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 The Audio Book of “White Bicycles”, read by Joe himself is now available at www.audible.com, amazon.com and iTunes. 


Click here for Blast from the Past photo! Joe with Sandy Denny and Chris Blackwell in 1970


News

*A “White Bicycles” YouTube channel which tracks the music in the book chapter by chapter is now up and running

Upcoming appearance

May 15, Norwich Playhouse, 8pm.  "Special event at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

I'll be talking and reading and Olivia Chaney will be singing songs by Nick Drake, Sandy and others..."

Recent Events 

November: Joe appeared oPaul Jones' BBC Radio 2 show talking about James Booker and on BBC Radio 4 talking about The Songs of Molly Drake

October 27, Southbank Centre, London. As part of The Rest is Noise Festival Joe was in conversation about the 1960s and the artists that made this decade’s appeal everlasting.

October 13, House of St Barnabas Chapel, London. Classic Album Sundays hosted an event in aid of The House of Barnabas charity where Joe presented Nick Drake's album 'Bryter Layter' and answered questions from the audience.

September 20.  Joe did a Masterclass in London's Underground Music of the 60's at the Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Georgia 

A double cd of the Kate McGarrigle concerts in London, New York and Toronto called “Sing Me The Songs” was released in June by Nonesuch, coinciding with the release of the film of the New York Town Hall concert – “Sing Me The Songs (Which Say I Love You)”.

CD Reviews and Radio Feature

The Guardian 20 June 2013

The Irish Times 21 June 2013

BBC Radio Scotland  21 June 2013

Independent 22 June 2013

June 25 and 26 Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC. There was a two-day event with a screening of the film followed by a discussion about Kate’s legacy as a songwriter, then a concert starring Kate’s children Rufus and Martha Wainwright with guests Norah Jones and Emmy Lou Harris

June 17: Tabernacle, London W11Joe took part in a 5 x 15 show with Robyn Hitchcock at the Tabernacle

April 29 Grammy Museum, Los Angeles. Way To Blue event

April 23 Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis. Way To Blue event

April 18, Joe gave a keynote address to the EMP Pop Music Conference on the NYU campus in New York, 6:30pm.

April 13 and 14 Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg, NYC. Joe hosted two rare US screenings of “A Skin Too Few”

April 10 Joe's Pub, NYC. Way To Blue event

April 5 Joe talked about Nick Drake and his songs at the Laugharne Weekend in Wales. Robyn Hitchcock, Charlotte Greig and Keitel Keinig will interrupt to sing a Nick Drake song or two.

April 2 Wilton’s Music Hall London. Way To Blue event

March 23 Joe sat in as guest DJ on KALW Radio 91.7 FM in San Francisco

Feb 21, Joe talked to RTE about Sandy Denny - catch the podcast

Jan 14, Joe met Amanda Eichstaedt at KWMR Radio, see the playlist 

Events 2012

November 16: Joe took part in a talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum on the subject of 'Hendrix through the lens'.

Sept 17: Joe spoke about his book, his time in Soho and the UFO Club at a meeting of the Sohemian Society.  

Sept 8, 2.30pm: Mantova Literature Festival, Casa del Mantegna, Italy

Sept 9, 5.30pm: La Casa dei Pensieri show, Coop Ambasciatori Bookshop, Bologna, Italy

June 15: Love Over and Over - The Songs of Kate McGarrigle, Toronto, Canada. This concert was part of the Luminato Festival and was held in Massey Hall.

March 11: Joe appreared live on Cerys Matthews BBC6Music show reading an e e cummings poem and inducting Leroy Carr into her Blues Hall of Fame.

Way to Blue 2011

November 11: Sydney Opera House 

November 13 - 15: Melbourne Recital Hall

Read Review

Chinese White Bicycles 2011

November 10th: The Basement, Sydney

Read Review

December 1: 7.45 pm Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London


In Madrid recently, I saw a Goya etching with the following timely caption - "The sleep of Reason produces Monsters."
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 White Bicycles now available in Kindle Edition!


Chinese White Bicycles

Live and direct from 1967! Robyn Hitchcock and Joe Boyd present "Chinese White Bicycles"

Over the last couple of years Joe and Robyn have been touring their entertaining show where Joe reads excerpts from his book and Robyn plays related songs.  Read Reviews

Chinese White Bicycles

Robert Kirby Memorial Concert
 
There was a tribute concert to the late Robert Kirby at the Cecil Sharpe House in London on Sunday Oct 3 2012, organized by his son Henry.  The lineup included the following artists Teddy Thompson, Ben & Jason, Vashti Bunyan, Luke Jackson, Steve Ashley, Harvey Brough & Clara Sanabras, Fab Cabs, and Danny Thompson. 
 

The Incredible String Band's first four albums have been reissued. 

Read a Review from Shindig! Magazine

CD versions will also be remastered.  The downloadable albums are not currently remastered but will be soon...

REM's Fables of the Reconstruction reissued and remastered.

 Things I'd Rather Be Doing


Interview with B92 Radio in Belgrade

I have always admired the courage represented by B92 Radio in Belgrade, who provided a creative opposition during the dark Milosovic years in Serbia. I was pleased and proud to do an interview with them - which is transcribed here in Serbian. You can also listen to the radio interview in English


A Celebration of Kate McGarrigle

Lives That Touched Mine - Joe Boyd Newsletter April 10

Vanity Fair Jan 10

A tribute concert was held for Kate as part of Richard Thompson's Meltdown Festival featuring Anna McGarrigle, Martha and Rufus Wainwright, Linda and Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris.

Concert Reviews

Daily Telegraph 14 June 10

Evening Standard 14 June 10

Guardian 15 June 10


Other Events:

Watch videos of the concert in Birmingham Town Hall  Way to Blue - The Songs Of Nick Drake

The Witchseason Weekend at the Barbican celebrated the music of Fairport Convention and the Incredible String Band.  Read a review - Very Cellular Songs


 Newsletters:

Read Joe's Newsletters  for news on Upcoming Events as well as reports on musical and other activities he has been involved with over the past few months


International News
(including translations of White Bicycles):

French
German
Spanish
Dutch / Flemish
Italian
Russian

White Bicycles Book Cover

White Bicycles: Making Music in the the 1960s.
Paperback, May 2006

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Reviews

New Reviews from Germany
 
Elegantly written and suspenseful - a masterpiece!
Christoph Wagner, Jazzthetik

Boyd's book is one of the most palatable, subtle and enlightening chronicles of the Sixties.
Hanspeter Künzler, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

White Bicycles is apart from Bob Dylan's autobiographical book 'Chronicles' the best report about pop culture of the Sixties. The chronological arch from the Fifties up to the late Sixties leads into the paradigm shift that seized the USA and Great Britain at that time. Although Boyd does not believe in the assumption that pop music was a turn for the better in the world.  
Ingo Zander, WDR 3

Psychedelic 2007 - 40 years of Summer of love:  probably the best book regarding this anniversary was written by the London based producer Joe Boyd, 'White Bicycles'.  Boyd, by the way, knows how to write really well.
Felix Klopotek, Stadtrevue Köln

Exigent and clever, funny and sad.
Ulf Erdmann Ziegler, Frankfurter Rundschau

US Reviews

"The simple brilliance of... an irresistible tale. Boyd's wit and candor are rare enough, but what truly makes his writing stand out are his insights into an era when rock 'n' roll still seemed exciting and strange."
New York Times Book Review

"Boyd tells...this thoroughly entertaining memoir....with the kind of tender precision that raises 'White Bicycles' far above the ordinary rock bio and into the realm of valuable cultural commentary."
BOSTON SUNDAY GLOBE

"One of the most balanced and engaging look-backs of the '60s yet" NY DAILY NEWS

"A deliciously detailed memoir."
David Fricke, Rolling Stone

"It's an extraordinarily entertaining book; Boyd pulls from a bottomless bag of great stories, and his understated way with a punchline catches you by surprise. The result is a rock memoir marked by the drollery of an old-fashioned show-biz memoir."
Jeff Salamon Austin-American Statesman

"Read it!"
David Kidney, Green Man Review

Compilation wins Mojo Award!

White Bicycles CD cover

White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s - The Joe Boyd Story 
CD, May 2006

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Track Listing:

  1. Crossroads - Eric Clapton & The Powerhouse
  2. Way Back In The 1960s - The Incredible String Band
  3. Because It Wouldn't Pay - Johnny Handle
  4. Spanish Ladies Medley - Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy & Diz Disley
  5. Arnold Layne - Pink Floyd
  6. Granny Takes A Trip - The Purple Gang
  7. She's Gone -  Soft Machine
  8. If I Had A Ribbon Bow - Fairport Convention
  9. Seven Yellow Gypsies - Shirley Collins
  10. Chinese White - The Incredible String Band
  11. Autopsy - Fairport Convention
  12. The Deserter - Fairport Convention
  13. Poor Boy - Nick Drake
  14. The Sea- Fotheringay
  15. Flowers Of The Forest - Mike Heron
  16. Come Wind Come Rain - Vashti Bunyan
  17. Primrose Hill - John & Beverley Martyn
  18. I Don't Mind - The New Nadir (Previously Unreleased)
  19. Church Mouse - Dudu Pukwana & Spear (Previously Unreleased)
  20. Andromeda - Chris Mcgregor's Brotherhood Of Breath
  21. Afraid - Nico
  22. Way To Blue - Nick Drake
  23. Brazil - Geoff & Maria Muldaur

UK Reviews

"One of the most lucid and insightful music autobiographies I've read. Captures evanescent history with remarkable clarity (and) has enough of a grasp of larger issues - historical, philosophical, psychological - to be of interest to readers unfamiliar with the records Boyd produced."
Michael Faber THE GUARDIAN

"Joe Boyd's memoir of his musical adventures is as acute and natural-sounding as his record productions. White Bicycles is as good an adjunct to great popular music as any that's been written."
John Gibbens, Sunday Telegraph.

"This book made me laugh out loud on the tube. Packed full of funny, telling anecdotes and wry, insightful observation, it takes us on a fantastic musical adventure.
Elizabeth Kinder, Folk Roots.

"What a wonderful book! I was so engrossed I missed my train station. A gripping piece of social history and the best book about music I've read in years."
Brian Eno

"Terrific book. The stories he tells are so enthralling and his sense of the period and the characters are so vivid..this engaging and readable book is an important addition to the history of its time."
Hanif Kureshi NEW STATESMAN


New White Bicycles Chapter

During the final edit, I dropped a chapter from White Bicycles. It didn't really fit into the flow of the book, being about the events surrounding the making of the film "Scandal", which I produced in 1988 (but which was about the Sixties, which was why I wrote the chapter in the first place). Taken out of the context of the book, it still makes a good yarn, so consider it a 'bonus track' to White Bicycles, available only online!
Joe


Robert Kirby

Nick Drake's string arranger, Robert Kirby, died in October 2009. He had conducted his original string arrangements for Nick in May of that year in our tribute concert in Birmingham. The strings sounded glorious and he had a wonderful time. He was so looking forward to the concerts coming up the next January and all of us are saddened by his death. It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with him.

I took part in a Radio 4 programme about him called "Last Word". Tributes to Ludovic Kennedy and the Queen's Press Secretary precede Robert's, but at least he comes before the former Queen of Libya! (They play a bit of River Man, although that was the one arrangement of Nick's Robert didn't do!) You can hear it here - it's the one dated October 23.


Carthage Music:

I am still dabbling in the music business as a partner in Carthage, a music publishing company. Artists include Ivo Papasov, Chango Spasiuk and Tony Allen. Click here for Carthage Music News


Syd Barret Tribute Concert


Below is an excerpt of my article featured in the programme of the Syd Barrett tribute concert May 10 2007 at London's Barbican Theatre. View full article.

Syd Barrett Program

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DEMOS!: I have always adhered to the notion that I will listen to anything once. But I am no longer seeking producing gigs, I don't have a label and I don't go to gigs involving WPSEs (White People Singing in English). Serpents Tail have been very polite about forwarding cds people want me to hear. But I urge you NOT to send demos to them. If there is something you feel I absolutely must hear, and have no need for a response from me, please send a stamped envelope to Rebecca for forwarding.