By Jan Morris, Patrick Leigh Fermor
On the age of eighteen, Patrick Leigh Fermor trigger from the guts of London on an epic journey—to stroll to Constantinople. A Time of Gifts is the wealthy account of his adventures so far as Hungary, and then Between the Woods and the Water maintains the tale to the Iron Gates that divide the Carpathian and Balkan mountains. Acclaimed for its sweep and intelligence, Leigh Fermor's publication explores a awesome second in time. Hitler has simply come to strength yet conflict continues to be forward, as he walks via a Europe quickly to be perpetually changed—through the Lowlands to Mitteleuropa, to Teutonic and Slav heartlands, in the course of the baroque continues to be of the Holy Roman Empire; up the Rhine, and right down to the Danube.
At as soon as a memoir of coming-of-age, an account of a trip, and a blinding exposition of the English language, A Time of Gifts is usually a portrait of a continent already exhibiting ominous indicators of the holocaust to come back.
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The promoter in Tokyo was a man called Mr Udo who, I believe, is still big news in that country’s music business even though he must be well into his seventies by now. He’s one of the loveliest men you could ever meet. ’ – and we followed his car to the hotel. We were all really knackered but we headed straight to the bar for a final few jars before retiring to bed. The next morning, Mr Udo was there to meet me at the hotel. The plan had been for him to talk me through the schedule for rehearsals, the set-up of the orchestra, the various protocols and so on.
Those few pints on my piano as a sixteen-year-old evolved over the course of the next two decades into one of the most savage drinking habits in the music business. During that time, I joined and left Yes and started my own solo career, but I’ll come to that. First, let me tell you about my involvement with the English Rock Ensemble – possibly one of the hardest-drinking bands ever to grace the stage. Made up of some of the finest musicians I knew, we toured the world and in the process I enjoyed some of the most memorable times of my life.
We even had a manager, Paul Sutton, also a member of the Boys’ Brigade, aged thirteen. We rehearsed in the Civil Defence Hall in Northolt Park, which was great fun. No one could afford proper amps but fortunately Ken worked as an electrician for London Transport and was a bit of an electronics wizard. . we didn’t care, we had an amp! They hung a mike by my piano so I was virtually amplified; Alan had loaned Ken the £1 to buy the amp so, in return, it was Alan who always got the ‘loud’ socket. Basically, all you could hear was Alan Leander.