Elsewhere Art . . . Bert Jansch

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Elsewhere Art . . . Bert Jansch

As we've noted somewhere at Elsewhere, about every eight years some well-intentioned British rock magazine like Mojo or Uncut will deliver a huge article about Nick Drake as a great artist in the hope of ressurecting his short career for a new audience.

At any given moment since his death in 1974, there have probably been almost exactly the same number of people who know and love his work.

It's not quite the same with the great British guitarist/singer Bert Jansch who founded the seminal Anglofolk group Pentangle and then had a prolific solo career, despite him not getting the same reverential treatment as Drake.

At the time of his death in 2011 there were numberous Jansch albums out there and most have been reissued over the years, up until the present day.

That has kept his name alive more so than that of Drake.

This collage was created to accompany an article about Jansch and draw attention to an excellent book about Jansch and his circle by Colin Harper: Dazzling Stranger; Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival.

That article is here.

For my money he was much more interesting (but as an alcoholic more slowly self-destructive) than Nick Drake, despite the best efforts of British rock writers to persuade us otherwise.

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russell campbell - Aug 29, 2022

I'll be cheeky and post a link for a Bert Jansch cover on YouTube by my son.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1EGD55MM7U&t=30s

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