Time Out review: The Life and Times of A.L.Lloyd
Author: Dave Arthur
Release Date: 08 May 2012
Size: 230mm x 150mm
Illustrations: 40 b & w photographs
A book published by Pluto Press and supported by the English Folk Dance and Song Society, Bert: The Life and Times of A. L. Lloyd was recently launched at Cecil Sharp House on May 31.
Folk singer and folk music collector, writer, painter, journalist, art critic, whaler man, sheep station roustabout, Marxist, and much more - this is the story of A. L. (Bert) Lloyd's extraordinary life.
Last week, Time Out’s arts journalist, Beth Todd, reviewed the book (Monday 4th June) and awarded **** stars, see excerpt below.
“Apparently the only AL Lloyd (or ‘Bert’) that everybody knew, was a walking encyclopedia with an interest in everything…There’s an extraordinary section about life on the butchering deck of an Antarctic whaling boat. Frustrated in determining every fact from fabulation, this is the story of a man who once fell into a boiler full of whale tongues and lived to sing a thousand tales…”
- Time Out, Beth Todd
“In the light of further evidence, everything I’ve said today could be utter bull****”
- Bert Lloyd