An immensely enjoyable read. Well! I thought I knew Dr Ian Green, now I really feel I know him very well and I mean that in the nicest possible way .
The stories in his book Fuzz to Folk had me in stitches and it gives you a real insight into Ian’s childhood and upbringing which could be a book on its own right . So poignant in parts and also so very very funny.
His Army days were full of great stories and characters experiences of Korea and some horrific tales and honest confessions of some situations he found himself in and to his romance with June his wife; his heartache having to leave her behind and the happiness as love was rekindled on his return from Korea .
The really comical descriptions of some of the criminals he came into contact with in his time in the police force really gives you an great picture of how life was then compared to today and how a good clip around the ear at times for the offender was suffice, unlike today when the police have to be wary as the law seems to be more on the side of the offenders.
One persons passion for folk music and the birth of Greentrax – now ‘Scotland’s favorite and leading record company’ for folk music in Scotland.
The full story of Greentrax and Ian’s knowledge of the Scottish folk music scene from many years ago to the present day and the many connections he has made over the world is fascinating .
In well chosen words Ian tells it exactly as it was in a language we can all relate to and with such brutal honesty and great humor.
I would enjoy this book even if I had no idea who Dr Ian Green was but the fact is he is a man who has experienced life in many different scenarios . A man of honesty and integrity. I have even more respect for him having read his life story and I still have fits of the giggles when I think of some of the situations he was in and feel sad for some of the challenges he faced.
He has shown the true person behind the child, the man, the soldier ,the policeman and the managing director of Greentrax Recordings. A wonderful book which I will treasure and refer back to in years to come.
Mary Kathleen Burke
Folk to Fuzz: Trax of my Years by Ian Green. £12.74 here
Mary K. Burke Show, Sunday 27 March 7.00-9.00pm with special guest Ian Green.