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How was one man present at so many pivotal points of the birth of modern rock? Joe Boyd's classic memoir of the 60s music scene reissued as a Serpent's Tail Classic, with a new foreword by Hanif Kureishi

About the Author

Record and film producer Joe Boyd was born in Boston in 1942 and graduated from Harvard in 1964. He went on to produce Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, REM and many others. He produced the documentary 'Jimi Hendrix' and the film 'Scandal'. In 1980 he started Hannibal Records and ran it for 20 years. Boyd lives in London where he writes for the Guardian and Independent. His next book is about World Music.


Gloriously entertaining ... even those unfamiliar with back catalogues and B-sides will be intrigued by Boyd's ability to dish the dirt

The simple brilliance of White Bicycles is that its author never overstates his own importance or exaggerates his failings, and still ends up telling an irresistible tale.
*The New York Times*

From Dylan to Pink Floyd, Boyd was there and luckily for us, he can remember it all
*Daily Express*

An excellent memoir
*Sunday Express*

[Boyd] was at the heart of the action ... But there's much to interest non-music fans as well
*Mail on Sunday*

Drake's suicide provides the memoir with its most poignant episode, but there are plenty of colourful anecdotes
*Sunday Telegraph*

A brisk, wised-up and highly entertaining consideration of a crucial musical epoch's many facets.

One of the most entertaining and insightful rock 'n' roll books I've read
*Courier Mail, Brisbane Australia*

Whenever anything musically noteworthy occurred in the 60s, Joe Boyd was probably nearby ... White Bicycles bursts with rollicking anecdotes, eyewitness accounts and canny observations about politics and youth ... Boyd guides us through the decade with keen ears and restless intellectual curiosity

Brilliant and inspiring ... one of the finest music books ever
*Mike Scott, The Waterboys*

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