//BOOK: COLIN HARPER – Echoes From Then: Glimpses of John McLaughlin 1959–75
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BOOK: COLIN HARPER – Echoes From Then: Glimpses of John McLaughlin 1959–75


If acclaimed author and musician Colin Harper’s 2014 biography of virtuoso guitarist McLaughlin – Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond – didn’t bring ample and extraordinary enough detail in its vividness, this companion piece takes an important step further.

Echoes From Then contains a substantially revised version of the bonus content exclusive to the e-book edition of Bathed In Lightning along with many new chapters based on recent research.

Highlights include: revelatory new chapters on John’s time with Big Pete Deuchar & His Professors of Ragtime (1959–60) and the Tony Meehan Combo (1963–64); a look at probably the world’s first John McLaughlin interview, from The Wandsworth Advertiser in March 1963; an investigation into John’s ‘60s recordings with Georgie Fame; the beginnings of Graham Bond’s Quartet in 1963; Arjen Gorter’s recollections of Gunter Hampel’s Time Is Now (1968); period coverage of the release of Duffy Power’s Innovations (1971); an audience with Gene Perla, the ‘Pete Best’ of the Mahavishnu Orchestra; four chapters on the adventures of the second Mahavishnu Orchestra on the road (1974–75); and four forensic appendices covering John’s British recording and broadcasting sessions 1963–69, his US recording sessions 1969–75, his known British concert appearances from 1963–68, and the second Mahavishnu Orchestra’s concert appearances 1974–75 (all newly updated and expanded).

Echoes From Then also includes licensed period content from four great British music writers of the 70s: Jerry Gilbert, Hugh Fielder, Andrew Means, Charles Shaar Murray and Richard Williams. 

Product Description

‘Echoes From Then: Glimpses of John McLaughlin 1959–75’ by COLIN HARPER

(Publ. November 2017; Market Square Music Ltd; ISBN 978-1-5272-1283-1)

  • 176,000 words
  • 16 glossy pages of rare photos*
  • further 80 pages of period adverts relevant to John McLaughlin’s path through ‘60s Britain to the Mahavishnu Orchestra in New York.

*Photos include rare or previously unpublished images from Christian Rose (France), Bill Smith (Canada), Jak Kilby (UK) and Michael Parrish (USA) and rare publicity shots of John with Herbie Goins and with Big Pete Deuchar, along with some images repeated in larger scale or in colour from parent book, Bathed In Lightning.


Media plaudits for Bathed In Lightning (2014):

‘A vivid portrait… Harper’s book not only does the subject justice, but is also an indispensable guide – the best yet written – to the Brit jazz scene in the 1960s…’

Stuart Nicolson, Jazzwise

‘A celebration of a dues-paying twilight world that is now on the verge of passing out of living memory. Harper’s treatment leaps from the page… perceptive and authoritative… forensic detail… Essential reading…’

Sid Smith, Prog

‘This is a labyrinthine work… How Colin Harper had the mental tenacity to string together the disparate threads of music from the decades he covers is difficult to comprehend – but he pulls it off without ever being dull… An epic work by anyone’s standards.’

Joel McIver, Record Collector

‘Exhaustive and insightful… meticulous… leaves no stone unturned… a remarkably detailed account [and] an absolute must-read…’

Bill Milkowski, Down Beat

‘Plaudits to Colin Harper for fantastically detailed research… [He] writes with great immediacy and a tone somewhere between the old Melody Maker and the work of Ian MacDonald… A book for anyone interested in British music of the period.’

Brian Morton, Jazz Journal

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Additional Information

Dimensions 30 x 20 x 7 cm


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