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October 2011

Bert Jansch: thoughts on a departed giant of acoustic music

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So extensive has been the coverage of Bert Jansch's death, and therefore his life, that it may seem unnecessary for Salut! Live to add anything to the long and detailed obituaries published elsewhere.

However, Jansch was such an important figure in British music, especially acoustic music and folk-rock, that it would be negligent not to record his passing and share with readers some material they are unlikely to find in those other accounts.

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Joan Baez: from Marseille to Monaco, jour et nuit

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When you leave a concert hall where spectators have been dressed as if for the opera, many of the women dripping with jewellery and perched atop high heels, it is easy to forget you were there for a spot of folk music. The sense of incongruity sharpens on crossing the road to see that the shops in this part of town have Rolls-Royces and Bentleys for their window displays.

The remarkable phenomenon that is Joan Baez, touring at 70 with the energy of a woman half her age, had reached Monaco.

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