BOB & RON COPPER
The Copper Family Songbook – A Living Tradition – contains the words and music of 65 songs from the Copper Family repertoire, augmented by Bob’s own illustrations, archive photographs and introduction to the background of the songs by Bob Copper. Strictly limited edition, wire-bound so that it lies flat. Matt laminated to make the cover beer-resistant! . A beautiful reprint of the original 1995 publication is now available for sale – £15 plus postage.
Jon Dudley’s Introduction to the collection can be read here: Introduction
Copper Family Songbook : A Living Tradition
Paperback: 128 pages; 2015 edition
This is Bob Copper’s final book, which had been completed and edited at the time of his death nine years ago. This volume fills in the many gaps left by his previous works. It provides a charming and detailed account of his life as a peacetime soldier in the Lifeguards between the wars, and his wartime service as Coroners Officer in Worthing during WW2. It also covers the early days of the English Folk Revival and subsequent involvement in the folk scene. His postwar career as a publican is related with some hilarious anecdotes.
Not only for Copper Family ‘completists’, this book provides a valuable social history of the life of a Southern English countryman from the 1930s to the present day. An insight into what made this remarkable self-taught hero of the English traditional music scene tick, this is a beautifully-written memoir. Highly recommended! You can purchase the book, for £15 plus postage.
A Man of No Consequence
Author: Bob Copper
Paperback: 246 pages; 1st edition (2013)
Reprint of Bob Copper’s award-winning A Song For Every Season. First published in 1971 A Song For Every Season – one hundred years in the life of a Sussex farming family – contains the words and music of forty-seven songs from the Copper Family repertoire with Bob’s stories of his family and of rural life in Sussex, month by month, with illustrations, photographs and reflections. It won the Robert Pitman literature prize in the year of its first publication.
“A Song for Every Season” has been out of print for some time, but has now been reprinted. A new Copper Songs paperback edition, with the original cover and contents, it is available for sale – £15 plus p&p.
A Song For Every Season
Author: Bob Copper
Paperback: 288 pages; 2014 edition
In 1963 the English Folk Dance and Song Society released an LP of unaccompanied singing that has had a tremendous influence on the folk song revivals of Britain, Ireland and the United States. The album collected together a number of recordings of Bob and Ron Copper of Rottingdean in Sussex, recordings made by the reknowned folksong collector Peter Kennedy during the late 1950s.
The Copper Family can trace their roots in traditional song back at least two hundred years. Their rare southern English harmony is presented at its most outstanding in these classic performances from the 1950s and early ’60s.
To celebrate the centenary of Bob Copper’s birth, Fledg’ling Records in collaboration with the Copper Family and Topic Records are releasing a new CD edition of this seminal album. The package recreates all the original artwork and Bob Copper’s complete sleevenotes (the original EFDSS LP only contained a shortened version of the essay).
STOP PRESS : To celebrate Record Store Day 2015 on 18th April we are re-issuing this iconic album as a 12″ vinyl LP. The album is packaged in a front-laminated, flipback sleeve, just like the original, and an illustrated inner bag with Bob Copper’s complete sleevenotes.