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The Bickershaw Programme:

Linda Lewis.
By Al Clark. 

   After a childhood in London's dockland, a reluctant spell of being groomed for infant stardom at a stage school , apprenticeships with Herbie Goins and the Nightimers , White Rabbit and two years on the road with Ferris Wheel, its enough to make a girl want to make a solo album. Linda Lewis did . A year ago. Called "Say No More
    
 

  • Front cover
  • Back cover
  • America
  • Brinsley Schwarz
  • Brotherhood of Breath
  • Captain Beefheart
  • Captain Beyond
  • Cheech and Chong
  • Country Joe.
  • Donovan
  • Dr John 
  • Family
  • Flaming Groovies
  • Grateful Dead.
  • Hawkwind
  • Jonathon Kelly
  • Incredible String Band
  • Neophonic Orchestra
  • New Riders.
  • Pacific Gas and Electric 
  • Sam Apple Pie
  • Stackridge
  • Al Stewart
  • The Kinks.
  • Joe's Lights 
  • Mike Westbrook
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        As happens frequently these days , it managed to get lost in the product machine , virtually unheard , love, time and expense collecting dust on ware house shelves and record browsers. Even now , its a fairly accurate reflection on Linda's spirit and approach, although the detailed accompaniments and multitude of distinguished sidemen remain purely a studio situation . The voice, without being flash and stylistically self conscious , has all the range it could hope for. The tunes are sunny, fanciful, intuitively crafted , picked out of the air like all the best ones. The words are alliterative reality of an enchanted earthling who still believes in the magic of the Lovin' Spoonful used to sing about , more dancing  in the streets than the Babycham ads.

           She comes on stage with her guitar , smiles her winning smile and gives out as much optimism as her songs. With her they're virtually indivisible and each is as satisfying as each other. She's very sharp too, No sermonettes, no bogus Spirit of Woodstock.
    Trying to be Smiley Smiley all the While is a headful that most can't cope with , but Linda's doing her best., A Happy Maker. There ain't many around. 


     

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