Judy Dyble is a legend. The original female singer for Fairport Convention she left the band after their first album aged only 19, thinking her world had ended. The other members felt that her style of singing wasn't powerful enough (Judy does have a very ethereal voice). She was replaced by Sandy Denny, of course. Judy's boyfriend at the time was Ian McDonald, who answered an ad in Melody Maker and joined Giles, Giles and Fripp, the forerunner of King Crimson. Judy joined this band, but left when her relationship with McDonald ended. She then teamed up with ex-Them singer Jackie McAuley to form Trader Horne.In 1973, Judy left the music business when she married DJ Simon Stable, who was Count Simon De La Bedoyere. Amongst other things they started a tape duplication business, though she did put in the odd appearance at Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival.Simon died in 1994 and Judy was knocked sideways for several years, which she movingly relates in the book. In 2003, she felt able to restart her musical career and has produced several albums to great critical acclaim.2015's 3-CD anthology sold out immediately and was well reviewed in Prog magazine, amongst others.This book is a very human story of life, love and loss, which seems to capture the zeitgeist.
Both Viv Albertine (The Slits) and Tracey Thorn (Everything But The Girl) have written memoirs outlining their lives in and out of music (like Dyble, Albertine was only in the business for a couple of years but has come back to great acclaim in the last few years).This story is written with top music writer Dave Thompson who writes sympathetically and with style.
Born in 1949, Judy Dyble was the original female singer with Fairport Convention, replaced by Sandy Denny. She then teamed up with Robert Fripp for Giles, Giles and Fripp before forming Trader Horne with ex-Them singer Jackie McAuley. She married In 1973 and left the music business. Her husband died in 1994, which devastated her, In 2003, she felt able to restart her music career, releasing albums to great critical acclaim. She is probably better known now than at any other time in her life.Dave Thompson is the British born author of over 100 books, largely dealing with rock and pop music (The Fall, Patti Smith, Rod Stewart, The Sparks and many more), but also covering film, sports, philately, numismatics and erotica. He lives in Newark, Delaware and is married to writer Amy Hanson.
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