NEW TITLE: In Search of Plainsong by Ian Clayton tells the full story of Plainsong and their debut album, In Search of Amelia Earhart. A Deluxe Edition comes with an exclusive CD of a previous unreleased live recording of Plainsong at Folk Fairport in Amsterdam. The numbered edition is limited to advance pre-orders only. To guarantee a numbered edition, please place your order by Monday 14th March. Books will be despatched shortly thereafter.


In the autumn of 1972, Plainsong released their beautiful debut album In Search of Amelia Earhart. It was the height of the golden era of English folk rock. The record received universal critical acclaim for its musicianship and sublime singing, but just three months after its release the group disbanded in acrimony. How could a group capable of such exquisite harmonies disguise such disharmony within themselves?

In the fifty years that have followed the album’s release, what we know about the original incarnation of Plainsong has been shrouded in myth and misinformation. In Search of Plainsong tells the true story of the group and their classic album for the first time. It is a cautionary tale told through the voices of the key protagonists and those who were lucky enough to see Plainsong in full flight or bought the album first time round.

In Search of Amelia Earhart
remains a folk-rock classic. For those who don’t know it, it might just be the greatest debut album you never heard.

‘A group that doesn’t come up and sock you in the eye, all decibels blaring, but kind of sneaks up and insinuates itself into your psyche almost before you have begun to notice it. By that time you are hooked by its gentle genius.’ – Karl Dallas, Melody Maker

In Search of Amelia Earhart is, and let us not mince words, the finest display of gentle, sometimes liltingly so, English folkiness and rockabilly to surface in a long while.’ Cameron Crowe, San Diego Door

‘A startlingly fine album.’ Charles Shaar Murray, NME

Foreword by Clinton Heylin

This book will go on general release in Autumn 2022, but we will be releasing advanced copies of special signed and numbered Deluxe Edition in Spring 2022 exclusively from Route. The Deluxe Edition comes with a CD of a previously unheard Plainsong concert, recorded at the Folk Fairport Cafe in Amsterdam in April 1972.


NUMBERED EDITION: All pre-orders taken before 14th March 2022 will receive an exclusive numbered edition. Pre-orders will begin shipping shortly thereafter. Click here to pre-order your advance numbered Deluxe Edition.


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