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Roots delayed and the Sixties always with us

Dear Mailing List, After the blare of trumpets in the last newsletter about the imminent arrival of the Big Book, the publication date of And the Roots of Rhythm Remain has now been moved to the end of August. There will be launches and events on both sides of the ocean and I’ll be sure […]

And the Roots of Rhythm Remain

Dear Mailing List, Remember me? You may recall that I used to send out newsletters fairly regularly. A few of you even sent messages saying you missed them. My excuse has been that I’ve been consumed by trying to finish the book I’ve been writing for so many years. Well, I’ve finally done it! And […]

Birthday Surprise

Dear Mailing List, Back in the forgotten mists of time, I used to send out regular newsletters… some of you older folk may remember them…   But since I’ve put on the blinkers and have caught a whiff of the stables, I’m racing to the finishing line of my book and haven’t got time for such […]

George Wein

Dear Mailing List, George Wein: October 3, 1925 to September 13, 2021 On a cold January day in 1964, I walked into George Wein’s office on Central Park West. He was looking for a tour manager for the Blues and Gospel Caravan featuring Muddy Waters, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Rev Gary Davis that was booked […]

Old Music For A New Year

Dear Mailing List, As we stagger into 2021, I can suggest a couple of comforting musical crumbs. For those of you in the UK, BBC2 is screening Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace this coming Saturday, January 2 at 2030 ( For Brits, this is, of course, free. For everyone else, the film is available on various digital platforms for […]

Dudu Pukwana

Dear Mailing List,  I got a very nice surprise last year. Matsuli Records got in touch to tell me they had tracked down a project I worked on fifty years ago with the great South African saxophonist, Dudu Pukwana. They have just now released it as a good-looking double vinyl album and, if I do […]

Singer of Tales

Dear Mailing List, This is hardly the ideal time for a newsletter, since there seem to be a plethora of blogs, sharings, essays, diaries, etc triggered by the lockdown. You’re probably tired of people saying you must have time on your hands, so I’ll come straight to the point. Andrea and I produced an album […]

Amazing Grace

Dear Mailing List, Long time no see! The subject of this newsletter is one of the reasons you haven’t heard from me lately. I don’t believe I’ve previously mentioned my involvement in Amazing Grace, the film of Aretha Franklin’s 1972 gospel recording sessions, but I’ve been working on it for some years, helping to get […]

Geoff Muldaur

Hey! I’m still alive. No particularly good reason for the long silence, but I can assure you I’ve been working on the book each and every day – the end is in sight! And of course, I’ve been on a few little tours with our Albanian group, Saz’iso (standing beside the sound man and kibitzing, […]

Saturday Knowledge in East London

Do you any of you live east of Camden Town in London? You can enjoy a hearty Dalston breakfast this coming Saturday (Nov 18th) at an event I’m taking part in called “Porridge and Knowledge”. I’m going to talk there, probably about Nick Drake and how I like to produce records. There’s also music from […]

Upcoming Events:

June 22 2024 – First Light Festival

Interstellar Ideas tent, Lowestoft NR33 0HY

Joe will be speaking about his new book And the Roots of Rhythm Remain in Lowestoft at First Light Festival on June 22nd.

August 9 2024 – Cropredy Festival

Cropredy, Banbury

Joe will be speaking about his new book And the Roots of Rhythm Remain at Cropredy Festival on August 9th.

August 27 2024 – Ropetackle Arts Centre

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, BN43 5EG

Joe will be speaking about his new book And the Roots of Rhythm Remain at the Ropetackle Arts Centre in Shoreham on August 27th.

August 30 2024 – End of the Road

Larmer Tree Gardens, near Blandford, in Dorset

Joe will be speaking about his new book And the Roots of Rhythm Remain at End of the Road on August 30th.

Past Events:

June 8 2024 – Lyse Netter Festival

House of Foundation, Henrik Gerners gate 12, 1530 Moss, Norway

Joe will be speaking about his new book And the Roots of Rhythm Remain in Moss, Norway at Lyse Netter Festival on June 8th.

April 17 2018 – Q&A at Green Note for fRoots Magazine

Green Note, Camden

Joe will be doing his bit for the wonderful and long-enduring fRoots Magazine by donating an “Evening with Joe Boyd” at Green Note in Camden Town. The audience gets to ask him anything they like, be it about Nick Drake, Cuba, Taj Mahal, The Incredible String Band, R.E.M. or Saz’iso!

July 6 2017 – Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club, Waterstones

Unit 30-31 Selbourne Walk Shopping Centre, Walthamstow, London, E17 7JR

Joe is heading to Walthamstow, London, to join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club at Waterstones for conversations about White Bicycles and his current projects. Tickets are £6.96 and are available here