Offering a warm, amusing, and largely anecdotal commentary on modern England, Colin Irwin seeks out the traditional events, festivals and gigs that are becoming increasingly sidelined in our rapidly changing era of instant communication, multi-culturalism and Pop Idol. During his travels, Irwin drinks with eccentrics, sings with strangers and visits a succession of seriously bizarre events and rituals, such as a concert in Dartmoor Prison, sedan-chair racing in Lancaster, people flying in Bognor, and swimming in the Serpentine on Christmas Day. He discovers that there's an increasing tendency for communities to look inwardly at their own heritage, and while the old ways may be in hiding, they still thrive.
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Colin Irwin has been writing about music for over 25 years. He was assistant editor for Melody Maker, and writes for The Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times. He has been a presenter for BBC2 and BBC Radio 2 presenting their 'Acoustic Roots' series. Previous publications include The Abba Story, Dire Straits and the bestselling: In Search of the Craic (Deutsch, 2003).Review:
"'This book really is accessible to readers from all walks of life and I challenge you not to be chuckling away to yourself by the end of the first chapter!' - Accent 'Irwin loves his roots, both geographical and musical, and it shows. Meet many familiar folk in this hilarious and insightful romp round England's customs and eccentricities. A must-read.' - BBC.co.uk"
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