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ISBN: 0571278906
Author: Mick Houghton
Language: English
Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (2001)
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I've Always Kept a Unicorn tells the story of Sandy Denny, one of the greatest British .

I've Always Kept a Unicorn tells the story of Sandy Denny, one of the greatest British singers of her time and the first female singer-songwriter to produce a substantial and enduring body of original songs. Sandy Denny laid down the marker for folk-rock when she joined Fairport Convention in 1968. authoritative and comprehensive biography. Fiona Sturges Independent. Houghton unpicks her story with sensitivity, but does not shy away from the more unpalatable details.

I’ve Always Kept a Unicorn – a line from Denny’s piano ballad Solo – is rich in insight from .

I’ve Always Kept a Unicorn – a line from Denny’s piano ballad Solo – is rich in insight from those who loved and despaired of her. While never over-embroidering the story, Houghton builds it through the intelligent and sensitive recall of everyone from Thompson to the Guardian’s Richard Williams. He also draws on interviews that Denny gave to publications such as Melody Maker, which twice crowned her best female vocalist of the year.

I've Always Kept a Unicorn book. Houghton's biography of Sandy Denny was published in 2015, the latest in a number of biogs on Sandy and her music

I've Always Kept a Unicorn book. Houghton's biography of Sandy Denny was published in 2015, the latest in a number of biogs on Sandy and her music. Clinton Heylin wrote 'No More Sad Refrains-The life and times of Sandy Denny' in 2002, after his 'Gypsy Love Songs & Sad Refrains-The Recordings of Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny' in 1989.

Sandy’s unconventional journey . This isn’t the first time Sandy Denny has been the subject of a biography, but this most satisfactory tome focuses fully, and quite rightly, on Sandy the songwriter and musician who developed her career as a member of Fairport Convention and Fotheringay, and then ultimately floundered as a solo artist. From Richard Thompson’s foreword on, the book has an underlying positive and celebratory tone. RC contributor Mick Houghton charts the early Fairport days extremely well, and documents Denny’s solo years against her variable relationship with husband Trevor Lucas.

Mick Houghton’s authorative biography does much to redress the balance, realign a growing sense that she deserves even more acclaim and address a few injustices – including the lack of recompense for her vocals on Led Zep’s Battle Of Evermore. The title is an appropriate one, Denny’s talent as a songwriter was to mix the mundane with fantasy – the song it is taken from, Solo, also renounces the attractions of wealth and fame, and for someone who refused to play the game, was close to a life’s motto. Sandy Denny laid down. Sandy Denny laid down the marker for folk-rock when she joined Fairport Convention in 1968, but her music went far beyond this during the seventies.

Further support comes from Mick Houghton, author of an acclaimed 2015 biography of Denny and who came up with the concept for I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn, named after a line in her 1974 piano ballad Solo and which also doubles as the title of Houghton’s book

Further support comes from Mick Houghton, author of an acclaimed 2015 biography of Denny and who came up with the concept for I’ve Always Kept A Unicorn, named after a line in her 1974 piano ballad Solo and which also doubles as the title of Houghton’s book. The pure, solo, and most untouchable Sandy Denny was never captured on record, he says with regret.

I’ve Always Kept a Unicorn tells the story of Sandy Denny, one of the greatest British singers of her time and the first female British singer-songwriter to produce a substantial and enduring body of original songs. Sandy emerged from the passionate, hard-drinking folk scene of the sixties – a world of larger-than-life characters such as Alex Campbell, Bert Jansch, Jackson C. Frank, Anne Briggs and her future husband, the Australian singer Trevor Lucas

Books : I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny (Hardcover). I've Always Kept a Unicorn tells the story of Sandy Denny one of the greatest British singers of her time and the first female British singer-songwriter to produce a substantial and enduring body of original songs. Sandy emerged from the passionate hard-drinking folk scene of the sixties - a world of larger-than-life characters such as Alex Campbell Bert Jansch Jackson C. Frank Anne Briggs and her future husband the Australian singer Trevor Lucas.

Ive Always Kept a Unicorn

Comments:

Lamranilv
This is a compelling read, another story of the frustrations of a major talent who didn't quite fit into a market niche. On a certain level the story mirrors the frustrated careers of musicians as diverse as Thelonius Monk or Alex Chilton, even if the particulars are completely different. The end is awful and really the only way to recover is to listen to her numerous recorded triumphs. I think she was a bit too weighty for the broad market, definitely enough of a sixties sensibility that she was lost in the garbage that followed.

Houghton has fabulous sources, including many of the major contributors to the Britfolk surge of the late sixties and shortly after. The author has also included a thoughtful discography. I was lucky enough to catch Fotheringport as a warm-up act during 1974 and I was mightily impressed (pretty much the Live Convention set which Houghton dismisses but which will always be a favorite of mine). Denny's wayward husband Trevor Lucas sort of regains his name here after being thoroughly trashed in Joe Boyd's otherwise excellent White Bicycles (may have been a romantic rivalry). Truly a beach read, even if the end is almost unbearable.
Fesho
In every cloud with a silver lining, there's also plenty of gray even blackness.

Sandy Denny was an amazing talent and Mick Houghton's book digs in giving us details of Sandy's childhood, insecurities and breakthroughs as a recording artist.

The cloud of Denny's talent could easily overwhelm most folks. If she hadn't thought to leave Fairport Convention, it's possible that Richard Thompson and the other members of the band might not have flourished the way that they did. She was a force of nature which was evident in anything that she tried. Sometimes it overwhelmed Sandy herself.

Houghton's excellent book also details Sandy's struggle with alcohol , cocaine and the difficulty she had with her marriage.

Sandy's tragically short life (she died as a result of blunt force trauma to her head--she had injured herself and mixed alcohol with Dextropropoxyphene which had been prescribed for her head pain. This can often lead to toxic effects) provided a lifetime of great music but at what cost?

Highly recommended.
mIni-Like
This Sandy Denny bio is informative and thorough in fleshing out the details of one of the great tortured artists and difficult personalities of poplar music. Interviews and first hand accounts of many of the habitués of the English 60s and 70s folk scene gives it an authority that far outstrips the circumspect musings of the extensive cannon of Denny/Fairport/Fotheringay liner note listings. Much of the tone of the book — which is ever-so-slightly fawning about her great vocal talent and at times magnetic personality — is set by these interviews and personal recollections. It manages to give a complete picture of Denny that explains all the twists and turns her career took while giving a (not exactly unvarnished) clearer picture of her own contributions to her seemingly constant troubles.

While it is the most comprehensive account of Denny to date, it suffers from some flaws that range from minor to more substantial. The narrative jumps time periods frequently so that only a handful of the most knowledgeable insiders will be able to know for sure when exactly events happened and in what order; there is nothing wrong with a non-liner narrative but in this case it often gets so muddled to the point of being a distraction. It also relies too heavily on some sources that seem to say the same thing again and again in slightly different ways, or in piling on redundant commentary to make points that are minor at best; it could have used a better edit with an eye to reducing overstatement. The greatest flaw, however, seems to be that even though you follow Denny and see her throughout the book through the eyes of her contemporaries, you rarely have a sense of place or truly feel the atmosphere of what must have been quite an interesting time to live through. In other words, there is rarely a sense of immediacy or vibrancy, only one of history.
Kagaramar
Sandy Denny is my favorite female vocalist by far, so I was very interested to read about her life. What I learned is that, as with many extremely gifted folks, she was a tortured soul. This book was written with loads of compassion and carefully researched insight. Anyone interested in British Folk rock, talented performers, or wonderful people, this book is for you.

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