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Empty Pocket Blues: The Life & Music of Clive Palmer
"Empty Pocket Blues is the biography of Clive Palmer, a beatnik banjo player who began playing skiffle, jazz and folk in 1950s London, honed his skills by busking in Paris and then moved to Scotland (influencing the young Billy Connolly, among many others) to co-found the legendary Incredible String Band. Leaving them after their first album in 1966 to hitchhike to Afghanistan, he had many adventures and the occasional brush with the law. In the early '70s he was part of the thriving Cornish folk scene, where he arguably produced his best work, including two albums with Clive's Original Band (C.O.B.) which have influenced a whole new generation of musicians, notably Devendra Banhart. Clive is still playing and releasing albums to this day, a bona-fide musical treasure. The book contains much new information on the early days of the Incredible String Band and Clive's years in Cornwall. Billy Connolly, who greatly admires Clive's work (and gave him a banjo!), contributes the foreword; the book will appeal to those with an interest in both the musical and the social history of the period." 224 pages, paperback. Full-color cover, b/w illustrations throughout.