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Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival

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Bert Jansch is the guitarists' guitarist and songwriters' songwriter. He has been admired by stars as diverse as Bob Dylan, Johnny Marr and Jarvis Cocker. This biography follows his career from his early days in Scotland to his current status.
Paperback, 398 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Bloomsbury UK (first published 2000)
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May 05, 2016 Jeroen rated it liked it
Portrait of Man in Corner with Guitar

This is meant as an ode to those sitting in the corner holding a guitar. To those who are always there, foisting a soundtrack on our lives. Perhaps we would like to think these guitarists of ours perfectly in tune with the surroundings, playing louder, softer, dipping, sweltering, whenever required. One thing we know is they are certainly not playing songs. They go in fits and starts, always abandoning: cantus interruptus. At best they noodle, mumbling to the
Steve Gillway
Sep 04, 2015 Steve Gillway rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, musicians
The author has done a great job here. Bert Jansch himself couldn't remember much of what took place or doesn't want to say. Added to this, he absents himself from the whole celebrity thing and is relatively inconspicuous. Therefore this book is like a sculpture of the whole folk movement in the 50s - 70s, all the main movers and places are there and biographically covered. If you chisel all of them away, you are left with the man himself. After reading this book you are not all that closer to kn ...more
Jun 23, 2009 Jesse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: them, him
Hardly a myth-buster, Harper leaves Jansch's mystique intact by building an elaborate backdrop of intimately connected musicians and organizations before allowing his carefully drawn Bert, brooding and aloof, to drift through that mileau, influencing all and taking influence from none. The idea that Jansch emerged from the womb a fully formed stylist is reinforced by Harper's keeping his protagonist away from an instrument for as long as possible (Jansch doesn't own a guitar for the first hundre ...more
Joyce Donahue
Sep 01, 2013 Joyce Donahue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating tour of 50 years of the British folk music scene filled with stories about Bert Jansch and his contemporaries. Names drop on every page. Dylan,Donovan, Jimmy Page... It really opens up the early development of rock and the folk and blues influences and the ways Jansch and his guitar style were formative.
Liam Guilar
Nov 07, 2011 Liam Guilar rated it it was amazing
Not just a biography, and a good one, of the man himself, but as the title suggests a history of that strange phenomena. Bert outlasted several revivals; fashions came and went, and he just went on dazzling. Harper's summing up is fair and while he obviously admires his subject he doesn't overlooks the faults.
Denis Collins
Jan 06, 2013 Denis Collins rated it it was ok
I found this book very hard work. I also found the subject of the book very uninteresting. So I would not recommend this book.
Andrew Thompson
Mar 09, 2007 Andrew Thompson rated it liked it
Useful but slightly lacklustre biography of the pioneering guitarist
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