The new (April 2014) issue of
Jazzwise carries a hugely positive review from Stuart Nicholson. As with Sid
Smith in Prog, I'm really pleased that another reviewer has recognised the
wider ambition of the book - chronicling London's extraordinary and
unrepeatable musical world in the 1960s - and thrilled that my efforts seem to
have passed muster.
Among several very generous things
which Stuart says is this:
"Harper['s]... book not only does the subject
justice, but is also an indispensible guide - the best yet written - to the
Brit jazz scene in the 1960s..."
The British jazz scene in the '60s
is very leanly served in book form to date. The field is wide open for further
investigation and revelations, and I very much hope other writers - and
commissioning editors - dive in, and soon. As Sid Smith noted, the era is
coming to the edge of living memory.