The A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields Book and A Visual Accompaniment

  • A Year In The Country-Wandering Through Spectral Fields-book-Stephen Prince-front coverThe A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields text based book will be published around March/April 2018.

    It is subtitled “Journeys in Otherly Pastoralism, the Further Reaches of Folk and the Parallel Worlds of Hauntology.”

    Across 52 chapters and 340 pages the book gathers, revisits and revises writing from the first three years of A Year In The Country, alongside some new wanderings and is intended to draw together and connect layered, at times semi-hidden cultural pathways and signposts; wandering from acid folk to edgelands via electronic music innovators and pioneers, folkloric film and photography, dreams of lost futures and misremembered televisual tales and transmissions.

    Below is an online “cut out and keep” set of visual accompaniments to the chapters of the book, which will build to include all the chapters throughout 2018.

    You can also view the accompanying online images alongside text extracts from the book via this link.


    Chapter 1: Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music: Folk Vs Pop, Less Harvested Cultural Landscapes and Acts of Enclosure, Old and New

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    Left to right: the first and second British editions and the American edition of Rob Young’s Electric Eden book (2010-2011).

    Forest-Full Circle

    The gatefold cover and vinyl of Forest’s album Full Circle (1970).

    Kate Bush-Lionheart-vinyl-A Year In The Country

    The cover and vinyl of Kate Bush’s second album Lionheart (1978).

    The Wicker Man-construction-production photograph

    Construction scaffolding for statue in The Wicker Man film (1973).

    Ghost Box Records logo

    Ghost Box Records logo/artwork.

    Steeleye Span-All Around My Hat-single-1975-The Wombles

    The cover of one of the editions of Steeleye Span’s All Around My Hat single (1975) and characters from The Womble’s television series (1973-1975).

    Acts of Inclosure map-A Year In The Country

    A period map showing enclosure/inclosure of the land.



    Chapter 2: Gather in the Mushrooms – Early Signposts and Underground Acid Folk Explorations

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    Artwork from the Gather in the Mushrooms: The British Acid Folk Underground 1968-1974 compilation album. Released in 2004 and curated by Bob Stanley.

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    Once upon a time lost-lady-of-folk Vashti Bunyan as featured in the sleeve notes to Gather in the Mushrooms.

    Morning Way-Trader Horne-Judy Dyble-A Year In The Country-2

    CD insert cover for Trader Horne’s Morning Way album from 1970, featuring former Fairport Convention member Judy Dyble and Jackie McAuley.

    The Pentangle-Basket of Light-album cover The Sallyangie-Children Of The Sun-Love In Ice Crystals-cover

    Cover art for The Pentangle’s Basket of Light album, featuring their version of Lyke Wake Dirge and The Sallyangie’s Children of the the Sun, featuring a young Mike Oldfield and his sister.

    Forest-Full Circle-psych folk-acid folk-A Year In The Country

    Gatefold photograph from Forest’s 1969 self-titled debut album.

    Early Morning Hush-Folk Underground-Bob Stanley-album-A Year In The CountryEarly Morning Hush-Notes from the UK Folk Underground-album-inner sleeve artworkEarly Morning Hush-Notes from the UK Folk Underground-album-tracklisting

    Artwork from the Early Morning Hush: Notes from the UK Folk Underground 1969-1976 compilation album from 2006, also curated by Bob Stanley.



    To be continued…