Writing in the Morning Star, Mark Gregory reviews Dave Arthur’s Bert: the Life and Times of AL Lloyd, describing it as “a riveting story of a man, his friends, relations, triumphs, tragedies, his wide-ranging influence and his ideas”. Gregory writes:
Bert Lloyd – or AL Lloyd – is well known by folk-song lovers in many countries and he occupies a special niche in Australia because he knew, sang and recorded many of the old bush songs during the six years he spent in the bush there after emigrating from London at the age of 16.
Dave Arthur’s biography encompasses not only those early beginnings but the breadth of Lloyd’s contribution to translation, radio documentary, ethnographic film, industrial song, folklore, poetry, broadcasting, magazine journalism, teaching and radical politics…
…Lloyd’s engagement with and interest in so many aspects of his time described in this biography shine through.
And it documents yet another side of Lloyd – his admiration for Bob Dylan and interest in the use of electric instruments to deliver centuries-old ballads and tunes to large audiences.
It’s an excellent biography and the author and Pluto Press are to be commended for bringing it out.
Visit the Morning Star to read the review in full.
The Life and Times of A. L. Lloyd
Dave Arthur. Foreword by Richard Thompson OBE. Preface by Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen Sedley
The definitive biography of the folk legend and left-wing activist.
“When everyone else was listening to Cream, I was listening to A. L. Lloyd.” – Frank Zappa
“I’m old enough and have been close enough to many of the events recounted in this thoroughly but sympathetically researched book to recognise the ring of truth when I hear it.” – Bill Leader, record producer (Bert Jansch)