Artist: Palmer, Clive, Incredible String Band
Author: Hood, Grahame
Clive Palmer was a founder-member of both the Incredible String Band and the legendary COB.
Introduction by Billy Connolly
224 pages, profusely illustrated. Co-published with Adrian Whittaker. More details to follow nearer publication date (May 24, 2008).
Clive Palmer, a beatnik banjo player who began playing skiffle, jazz and folk in 1950s London, honed his skills by busking in Paris and then moved to Scotland (influencing the young Billy Connolly, among many others) to co-found the legendary Incredible String Band. Leaving them after their first album in 1966 to hitchhike to Afghanistan, he had many adventures and the occasional brush with the law. In the early Seventies he was part of the thriving Cornish folk scene, where he arguably produced his best work, including two albums with Clive’s Original Band (C.O.B.) which have influenced a whole new generation of musicians. Clive is still playing and releasing albums to this day, a bona-fide musical treasure. The book contains much new information on the early days of the Incredible String Band and Clive’s years in Cornwall.
The Willie Dixon of British folk music. Devendra Banhart
Very enjoyable. I like the tales of Clive’s trip to Afghanistan and India. Joe Boyd
Clive is unquestionably the best banjo player I ever heard. He was, and still is, my banjo hero. Billy Connolly
The re-incarnation of Edwardian banjo. Robin Williamson
An essential read for anyone who is keen to reappraise folk music’s unsung heroes.
Brilliantly researched and presented. Record Collector
Plugs a significant gap in the history of the British folk underground. The Wire
Biography of the banjoist extraordinaire. Mojo
I read this book at a single sitting. Rock 'n' Reel
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