The Book Of AM

Multicultural folk project formed in the island of Mallorca during the 70's which has gained cult status as years passed by.

Originally recorded in the late '70s by Juan Arkotxa in the Sant Mateu church (Ibiza) with the collaboration of Daevid Allen, Jerry Hart, Carmeta Mansilla and Gilli Smyth, The Book Of Intxixu is the follow-up to the magnificent The Book Of Am.

The Book Of Intxixu contained, again, a collection of illustrations plus three hours of music. The book was first published in 1982 by Desclee de la Brouwer (Bilbao) in a bilingual Basque-Spanish edition. In 1983, IZ issued a cassette containing a selection of the songs sung in Basque by Juan. A part of it was later performed with mime artists at the short-lived Stonehenge Festival in 1983.

Conceptually it is again influenced by ancient myths and cults, you can find references to Sumerian hero Gilgamesh, the Meditarranean Moon Goddess cult, the hallucinogenic mushroom taker and healing woman from Oaxaca Maria Sabina, the works of Robert Graves, etc. Musically, it follows the ethereal folk path set by their previous works, with an acid atmosphere and a progressive appeal that offers some heavier psychedelic passages due to a higher use of electric guitar pyrotechnics.

Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth guested as musicians, so here's one of their last recordings, as are also the last by Carmeta Mansilla, since sadly she also past away recently. Will Z., oG, Majnun and Sammy helped Juan and Leslie to rescue the old material and shape it into this gorgeous 2LP set with a 24 page booklet containing all the illustrations made for the Book.


2016 : Book of Intxixu (2 10/12”LPs + 10/12” 24 page illustrated booklet) LPS 170/OYE016

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