British Folk Music – Electric Eden By Rob Young

My focus shifts to music journalism and folk music. The interest was stimulated while listening to the Dave Van Ronk/Elijah Wald audio book, The Mayor of MacDougal Street. I gained valuable knowledge about the origins of the folk music era of the 50s and 60s in Greenwich Village, New York City through Dave’s insights and observations.

Liege & Lief
Liege & Lief (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My musicology pursuit of folk moves to the shores of my English heritage as I prepare for Rob Young’s book, Electric Eden, Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music. The book calls me every time I peruse the music book section of my local Barnes & Noble store. I came very close to walking it to the cash register today 😉

Electric Eden covers with wide expanse the British folk music explosion during the 60s/70s. The author focuses on the major names, Fairport Convention, Pentangle, the Incredible String Band, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Steeleye Span.  He is smart to not overlook dozens of lesser-known performers who are in tune with the Arcadian muse.

Rob Young is a British music journalist and current editor-at-large of The Wire, a British based experimental music magazine.

Let the music sampling on Spotify begin as I listen to Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span with some of The Incredible String Band thrown in for starters.


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3 Replies to “British Folk Music – Electric Eden By Rob Young”

    1. Ilene,

      I appreciate your interest in my music blog. I did indeed get the honor and privilege to hear and meet Dave Van Ronk in 1979. My brother-in-law and i had drinks with him before he performed at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California. It was a small audience and he was a great conversationalist. He was very funny in person. I was lucky to cross his path that night.


      1. Oh, what an experience!!!! Van Ronk had some personality!!! I can still hear him singing, “Cocaine, runnin’ ’round my brain!” Thanks for sharing

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