"Pete Wood's choice of title for this entertaining and hugely informative affectionate biography is shrewd: it delves much deeper than the superficial events that make up a life and explores the spirit of a truly significant figure of the folk revival." Tykes' News





Pete Wood_________The new book

Contents of the Book

1 Childhood, the War, and early music
2 Jazz Days
3 The early folk club 1958 to 1965
4 The Folk Revival at its height
5 Pastures New
6 Johnny the researcher
7 The Songs
8 The Recitations
9 The Tunes
10 To finish

Appendix Johnny in the pits


Johnny Handle is one of life's phenomenal rarities. Starting out in the exciting Newcastle Jazz scene of the fifties, he turned to folk music and became one of the most important figures of the British folk revival and the status of the North East within it. He is perhaps best known to many people for his highly entertaining performances, often deploying a unique kind of comedy underpinned by consummate musicianship. But there is more. Not only is he one of the most creative forces, with 150 songs and recitations, over 300 tunes and several themed shows to his name, he has also made major contributions to research, particularly into North East musical culture. Pete's book charts these things, and attempts to analyse the sheer energy and zest for life of this remarkable man.

Buy the book, £14.50 with p&p (UK)

£20 with p&p (USA and Canada)

£18 with p&p (EU, including Ireland)

£21 with p&p (Australia & NZ)

Other countries,please enquire

"Pete Wood has produced a spell-binding narrative of the life so far of this amazing man" Folk Roundabout

"A missionary of the Geordie speaking peoples" Mike Harding

"He always lifted the night. He has a wink in his eye" Benny Graham

"Local folk legend" Sting

"Life And Soul is the aptest description for this man with the 'insatiable appetite for lots of things', and Pete Wood has ideal credentials to chart Johnny's life and impressive tally of achievements." fRoots Magazine

"This book is not some academic work; rather it is a piece of oral history, written down for us to enjoy and to learn from. I found it fascinating" Living tradition

"...a fascinating, observant, humorous and entertaining insight..." EDS Magazine

"this fascinating biography. An entertaining and very worthwhile addition to the history of the british folk revival" Folk Music Journal