Michael Enright, of CBC’s SUNDAY EDITION, talked with Robert Harwood on Sunday, 16 April, 2017. The full interview can be heard ONLINE
I WENT DOWN TO ST. JAMES INFIRMARY, second edition, substantially re-written with updated material, including index now available!
“Mr Harwood opened up so many musical alleys to explore. A sparkling book!” — “Digger,” 2017 (See KUDOS for more)
… The book is one of a kind. Bob Harwood states that this is the end of the story, as far as he has it in him to tell it. This work is unique, so if you don’t have it, get it.” — Malcolm Shaw, Vintage Jazz Mart Review, Summer 2016 (See KUDOS for more)
“No biography of Mills has been written. The best short treatment of his life and work is in Harwood.” From Duke, A Life of Duke Ellington, by Terry Teachout (Gotham Books, ©2013) [pg 396, hardcover]
I Went Down to St James Infirmary received a solid mention in David Bauer’s [AP] review of Alan Light’s book The Holy or the Broken, based on Leonard Cohen’s song Hallelujah (1984). In his review of that book Bauer says:
[I Went Down to St James Infirmary] is a fascinating study and anyone who has an interest … in the way songs evolve and are passed along through history will find it an utterly compelling read. This critic confesses to a weakness for this type of book and devoured it with relish over a few days, though it will retain a favourite place in his library and remain a reference for years to come.” — Barry Hammond, Penguin Eggs
… knowing he was wandering into a territory marked with intentionally poor signage and populated by locals with a bad sense of direction, [Robert Harwood] approached the subject with the care, caution and tenacity of an investigative reporter. In the process he learned many interesting things and solved a number of music-history mysteries. — Andrew Lawrence, Community Guitar Resources
Robert Harwood’s book is not the first devoted to one song, but it is the first to cross so many stylistic fences in its attempt to trace the origins of a tune, one which is lost in the mists of time.
A goldmine of information, with an amazing cast of characters. The definitive statement on the subject — and a very entertaining read to boot. — Rob Walker, author of Buying In and Letters from New Orleans
Read the review in Penguin Eggs, Canada’s premier folk, roots, world music magazine.
Read the review from the KW Record and Guelph Mercury.
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