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The String Band Mid-Stream

On one of the furtive escapes into Manhattan I made with my friends Tommy and Jimmy during high school, we were hanging out in Greenwich Village when a Bob-Dylan-wannabe-look-alike on the corner of Bleecker and Macdougall offered us tickets to … Continue reading

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Wee Tam and the Big Huge

As I’ve noted previously, the Incredible String Band demonstrated significant creative growth between each of their first three albums.  That pattern continues on a grand scale with their fourth, Wee Tam and the Big Huge.  In many ways, this is the classic String Band … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of the Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter

The third album released by the Incredible String Band, The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (1968) is, by general consensus, their masterpiece.  It isn’t my personal favorite; indeed it is hard for me to decide which of their albums I like best, … Continue reading

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5000 Spirits In My Head

In the jumble room of my memory, two short fragments of poetry are always associated, although I can’t remember which I learned first.  Both describe the emergence of a delicate paleness from a generalized darkness.  The older of the two—in … Continue reading

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The Incredible String Band Takes to the Road

The self-titled debut of the Incredible String Band was not my first encounter with the boys, as they were then.  I’d been working my way backwards through their catalog from my first hearing of their fifth, Changing Horses.  I loved … Continue reading

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In Appreciation: The Incredible String Band

Christmas was approaching during my final year of high school.  One Saturday evening a group of my art-school-bound friends and I went off to a nearby college campus for a lab theater production .  (It was either Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape or a … Continue reading

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