All in the Downs - Shirley Collins
Autobiography of English folk-song cult legend Shirley Collins, retelling a life in traditional music.
A heroine of the 1960s folk revival in London, Shirley Collins has lived her whole life in the milieux of traditional music and the English landscape. In this engaging life story, Collins discusses her loves: traditional English song, the people, and the land of her native Sussex. The work is, in in a certain sense, a work of psychogeography through a musical life. A wonderful read, it also relates many anecdotes concerning many well-known folk songs. Recommended for lovers of folk horror, psychogeography, traditional English folk song, and the swinging Sixties.
London: Strange Attractor, 2018. Paperback, x 273 pages. New.