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Incredible String Band

The Incredible String Band (or ISB) are a Scottish acoustic band who, (in the words of one of their early songs) "way back in the 1960s" built a popular following among the British counter culture, and who are considered psych folk music pioneers.

The Incredible String Band was formed in 1965 by Scottish folk musicians Robin Williamson, Mike Heron and Clive Palmer. They recorded their eponymous debut album in 1966, a lighthearted affair which revealed only the merest hint of the psychedelic adventures to come. After that, the band broke up. Palmer decamped for the Trail to Afghanistan and Williamson visited Morocco from where he returned laden with exotic instruments like the famous gimbri, which was, much later, eaten by rats. In 1967 Heron and Williamson recorded The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion, an audaciously eclectic mix of bookish folk music, hippy love songs and Eastern modalities. They soon became the-name-to-drop-in-interviews for luminaries such as Paul McCartney? and Bob Dylan. In their annum mirabilis of 1968 they practically defined the hippy countercu...

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