An hour before the sturm und drang of the NXNE showcases began Thursday night, music biz sharpie Joe Boyd got this year's festival off to a quietly entertaining start with a reading from his revaltory memoir White Bicycles -- Making Music In The 60s for a spellbound crowd at the NOW Lounge.
After revisiting the chapters concerning the sad emergence of Dick Clark and the sadder decline of Syd Barrett, the strangely youthful looking entreprenurial producer added some local colour to his talk with a tale about how he assembled the Lovin' Spoonful which oddly began with a benny-fueled trip to Toronto, a wild party with Zal Yanofsky at the home of Ian and Sylvia Tyson, unbeknownst to the iconic folk duo were away on the road while the crazy debauchery was taking place.
After recounting how he pitched Elektra's Jac Holzman on the ideas of signing Eric Clapton and Pink Floyd only to be shot down on both bids by the clueless label boss, Boyd was peppered with questions from the audience like "Do you have an aging portrait of yourself hidden away in a closet at home?" and "can you tell us another story about Richard Thompson?" which carried the session past its alotted time but no one was complaining.