All Hopped Up In London

On Thursday March 25th, at 7:30pm, I’ll be marking the UK publication of All Hopped Up and Ready To Go with a reading/talk/music/cocktail party at the British Music Experience. The BME is housed inside O2; according to its web site, you can get to North Greenwich Tube in just 15 minutes from Waterloo, 20 minutes from Bond Street – and from what I hear about the BME, it’s well worth the trip. Admission is free, as is the wine, and books will be on sale. This is the first time the BME has hosted any kind of book event; hopefully, some of you in the London area will be able to come along to celebrate this honor.

BME Events page here
How to get to the BME here
All Hopped Up home page at W. W. Norton here

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2 Comment(s)

  1. phred deVecca

    10 March, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I’m reading ALL HOPPED UP and loving it! I’m very interested in the folk scene in Greenwich Village in the 50s. On p.160 you make reference to Izzy Young putting on his “harness and bells” and “folk dancing down the street” There is a similar reference in Dave Van Ronk’s MAYOR OF MACDOUGAL ST. Is this a reference to Morris dancing? Was there an active Morris dance team or teams in NY at this time? If not, what is it in reference to? What kind of folk dancing involved strapped on bells?

    Any enlightenment would be very much appreciated.


  2. 21 April, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Izzy Young was referencing Morris dancing. He also told me he was “the best square dancer in America” and verified that he probably closed up the store 3 or so times to go dancing down the street, per Van Ronk’s book. He was clearly very attached to his folk dancing. I can’t answer as to how big a Morris dance “scene” there was in NYC, I didn’t follow down that path!

    Hope that helps and thanks for your comments.


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