link to Word in Your Ear interview with Mark and David (December 28, 2022)
ReviewsThis is a really comprehensive and conscientious look at the great man’s life and work. Straight in, we learn something about the family roots of 'Mr Cutler,’ something I was never able to quite work out: it is clear here that my assumption that he emerged from an egg, at the foot of a little known mountain in Y'Hup is highly inaccurate.
Robert Wyatt, musician and composer
Lindsay... assembles his complicated story with the help of a raft of friends and relatives - not least Cutler's two sons, and poet Phyllis April King, who as Cutler's partner for much of his later life did not need to address him as "Mr Cutler," a protocol the artist demanded of anyone meeting him for the first time. Stern and inscrutable but mischievous and at times painfully poignant... Cutler said of himself: "If I am a genius, I'm a genius in a very small way indeed." Here, his tiny light shines bright.
Paul McCartney popping around to his flat to entice him to join the Magical Mystery Tour and his growing acceptance into the rock scene is dealt with in the same erudite, understated fashion as his dealings in the world of poetry publication or his bleak Glasgow upbringing. Social historian Lindsay's treatise researches deep into a post-war character blossoming into a rock 'n' roll universe. Cutler's deadpan utterances the icing on the cake.
Prodigiously researched book.
Lindsay has researched Cutler well. All in all, it's a good read and gives a fine insight into a man for whom the term "a character" might well have been especially coined.
London Jazz News
Bruce Lindsay, an accomplished music journalist, has produced an incredibly well-researched book. It provides a compulsive and rewarding, if somewhat densely packed read, and is absolutely essential for all Cutler enthusiasts. But even those for whom Ivor Cutler remains an unknown quantity, this would be the ideal opportunity to correct that situation.
A truly excellent biography.
The Ileach Newspaper
It's a credit to Lindsay that he has produced such a meticulously researched and definitive biography because Cutler was such a nebulous mythmaker and entirely unreliable narrator. That Lindsay has not only managed to to root out salient fact from scattergun fiction but also written a thorough and highly readable work that is affectionate yet well short of hagiographic makes this a valuable biography of a man that even those who knew him best found contradictory and hard to pin down.
The New European
This book succeeds in giving Cutler the serious and comprehensive recognition he deserves.