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In and Out of Focus: The Music of Jan Akkerman

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Free-form jazz guitarist Jan Akkerman and classically trained keyboard player Thys van Leer teamed up to form Focus in their native Holland, and recorded Moving Waves; one of the 70s most original and startling LPs. The epic track "Hocus Pocus" took the Reading Festival by storm, and Focus went on to the U.S. where they scored top 10 singles and albums. Long-time associate David Randall has assembled Akkerman’s journey, lavishly illustrated, from cult hero to jazz superstar.

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Overview

Free-form jazz guitarist Jan Akkerman and classically trained keyboard player Thys van Leer teamed up to form Focus in their native Holland, and recorded Moving Waves; one of the 70s most original and startling LPs. The epic track "Hocus Pocus" took the Reading Festival by storm, and Focus went on to the U.S. where they scored top 10 singles and albums. Long-time associate David Randall has assembled Akkerman’s journey, lavishly illustrated, from cult hero to jazz superstar.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780946719440
  • Publisher: S. A. F. Publishing Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Introduction 8
I Getting into and out of Focus 14
II Jan Before Focus 20
(i) The Sixties 25
III Focus On Focus 32
(i) Early days 32
(ii) In And Out Of Focus 38
(iii) Moving Waves 43
(iv) On the Road in the UK 47
(v) Focus III 52
(vi) Focus in the USA 55
(vii) The Golden Years 59
(viii) Focus at the BBC 60
(ix) Focus At The Rainbow 64
(x) Tabernakel 68
(xi) Focus and the Fans 73
(xii) Hamburger Concerto 75
(xiii) Mother Focus 80
(xiv) Thijs van Leer: Introspection and solo 87
IV Focus In Retrospect 91
V Jan--the post-Focus Years 104
(i) Jazz-fusion and confusion 104
(ii) The Wilderness Years 108
VI Into the Nineties 116
(i) Sessions 121
(ii) And so to the web 123
(iii) Jan at the Guitar Festival 126
(iv) The 1998 CD Reissues 133
(v) Live At The Priory 136
(vi) On The Road Again in the UK 139
(vii) Live At Alexanders 142
(viii) The Jakkerman Guitar 147
(ix) On The Road Again in Holland and the UK 147
(x) Akkernet to Akkerweb 155
VII Jan Akkerman in retrospect 162
Appendices
1 Jan's Guitars 176
2 Ray Fenwick on Jan Akkerman 185
3 Favourite Albums 189
4 Discography (Albums/Singles) 191
5 Sources 211
6 Selected Websites 213
7 Miscellaneous 214
(i) Translation of Japanese Tabernakel cover (1994 CD reissue) 214
(ii) Translation of the Dutch text, 10,000 Clowns On A Rainy Day (1997) 216
(iii) Jan and Focus on Film: A Brief Survey 217
(iv) UK Gigs (Focus) 218
(v) UK Gigs (Jan Akkerman Band) 222
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