A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

By Rebecca Solnit

No matter if she is considering the background of strolling as a cultural and political event during the last 2 hundred years (Wanderlust), or utilizing the lifetime of photographer Eadweard Muybridge as a lens to debate the adjustments of house and time in overdue nineteenth-century the United States (River of Shadows), Rebecca Solnit has emerged as a creative and unique author whose brain is bold within the connections it makes. A box advisor to Getting Lost attracts on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit's personal lifestyles to discover problems with wandering, being misplaced, and the makes use of of the unknown. the result's a particular, stimulating, and poignant voyage of discovery.

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After about an hour, Bernie said, ‘Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, we’re going to take a break now. ’ What? It turned out that the regulars were in the habit of buying drinks for the band and leaving them on the piano top – so within sixty minutes I had four pints to get through. By the time I drank them, they’d been replaced by three more and a couple of Scotches. I started drinking the spirits after that, because the sheer volume of the beer was killing me. At the end of the night I got on my bicycle to ride home.

It was proper money, £3 a night – bear in mind that when you are at school and the average pocket money is half a crown, £3 is serious dosh. And this outfit worked three nights a week, mainly over the weekend. It was an unusual line-up – guitar, drums, piano and clarinet – but people didn’t mind in those days. This latest band was called the Concorde Quartet and the first problem was that, until I joined, it was a trio. It was run by a guy called Bernie Vick, a drummer in his early twenties who lived with his mum and dad in South Harrow.

Mervyn Conn. I never got paid. I took a view on it: I was young, inexperienced and here was a chance to play sessions for the BBC with some of the world’s top players. The £12 would have been wonderful but I still thought I was doing well. Years later, I bumped into James and we were laughing about Mervyn and the non-needle-time days. These revered veterans had a genuine affection for those days and felt privileged to have learned so much from them. ’ ‘You know what, Rick? ’ How did a sixteen-year-old come to be playing in a pub with some of the country’s best musicians, you ask?

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