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Tape Leaders is an indispensable reference work on experimental electronic and tape music from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Author Ian Helliwell spent six years researching the pioneering era of British experimental electronics and tape-based music. He then managed to compile 222 pages of information on almost every artist active in the period from the 50s to the 70s.
From Daevid Allen and Peter Zinovieff to well-known names like William Burroughs, Brian Eno and Joe Meek, to more obscure creative minds like Roy Cooper, Donald Henshilwood, or Edgar Vetter, all relevant representatives are present in this book. In addition, EMS and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop are mentioned, as well as amateur researchers, bands and sound collectives that have been involved with experimental sounds, including the Beatles, Hawkwind and White Noise.
Dozens of interviews, compiled facts and the expertise of Ian Helliwell make for a fascinating work that sheds so much light on this fascinating subject. A must for all fans of early electronics!