Thro My Eyes: A Memoir

Iain Matthews’s compelling memoir of a life on the road, in the studio and at home, through the eyes of one of our most enduring singer-songwriters. Choice of Paperback or Hardback Deluxe Edition complete with an accompanying double CDs.

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Author: Iain Matthews

Nominated for the 2019 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research

Iain Matthews is one of the music industry’s great survivors. He has been making pitch-perfect records for over fifty years. During the golden era of English folk-rock, he was lead singer with Fairport Convention, Matthews Southern Comfort and Plainsong. In the halcyon days of the West Coast singer-songwriter scene, he moved to Los Angeles, and then spent thirty years criss-crossing America with extended stays in Seattle and Austin. Today he is settled back in Europe where he continues to record and perform with some of the continent’s finest musicians. In Thro’ My Eyes he writes with a gentle candour about the highs and lows of the music business. Here is a reminder of artistic integrity and authenticity in a sometimes over-amplified world.

‘Highly recommended for its historical value and as a quick-paced, absorbing reading experience.’ Richie Unterberger, Top Twenty Rock Books

‘This is the story of a man who loves music, stretching himself to excellence.’ Shindig

‘A great look at the harsh reality of the musician’s life – through the eyes of someone who has really lived it.’ Americana UK

‘I value the times Iain has been my fellow traveller in music. He is one of the great folk/rock/pop singers and writers, and his life and music trajectory have both been extraordinary … and he keeps getting better.’ Richard Thompson


Deluxe Edition - Hardback + Double CD

Deluxe Edition: First Edition Hardback + Accompanying Double CD £25 (See the CD track listing here)

Paperback: £14.99 (Select Paperback from drop down menu above to pre-order. We’re shipping advance copies now. Goes on general release on 8th March 2021.)

The Deluxe Edition is available exclusively from Route.

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Iain Matthews Interview on Roots and Acoustic Show

Iain Matthews in an hour long interview with Jonti Willis on the Sine.FM Roots and Acoustic show recorded in October 2018. Iain talks about his life, music and book Thro' My Eyes in between the playing of selected songs.

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    Video playlist for Iain Matthews' memoir Thro' My Eyes. Includes the book trailer plus a selection of music videos drawn from Iain's 50 year career.


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Iain Matthews

Iain Matthews first gained public attention in 1967 as a founding member and vocalist for the innovative music group Fairport Convention. In 1970 he created his own band Matthews Southern Comfort and had a worldwide hit with Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’. During the 1980s Matthews turned his attention to the business of music as an A&R person for both Island and Windham Hill Records, but was encouraged by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin to rekindle his creative flame. In 2000, Matthews moved to the Netherlands where he currently lives and works.


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