Dr Strangely Strange - Fitting Pieces To The Jigsaw
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 cornucopia of evocative detail... festooned with images, lyrics, memorabilia, and reinforced with first-hand interviews from the main protagonists, this is a deep dive into a generally misunderstood Irish group... [the book] 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, The Irish Times
'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)
Iain Sinclair's 1969 'Strangelies in Dalston' film is now up on Youtube, complete with a Kip Of The Serenes soundtrack mash-up by Tom Barwood.