“I guess one of the reasons I ended up here talking to you is that 15 to 20 years ago, people started asking me about the ‘60s. It’s one of the things I still don’t tire of people asking me about because I like puncturing illusions,” said Joe Boyd at MASS MoCA during the “Robyn Hitchcock & Joe Boyd – Live & Direct From 1967” tour.
Boyd read passages from his 2006 memoir “White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s” and shared anecdotes from pivotal moments during his trans-Atlantic music career, when he started out working for the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals and ended up nurturing groundbreaking work by Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, the Incredible String Band and many others.
Songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, looking suitably psychedelic in purple pants and glasses, matched each Boyd vignette with a corresponding song, all covers. It wasn’t so much a recitation of Boyd’s greatest hits as a producer as it was a recreation of moments from 1965 to 1970 that had a profound influence on Boyd but also changed the trajectory of music.