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William Morris
'Electric Eden' plugs into roots of folk music

The solstice has come and gone, so summer 2011 is officially under way. With it, comes that staple of warm weather entertainment, the open-air music festival. If you would rather not brave the heat and crowds, you might try one of these three volumes for a vicarious musical experience. "Electric Eden" by Rob Young Faber and Faber, $25 Outdoor musical performances are nothing new, hearkening back as they do to an idealized pastoral society. Rob Young begins his masterly history of the British folk revival movement with the story of singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan, whose journey by horse-drawn caravan in 1968 and 1969 introduces the book's major themes. Young's...