April 16, 2013 13:34

Jarvis Cocker to release book on British folk clubs

'Singing From The Floor' by JP Bean is the Pulp frontman's first acquisition as Editor-at-Large at Faber and Faber

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Jarvis Cocker's first acquisition as Editor-at-Large at book publishers Faber and Faber will be a book on the history of British folk clubs.

'Singing from the Floor' by JP Bean, was recommended to Cocker by Richard Hawley.

"When my friend Richard Hawley said he'd met 'a man in a pub who had a book for me' I have to admit I was slightly dubious," Cocker said in a statement. "But he was right. Singing from the Floor portrays an important movement in vernacular culture in the voices of the people who made it happen – and that's not an easy task. Especially when the events in question took place many years ago and may have involved the consumption of alcohol. JP Bean has captured this moment before it is lost forever, and has made it live again on the page. He's a very clever chap. Let's raise a glass to him."

Richard Hawley added: "This book is about music, music made from life, it's also a work of love. If you love music you'll love this book. Life is better with music and far, far better with love. This book is for the brave lovers of it ALL."

The book documents the British folk revival of the 1950s and 60s where musicians – inspired by the skiffle craze, rediscovered Britain’s traditional folk music alongside the folk and blues being imported from America.

Singing From The Floor will be published in April 2014.

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