A people's history of Fairport Convention to be published

Fairport Convention
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A people's history of Fairport Convention featuring contributions from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson and Doane Perry, Ralph McTell, producer Joe Boyd among others, is to be published.

Gonna See All My Friends - A People’s History of Fairport Convention, which takes its title from Fairport’s Richard Thompson-penned anthem Meet On The Ledge, will be published in October by Spenwood Books on November 18.

The fully authorised book tells the Fairport Convention story anew, with eyewitness accounts from their very first show through to their 2022 Wintour and Cropredy Festival appearances, through the memories of over 250 fans, friends and collaborators.

"All our fans have a common interest or fondness in Fairport, but every one of them has made a separate journey to get there," says bassist Dave Pegg. "In reading all these individual reminiscences, fans will get a perspective they couldn’t get any other way.

"Fairport have performed thousands of gigs over the last 55 years and we’ve touched people’s lives in more ways than we sometimes realise. It’s been fabulous to read these stories and see what our music means to people."

The 384 page Gonna See All My Friends - A People’s History of Fairport Convention features an introduction by Fairport historian Nigel Schofield, and is fully illustrated and packed with full colour photos and memorabilia.

Pre-order Gonna See All My Friends - A People’s History of Fairport Convention.

Fairport Convention

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.