"We Are As The Times Are: The Story of Cafe Le Hibou" Paperback – 2015
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It was the locus of hip, the venue for cool, the scene of the scene. Through its doors passed the likes of Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Gordon Lightfoot, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters..and hundreds more. It was Cafe Le Hibou. This is its story.
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I'm not quite as old a fart as the original Hibou generation, and only knew the club in its Sussex incarnation; Ken's backstory is fascinating, and spiced up with delightfully gossipy nuggets about the folk, blues, jazz and cultural royalty of the period. I had no idea that Jimi Hendrix once dropped by the Hibou to record Joni Mitchell, that my old landlord Carl Nicholson was host to the great Taj Mahal, that Seals and Crofts composed "Summer Breeze" (the quintessence of mellow urban acoustic pop) while screaming at each other on an Ottawa doorstep, that Joni Mitchell...well, actually, I did know about Joni Mitchell.
A wonderful read, available in print and online, with a ton of nostalgic photos of those posters and that famous brick wall.