a bit weird... Shocked
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The canny lad is possibly going to do the Fairport history in two parts…then produce it a single volume ‘Coffee Table’ edition…with amendments! …long term strategy perhaps…as the history continues... Wink


I don't even think he really likes the more modern material of the members of Fairport he does rate, so I rate that unlikely!
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« Reply #72 on: June 17, 2018, 06:00:09 PM »



The most surprising thing about this book is (spoiler in case people don't want to know)


...and, for that reason, I’m out.  Fez



I guess Cropredy goes well and they played Leamington Spa lacks drama?
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« Reply #73 on: June 17, 2018, 07:35:12 PM »



The most surprising thing about this book is (spoiler in case people don't want to know)



Which I find a bit weird... Shocked
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The canny lad is possibly going to do the Fairport history in two parts…then produce it a single volume ‘Coffee Table’ edition…with amendments! …long term strategy perhaps…as the history continues... Wink


Have you not read the Woodworm Years, possibly the dullest book ever written.
Let's face it, all the really interesting stuff happened in the early years. I can't think he will do a sequel unless someone offers him a whole heap of cash.
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« Reply #74 on: June 17, 2018, 09:37:04 PM »


Let's face it, all the really interesting stuff happened in the early years.

Methinks there's a book in the last three decades, but I don't think we need to read it.
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« Reply #75 on: June 17, 2018, 09:45:50 PM »

Oh I dunno, the Swarb feuds would at least be an interesting addendum.

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« Reply #76 on: June 18, 2018, 12:43:55 AM »

Describing this book as a "stunning new biography from one of the leading rock historians in the world" sounds just a tad over the top, especially since it only covers 15 out of 51 years of the band. If you wrote a biography of almost anyone that stopped at 15 you'd be left with totally false expectations for what happened next.

I haven't read it and can't say I'm bothered to do so. I should say that I found "Fairport by Fairport" sufficiently unexciting that I read it and sold it on immediately. There was enough left out of that book to leave some gaping holes.

I read Jude's book (buy it here) with enthusiasm, so much so that I bought another copy to give to my sister, the only other book in this area I've found informative was the unpublished "No Thought Of Leaving - A Life Of Sandy Denny" by Pamela Murray Winters. Occasionally very frank, but that shouldn't put anyone off if you can blag a copy somewhere.


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« Reply #77 on: June 18, 2018, 06:46:32 AM »

Only my own personal opinion, but I think if some of you "I don't want to read its" actually read it you would learn something and enjoy the ride (annoying as it sometimes is).  Having a biography of an artist's (or a group's) main creative period is certainly not the crime some of you seem to suggest it is...it happens all the time. Tbh, I'd rather that than the usual one chapter 'and then this happened (in the next 40 years)' summation in many biographies!
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« Reply #78 on: June 18, 2018, 08:01:09 AM »

I agree with many of the points raised by m’learned friends, however I would very much be interested in the era when a presumed mainstay of the band leaves in a huff, the band are effectively barred from touring America, the principal festival backer sells up and moves to France, the drummer swears he’ll never set foot on the Cropredy stage again, and the replacement fiddle player puts his hand through a plate glass window leading to his temporary replacement with a potential replacement. And that’s without the labyrinthine series of record deals involved.
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« Reply #79 on: June 18, 2018, 06:25:58 PM »


I agree with many of the points raised by m’learned friends, however I would very much be interested in the era when a presumed mainstay of the band leaves in a huff, the band are effectively barred from touring America, the principal festival backer sells up and moves to France, the drummer swears he’ll never set foot on the Cropredy stage again, and the replacement fiddle player puts his hand through a plate glass window leading to his temporary replacement with a potential replacement. And that’s without the labyrinthine series of record deals involved.


Lol.  The Woodworm Years really is rubbish, isn't it?   Grin
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