Top reviews from United Kingdom
Adrian Mcgachie5.0 out of 5 stars Should sit beside any serious reading of the music by Roy Harper.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2021Verified PurchaseRoy Harper is not for everyone, and can be divisive, contrary, thought provoking, beautiful and lyrical, and that can be all in the space of just one twenty minute song.
This book though is an anthology that deserves to sit by your side, in, as I say in the title, any reading of this masterful lyricist, singer, songwriter, and poet. The music, by any standards, is so complex, that it deserves to one day to sit besides the greatest works of the greatest authors, lyricists, and poets, to be contemplated over for decades, nay, centuries, to come.
This book will hopefully reveal a corner of that tapestry, to assist scholars to unveil for themselves, for years to come.
If you’re not a scholar, just enjoy, as a music lover!
A very enjoyable companion to Roy’s music, to have by your side.
Stewart Harper5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading if you are a Harper Fan!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2021This was an epic undertaking…And it doesn’t fall short…I absolutely loved it! Even as a long term Fan…There is lots of brilliant insights into forging of the Songs…Anecdotal discourse from Someone who was there…Who Himself was an instant Fan…Then a Friend…Long before any kind of Spotlight truly hit Roy…It is extremely informative and details alot of hidden aspects…Observations and revelations…Which only serve and deepen your appreciation…For Roy’s Body of Work…It is the perfect Companion…And is a must…IMHO…You’ll find yourself reconnecting…With alot of the albums…And tracks…On another level…I raced through it…And started to reread it immediately again…I don’t do that with alot of books…The only spoiler alert…It’s a must…For any lover of Roy’s output!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 August 2021 Verified Purchase
Excellent and enjoyable – thorough, detailed, super anecdotes and “eye witness”, and an easy and fun read. Written by a true fan but not sycophantic – Harper is not that sort of writer/performer. Makes me want to play every song (again). Nice job
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 7 August 2021 Verified Purchase
As a fan of Roy Harper for 50 years, I was really pleased to discover this writer and this great, highly informative book. Highly recommended
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 July 2021
The closest we have come to a Roy Harper autobiography is 2003’s ‘The Passions of Great Fortune’, Roy’s own book of lyrics, pictures and reminiscences. It leaves more questions than answers. Goodwin’s song by song semi-biography is a really welcome addition to the Roy Harper history that many of us only half know. Goodwin manages to review each song in context and gives us a domestic structure that we’ve previously had to guess at. He’s obviously a fan (who isn’t?) and his passion even extends to ruminating on what would have made a better single in 1970. (‘I Hate The White Man’ or ‘Another Day’?). The writing is energetic, insightful and, in many places, inspired. The book provides a perfect companion to the music and the music provides a perfect companion to your life. 6 people found this helpful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 August 2021
As soon as I started reading “on track…..Roy Harper” I was hooked. This is an excellent idea that has been well executed by Opher Goodwin.
The level of detail is brilliant and it has added a slightly different dimension to my love of Roy Harper’s music.
Opher clearly knows the man and his music very well.
It does as the title suggests, going through the songs on each album one by one. There are lots of descriptions of playing style and personal thoughts from the author.
Highly recommended. 3 people found this helpful
It is also available at Burning Shed (The publisher’s own site)
Copies signed by myself can be purchased directly from me – email email@example.com
A BIG THANKYOU TO ALL THOSE LEAVING REVIEWS!!!