Highly entertainingfull of wisdom and humanity. --Mojo
Clayton's writing makes music his. His book is chiefly concerned to what music does to you, not how music is made or what it says about its creators or what it stands for. It s a good book, if not a flawless one; a book about the difference between sentiment and deep feeling; about escape and facing up; about how the function of music to a certain kind of listener is to map his world, both inside and out. It s in the economic, social and cultural shift that took place during the course of Clayton s post-post-war lifetime from the life of the mines to Jimi Hendrix in a giant step that you get to see the real value and, ultimately, the point of popular music as it was constituted during that period. You begin to get a sense from his story of how taste during that period was more than a fetish of bourgeois individualism; that it was an important tool in the remaking of English society for the better. And no, I m not joking. --Independent On Sunday
When you hear a certain song, where does it take you? What is the secret that connects music to our lives? Heart warming, moving and laugh out loud funny, Bringing It All Back Home is the truest book you will ever read about music and the things that really matter.
Author Ian Clayton listens to music as a kid to escape and as an adult to connect. His quest to find what music does to us has taken him on mystical journeys to India, on an odyssey to the Mississippi Delta and through the landscapes of his own memory. In Bringing It All Back Home he has created a book about love, friendship, family and loss - about life and living it. While searching for a soundtrack to his own life story, he has discovered the heart that beats inside us all.