Roy Harper – A chapter from Ruminating with Roy Harper – a perfect gig.

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Chapter 14 – perfection on the steps and under the stars

I often think back over the hundreds of Harper gigs I have gone to over the years and try to identify which one I have enjoyed most. St Pancras Town Hall was probably the most intimate and Les Cousins is high up there simply because of the thrill of the recording. Then there was the zaniness of the Royal Festival Hall Purcell rooms with Ron Geesin and Ralph McTell in which they kept coming on stage with white lab coats. Or the one with Al Stewart (who the Melody Maker were trying to tee off against Roy as the battle of the acoustic guitarists) when Roy turned up tripping out on acid.

There are many that stick in the mind for a variety of reasons but one always keeps resurfacing and never fails to bring a smile to my…

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