Tape Leaders: A Compendium of Early British Electronic Music Composers | Ian Helliwell
Tape Leaders, by multi-media artist Ian Helliwell, is a truly indispensable reference source for anyone interested in electronic sound and its origins in the UK. With entries for almost every music-maker actively involved in experimental electronics and tape recordings in the formative period (prior to 1971), this beautiful hardback book reveals the stories and hidden histories of early British electronic music.
Split into chapters that cover individual music composers, experimental amateurs and electronic music groups - the coverage includes both the globally well-known (Joe Meek, Brian Eno, etc.) to the ultra obscure.
Helliwell carried out his research over a period of six years, in which time he undertook dozens of interviews, amassing a truly unique body of work. Beautifully illustrsated throughout, this is an essential volume for anyone wishing to explore the history of the UK electronic music scene during the '50s and '60s.
*INITIAL COPIES COME WITH 15 TRACK 'TAPE LEADERS' SAMPLER, FEATURING THE WORK OF TRISTRAM CARY, ERNEST BERK, FC JUDD AND MORE*