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News Bulletins:

UK - Joe to present his 40 top World Music tracks from the past 40 years on BBC Radio 3 October 1st and 8th at 10:15pm.(BBC internet also)

US - Review of White Bicycles in the New York Times
Tour dates:
Oct 2: San Francisco, CA
'Remembering Nick Drake' presented
by City Arts & Lectures / Noisepop
The Herbst Theater, 8pm
Oct 5: Los Angeles, CA
Video Screening and Panel Discussion
presented by American Cinematheque
Egyptian Theater, 8pm

Germany - Seven-city tour in support of the German edition of White Bicycles , with musical accompaniment by Geoff Muldaur.
October 16: Berlin
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
October 17: Hamburg (without Geoff Muldaur)
Pudelssalon c/o Golden Pudel Club

October 19: Munich
October 20: Frankfurt
October 21: Cologne
Gebaude 9
October 22: Bremen
Buchladen Ostertor
October 23: Dusseldorf

International News
(including translations of White Bicycles):

Dutch / Flemish

My latest newsletter reports on musical and other activities over the past few months.

Below is the programme of the Syd Barrett tribute concert May 10 at London's Barbican Theatre.

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.

White Bicycles Book Cover

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

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"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."

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

"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."

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

"the best music book I've ever read. A colorful clear-headed chronicle and an essential archival document"
Fred Mills, Harp/Stomp & Stammer

"the book brims with breezy anecdotes conveyed vividly and with a gentle sentimentality. Far above the ordinary rock bio."
Jim Fusilli, Boston Globe

"Mixes deft sociology with riotous scatology to create one of the most balanced and engaging '60s looks-back yet."
Jim Farber, New York Daily News

"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

I was recently one of the speakers at the Release 40th Anniversary Conference

Compilation wins Mojo Award!

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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