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I've Always Kept a Unicorn


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The definitive biography of Sandy Denny, one of the most influential folk-rock artists of all time.

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Since the 1970s, Mick Houghton has written on music for various publications including Sounds, Time Out and, more recently, Mojo and Uncut. He worked as a PR at Warner Brothers, before setting up his own agency, Brassneck Publicity, where he's represented artists such as Echo the Bunnymen, Julian Cope, Spiritualized, Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, and the KLF. As one of the Grammy-nominated compilers of the box set Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra Records, 1963-1973, he went on to write the critically acclaimed Becoming Elektra: The True Story of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label, published in 2010. He lives in London.


I've Always Kept a Unicorn is rich in insight from those who loved and despaired of her. While never over-embroidering the story, Houghton builds it through the intelligent and sensitive recall of everyone from Thompson to the Guardian's Richard Williams. The Guardian

Mick Houghton's scrupulously researched biography draws a detailed picture both of Denny's increasingly complex mental state and of the London folk scene in the Sixties and Seventies. . . [An] authoritative and comprehensive biography. Fiona Sturges Independent Houghton unpicks her story with sensitivity, but does not shy away from the more unpalatable details. . . [An] admirably level-headed account. Graeme Thomson Mail on Sunday I've Always Kept A Unicorn lays legitimate claim to being the most comprehensive account yet of a career of often unrealised promise Uncut 8/10 A flaws-and-all celebration of one woman and her timeless music Mojo 4**** Expertly written, definitive biography Shindig 5****

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