Robert Shelton, Dave Laing, Karl Dallas and Robin Denselow

The Electric Muse Revisited: The Story of Folk into Rock and Beyond

Anmeldt av Jens Nepper
(Omnibus Press, 2021)

Karakter: 4/6

THE ELECTRIC MUSE book cover.jpgOriginally published back in 1975 and now updated with new chapters by author Robin Denselow, "The Electric Muse Revisited" is an illuminating work that traces the path from old Traditionals, roots music, and the blues to the electrified folk (rock) of the late 1960, early 1970s, and also the present day where genres such as electronica and heavy metal incorporate elements of folk.

Consisting of various essays and articles that examine the birth, development, and role of folk rock in a wider cultural perspective, there is an endless supply of details both quirky and interesting to be found here. From the troubadours that roamed the American highways and performed Traditionals and bluegrass tunes on acoustic instruments to the coffee houses of London where Bob Dylan and Paul Simon would appear in the early 60s, the book encompasses countless different aspects of what would eventually turn into folk rock and is an articulate piece of literature that feels quite thorough in terms of how it deals with the subject matter. Given that "The Electric Muse" was primarily put together in the mid-70s and then revised and expanded very recently, immersing oneself in its 300 superbly argued, though-provoking, and well-researched pages leaves one with the impression of a study that looks to both the past and the present day. Interestingly, many of the ideas and points of view outlined in the chapters and essays from decades ago are still highly relevant and valid nowadays, which is to say the tome has lost none of revelatory power over the years. One does not necessarily have to agree with the opinions of the authors in order to enjoy it, which is the beauty of it.

For myself, I found the latter half of the book to be the most compelling, which has to do with personal preference in relation to the bands and artists covered; I especially loved the chapters and essays on the incomparably excellent work of Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, and Sandy Denny. A very rewarding read on those artists for sure and a thrill to see their work being discussed in the context of how folk has evolved and adapted throughout what seems like eons.

You should pick up a copy of "The Electric Muse" and be inspired.

The Electric Muse Revisited: The Story of Folk into Rock and Beyond - omnibuspress.com

Andre omtaler:

27.07.2021: INTERLOPER - Search Party
26.07.2021: MORIBUND OBLIVION - Endles
24.07.2021: BARNEY HOSKYNS - God is in the Radio: Unbridled Enthusiasms 1980-2020
23.07.2021: AIRBAG - Identity (2021 Remaster)
22.07.2021: BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER - Brother Against Brother
21.07.2021: GO AHEAD AND DIE - Go Ahead And Die
20.07.2021: CHALICE OF SIN - Chalice of Sin
19.07.2021: KENT HILLI - The Rumble
17.07.2021: NIGHTFALL - At Night We Prey
16.07.2021: ARABS IN ASPIC - Progeria (Re-master/Re-issue)
15.07.2021: ROBERT SELLERS - The Remarkable Tale of Radio 1
14.07.2021: CROWNE - Kings in the North
13.07.2021: ECLIPSUS - Yürei
12.07.2021: ASCENSION OF THE WATCHERS - Apogrypha
10.07.2021: NERVOUS DECAY - Nervous Decay
09.07.2021: NIHÏLANTH - Graceless Planet
08.07.2021: FLOTSAM AND JETSAM - Blood In The Water
06.07.2021: AT THE GATES - The Nightmare Of Being
06.07.2021: MAYHEM - Atavistic black disorder/Kommando