Roy Harper book Sold Out!

Great news on the Roy Harper book.

The publisher has just informed me that it has sold out and he has ordered a new print run which should arrive mid-September.

Amazon has a couple left

and there are three left at Burning Shed https://burningshed.com/opher-goodwin_roy-harper-on-track_book?filter_tag=Opher%20Goodwin

I too have three copies left out of my three batches if anyone wants a signed copy.

Thank you all so much for your support and the fabulous reviews. They really cheer me up.

What is more important is that so many of you feel that I’ve done justice to Roy’s incredible body of work. It is time we had a celebration of the songs of Britain’s best singer-songwriter. He deserves much greater recognition.

Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track) Paperback – 29 July 2021

Thank you all for the likes, purchases and wonderful reviews. I really appreciate it.

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Top reviews from United Kingdom

Adrian Mcgachie5.0 out of 5 starsShould 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…

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Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track) Paperback – 29 July 2021

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!

david hughes5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about Roy Harper recordings

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

M J Wilkinson5.0 out of 5 stars Highly informative

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

M. Ruston5.0 out of 5 stars A Biography of Sorts

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

Paul Laidler5.0 out of 5 stars A treat for Roy Harper fans.

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)

https://burningshed.com/opher-goodwin_roy-harper-on-track_book?filter_tag=Opher%20Goodwin

Copies signed by myself can be purchased directly from me – email opher@hotmail.co.uk

A BIG THANKYOU TO ALL THOSE LEAVING REVIEWS!!!

Thank you!

Photos for the Roy Harper book.

Photos in the Roy Harper book.

Thank you for all who sent in photos. I did send them off to the publisher who selected what he wanted to include. Sorry to those who did not get featured but I am starting to edit the second book and will be looking to include a number of those photos in that one.

Do not despair!

if you have any photos of Roy, particularly from the early years, that you would like me to consider for inclusion in the second book please wing them my way to opher@hotmail.co.uk Cheers!

BTW – I’ve just posted the third batch of books for those who requested them!! You should receive them soon!

Roy Harper – First Batch of Harper Books Dispatched!!


I had a busy morning signing books, parcelling up and addressing!

I don’t think I’m very good at it!!

The lady in the Post Office wasn’t too pleased to see me and neither were the people behind me in the queue. I just made the post. It was a little fraught.

The good news is that the first batches of books are in the post and should be arriving shortly. Please acknowledge when you get them!
I still have some more copies if anybody else wants me to sign a copy (email me at opher@hotmail.co.uk) and they are available at Burning Shed (the publisher’s site) Search – Roy Harper (burningshed.com) and the book will be available from Amazon on July 29th Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track) : Opher Goodwin: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Cheers Opher – I’m off to have a sit-down!!

Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track) Paperback – 16 July 2021

Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track) Paperback – 16 July 2021

The celebration of Roy’s superb songs and song-writing is complete and due for release on 16th July on Amazon.

Thanks to everyone who sent in photos. My publisher selected the ones he wanted to use. Don’t worry if yours isn’t in there. I shall include a number of others when I complete the second book.

The book is available for pre-order from Amazon:

Roy Harper: Every Album, Every Song (On Track): Amazon.co.uk: Opher Goodwin: Books

It is also available for pre-order from BurningShed.com:

Roy Harper On Track (burningshed.com)

I will also have a number for anybody who wants a signed copy (I will have to add postage though!

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

The book is still waiting!

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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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