Dr Strangely Strange - Fitting Pieces To The Jigsaw
'Excellent... A quirky snapshot of a vanished arcadia...
(From the new issue of Mojo, out now)
'A rewardingly rich feast... the picture painted of Dublin’s fecund counterculture scene, and the lot of itinerant musicians at the turn of the 70s as they barrel between polytechnics, folk clubs and arts labs, is as detailed and illuminating as any sociological tract – and a million times funnier/more poignant...'
5-stars, Record Collector - see Book Reviews tab for full text.
‘Exceptionally engaging… The definitive account of the era’s craziness, hijinks and musical cross-pollination… A superb collage of research and oral history… This will rank among 2019’s best rock reads.’
Kris Needs, Prog Mag
'A fond and fabulously detailed account of how the baroque woodsmoke-scented acid folk of Dr Strangely Strange was propelled by everything from blues, music hall, cartoon art, Paul Klee, James Joyce and the Incredible String Band in the spangled psychedelic glade of late '60s Dublin counter-culture. Whittaker's book is both a joyous tale of musical eccentricity and a charming and valuable document of the Anglo-Irish underground..
Mark Ellen, former editor of Mojo and Word Magazine
MUSIC BOOK OF THE FORTNIGHT
There’s something truly joyous about reading an oral history… [The book] features lengthy contributions from band members... [and] the result is a vivid, varied portrait of a particular time and place. Whittaker doesn’t search laboriously for the facts. He lets particular anecdotes capture the magic of the era and the music – and this is what makes Fitting Pieces To The Jigsaw such a great read.
Peter McGoran, Hot Press
'A great, anecdote-laden book...' 5 stars.
Simon Cosyns, The Sun
'...a much-needed book that delves into Irish pop culture like no other, and that highlights a psych-folk group we should all start listening to again.'
Tony Clayton-Lea (preview quote from The Irish Times review)
'Heroic retrievals, digging and sifting the mists of memory, reveal the secret history of a Dublin band finding themselves, and the words and sounds of that city's emerging subterranean moment.'
Iain Sinclair (author, pyschogeographer and Dublin contemporary of the Strangelies)