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The Shambles Joe Boyd - Book - White Bicycles. (12) RE: Joe Boyd - Book - White Bicycles. 03 Apr 07


The book doesn't make any specific reference to white bicycles as far as I remember, I guess the author chose the title because it embodied the spirit of the times.

Perhaps you needed to have been in London in those days.

I suggest that like the author, anyone who was in London and who heard Tomorrow perform 'My White Bicycle' - with Steve Howe's thrilling and loud overuse of the (then brand new) wah-wah pedal will instantly be taken back to those times by the book's title.

'Making music in the 1960's' was the book's subtitle. Which probably explains why there is very little of the author's personal life and why this book ends when it does.

There are specific references both to the song and to the white bicycles of Amsterdam which inspired the song and which reflected the ideals of that short moment in time. For there is also reference to a return to Amsterdam only a short time later - to find the once freely provided white bicycles, stolen and painted over.


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