I received my copy of Black Europe last week and was more than somewhat overwhelmed by it all. I have only managed to play nine CDs so far and have been browsing the books in a totally random fashion.Given time I will be reading every word of the text.
What a fantastic document you have produced – a piece of musical and social history research that will probably remain the last word on the subject for many years to come, if not always.The amount of research in to lives and works of these, mostly, obscure artist is mind-boggling.
Congratulations on a superb work that should be in every public library and university that claims an interest in Black history and culture. You have right to feel a warm glow of self-satisfaction.
I will be submitting a review to For The Record magazine, although it will be aimed at a non-specialist readership, rather than one with a deep interest in the subject.
Bill Dean-Myatt, author, Scottish Discography