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Friday, 26 January 2018

Incredible String Band - The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (Full Album)

I haven't ever listened to this before.  Nevertheless. I was looking at Mike Heron's recent book You Know What You Could Have Been and wondering whether to buy it (when I've got the money). It interests me mainly because of his account of late 50s/early 60s Edinburgh.  Slightly before my time but on the cusp of what I can myself remember, having spent some time around the Edinburgh 'Bohemian' quarter in the late 70s . Before it all went downhill.   I believe it's vitally important to write down what it was like BEFORE. So that people will know.  I think I might definitely have bought the book had Mike Heron written it all - however, he didn't, he only wrote the first 99 pages, his tale ends in 1966 and the rest is basically a separate book by Andrew Greig, whose work I don't know at all.

I once met a woman who said she had been in the Incredible String Band.  I've no idea if that was true. I was in my mid-teens, in a Perthshire hotel bar having a respectable lunch with my parents, and she approached me, and sang a song.  It was quite remarkable. I also happened upon Robin Williamson singing live at a small outdoor concert in the Borders.  Also quite remarkable.  Chance encounters.

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