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Urban Spacemen And Wayfaring Strangers:
Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of ’60s Rock

by Richie Unterberger

There was a TV show on recently: The Sixties. I missed it. That’s the second time.
If you’re like me, Richie Unterberger’s Urban Spacemen And Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and

Eccentric Visionaries of ’60s Rock is another chance to visit the decade. It’s as eccentric and sprawling and opinionated and obsessive as its mouthful of a title suggests. And that’s praise in this case.

I went right for Tim Buckley (father of current cult favorite singer- songwriter Jeff Buckley). Here was a voice of undeniable range, a gifted and ambitious songwriter, signed to a progressive, visionary label. Yet, even with a significant audience, he cannot be considered successful.

The failure of his musical experiments to gain a wider audience may have contributed to his death by overdose. Arguably—and I would be among those arguing—as with most genius, his was before its time.

The mystery of Tim Buckley is not unraveled in this book, but it is a fascinating read, anyway. It did send me back to his music, where the truth and dark secrets of this troubadour’s imagery resides.

Review Flashback: Recalling some forgotten performers of rock’s real “glory days. by Leonard Gontarek, Pennsylvania Gazette, May 2001

Review © 2001 Gentarek/Pennsylvania Gazette

This book explores the evolution of nineteen intriguing artists bred by the unique 1960s music scene, and traces the musical and cultural threads that gave birth to their electrifying innovations. From folk-rockers to blue- and brown-eyed soulsters to rock satirists and beyond, acclaimed rock author Unterberger uncovers the lives and music of the key visionaries in a mesmerizing decade, including: The Pretty Things, Tim Buckley, Arthur Brown, The Fugs, Bobby Fuller, The Bonzo Dog Band, Fred Neil, The Beau Brummels and many more. Includes cool photos throughout, and a sampler CD highlighting the sounds of some of the featured artists.

Urban Spacemen And Wayfaring Strangers: 400 pages Paperback

© 2000 By Richie Unterberger/Backbeat Books

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