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Singing From The Floor

From reviews:

“What a great story this is: a half-century’s remembrance and anecdote… Sheffield native JP Bean has put together something definitive. The pages are rich with vitality and wit.” Mojo*****


“JP Bean has produced a glorious book which does full justice to an honourable history” The Independent

 “There is a telling story or unforgettable vignette on almost every page.”  The Guardian

"A real page-turner - the only time when it isn't is maybe when the reader is too limp with laughing to continue"  Yorkshire Post

 "JP Bean presents a chorus of the anarchic folk movement...the oral history of those who were there in good times and bad, and loudly busked the anthems of the dispossessed" The Times

 “Bean’s elected format allows for anecdotes galore from the surviving folk scene principals but many of the most colourful and evocative memories are by names who will be less recognisable to the non-specialist.”  Uncut – 9/10

“This book cannot be recommended highly enough to anyone with the slightest interest in British folk music. JP Bean has done something that sounds simple in principle but is enormously difficult to pull off. You’ll have to read it for yourself. It’ll be worth it.”   Record Collector*****

"A gripping page-turner"  R2

"In true folk tradition, a story worth handing on" Q Magazine ****


"An evocative oral history of the British folk revival of the fifties and sixties" GQ


"A good read and a valuable document. It was clearly a labour of love, and deserves to be in any folklore library" The Wire

 “Captures vividly the lives of musicians in the 60s… Summons up the mottled charm of a different era.”

Daily Telegraph


“Conjures up a vanished world in lively fashion…the sheer volume of interviewees is staggering”   Metro


"Illuminating and entertaining." Sheffield Telegraph

"A testament to the form's enduring power and the ongoing tensions between its purist and commercial wings" Belfast Telegraph

"This oral history brings some attention back to a scene which was not only vital in its time which kept a tradition alive through some very lean decades" - Glasgow Herald


Five Star Review in MOJO April 2014