Bert: The Life and Times of A. L. Lloyd

Folk singer and people song collector, author, painter, journalist, paintings critic, whalerman, sheep station roustabout, Marxist, and masses extra - this can be the tale of A. L. (Bert) Lloyd's amazing life.

A. L. Lloyd performed a key half within the folks track revival of the Fifties and 60s, yet that's merely a part of his tale. Dave Arthur files how Lloyd turned a member of the Communist celebration, forceful antifascist, alternate unionist and an incredible a part of left-wing tradition from the early Thirties to his loss of life in 1982. Following his go back from Australia as a 21-year-old, self-educated agricultural labourer, he used to be on the middle of an important left-wing hobbies and hugely revered for his wisdom in quite a few fields.

Dave Arthur recounts the lifetime of an inventive, passionate and life-loving Marxist, and in so doing presents a social background of a turbulent 20th century.

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21. Catterick military Camp. Nailing up a duplicate of The Turret, 1942. 22. Trooper Lloyd at Catterick, engaged on The Turret, 1942. 23. within the Camargue, France, January 1947, interviewing a gardian (Camargue cowboy). 24. within the Camargue, France, January 1947. 25. taking part in the guitar at domestic – a personal ardour. 26. Charlotte Lloyd (née Ohly). 27. Caroline and Joe Lloyd, Greenwich Park, circa 1950. 28. Bert, Charlotte and Joe, circa 1947. 29. With Ewan MacColl, 1962. Peggy Seeger’s tools within the foreground. 30. With Ray Fisher and Anne Briggs, 1962. 31. Bob Dylan on the Singers’ membership, December 1962. 32. With Ewan MacColl on the Singers’ membership. 33. Bert and Alf Edwards rehearse for Centre forty two, Wellingborough, September 1962. 34–36. Bert along with his books, Seventies. 37. At domestic in 1966. 38. at the Isle of Lewis, 1978, computing device on the prepared. 39. Bert within the Seventies. viii Arthur T02577 00 pre eight 02/04/2012 11:36 Foreword I first observed the identify A. L. Lloyd at the Penguin booklet of English people Songs within the university library, and thank heavens it was once there. not just did it supply the school’s budding folks singers higher verses for ‘John Barleycorn’ or ‘Banks of the candy Primroses’, it was once consulted through the song division, and spared us having to sing the extra prim Victorian models of our nationwide people songs in school. Over the subsequent 5 years or so, I grew to become acutely aware significant bite of the repertoire available in the market at the people scene, being sung through Anne Briggs, Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy and near to every person else, owed whatever to the gathering, examining, or simply tweaking of Bert Lloyd. In my outdated band Fairport conference, as our curiosity within the culture grew, people tune in England was once on a regular basis consulted because the usual paintings, and after we begun electrifying outdated ballads and giving them a backbeat, Bert used to be one of many few figures from the folks institution who used to be open-minded and supportive. once we have been placing jointly the Liege and Lief album, rehearsing deep within the Hampshire geographical region, engaged on ballads comparable to ‘Matty Groves’ and ‘Tam Lin’, Bert was once at the finish of the telephone to offer us aid and encouragement. I merely met him once or twice, and that i think my influence is of generosity – beneficiant along with his time, wisdom and voice – the sort of hot, giving device. in case you may perhaps say a voice may smile, that’s my influence of Bert’s. so much of what i do know approximately him I realized from Dave Swarbrick, who labored with him on many initiatives, and that i understand what an insignificant drop within the ocean that wisdom is. i'm delighted to now have Dave Arthur’s ebook to fill within the remainder of the tale of a particularly impressive guy. Richard Thompson OBE ix Arthur T02577 00 pre nine 02/04/2012 11:36 Preface Few lives intersect with such a lot of others, or even fewer with such a lot of lives fascinating of their personal correct, as did the lifetime of A. L. Lloyd. In writing his biography Dave Arthur, no matter if he got down to do it or no longer, has came upon himself mining a wealthy seam within the background of twentieth-century Britain. it's a seam which runs from the melancholy that drove kids like Bert Lloyd to the colonies, during the political turmoil of the Thirties which fuelled a migration of artists and intellectuals in the direction of the Marxist left, on via a chilly struggle opposed to communism which the army defeat of fascism, to a realigned political tradition during which idealism was once required to regulate, occasionally reluctantly, to harsh realities.

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