Robyn Hitchcock & Joe Boyd All Ages Critic's Choice Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., March 19, 7 & 10 p.m. 2011

Joe Boyd's memoir, White Bicycles, is my favorite music book of the past ten years. His knack for being in the right place at the right time—he road managed Muddy Waters during England's discovery of the blues, stage managed the Newport Folk Festival where Dylan went electric, and produced the first recordings by Fairport Convention, the Incredible String Band, Nick Drake, and Pink Floyd—is as astounding as his failure to profit from his luck. (This is a guy who walked away from owning a piece of Abba's publishing rights.) On the page he's a fabulous raconteur with a well-honed instinct for where to put the tragic detail or belly-laugh-inducing punch line. But he's no musician, and that's where Robyn Hitchcock comes in. The singer-songwriter grew up listening to Boyd's productions, and the two hit it off when they worked together on an Incredible String Band tribute in 2009. The Chinese White Bicycles Tour is named in honor of the book and an ISB song; the show will alternate Boyd reading from the book and Hitchcock playing the songs in its stories. —Bill Meyer

Price: $35, $33 members, $31 seniors

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