Sources & Web Links


  David & Janice Ackles on the cover of American Gothic

For a lot of the details given in the biography and discography of David Ackles, I made good use of the following sources:

  • Music Central CD Rom (Microsoft, 1996)

  • NME Book of Rock (Star, 1973)

  • Encyclopędia of Rock 2 (Granada, 1977)

  • Nick Hamlyn’s Price Guide for Record Collectors (Music Master, 1992)

  • Q Magazine #93 - June 1994

  • Ptolemaic Terrascope

  • American Troubadours by Mark Brend (Backbeat 2001)

  • The Daily Trojan (USC)

  • The Guardian

  • The Independent

  • Record Collector

  • Uncut Magazine

  • Mojo

  • Hot Wacks editions 17, 18 & 19

Cover of American Troubadours by Mark Brend

Fans of rock music are strongly recommended to obtain copies of these resources for any form of research - or even just for general interest. Particularly recommended is Mark Brend's excellent book.

Many people have written to me and have consequently added to the information on this website. I am grateful to you all. Sharing information is what the Internet is all about, so if you want to add to the various thoughts & facts given in these pages, simply drop me an e-mail. I do try to reply and I occasionally collect relevant e-mails and use them to update the website.

And, of course, there are websites, other than this one, that provide information. I have, from time to time, trawled these for additional snippets.

Links to Other Websites

Kasper Nijsen has an outstanding site that contains the lyrics to all the songs on David's four albums as well as guitar tabs for many of the songs.

For a basic biography and some other details, try the Wikipedia page. For that page translated into several languages try the Multilingual Archive.

David's family did start an official website a couple of years ago, but it has not been developed yet beyond an initial page.

The interview I have included on these pages with the Ptolemaic Terrascope is available in full from their website.

The All Music Guide has a page of information on David's work, as does the Artists Direct site, while the All Movie Guide has a filmography.

A more detailed filmography is available on IMDb, the wonderful Internet Movie Database.

On the cinema theme, Movie Kids has a picture of David as Tuck Worden in his early films.

Although there is a BBC site, the information comes from Music Brainz, which is a Wiki-style site.

There's a short piece on David on the Elektra Records website.

The website lifts information from several other sites and re-presents it here, as does the CMT (Country Music Television) website.

There's a detailed page reviewing American Gothic on the Super Seventies website and another on the Stylus magazine site by Colin McElligatt.

The review of There Is a River, which was never released, is given on the Uncut Magazine website, along with comments from various contributors.

The respected American music journalist Richie Unterberger has written webpages of liner notes for American Gothic, Subway to the Country, Five and Dime and David Ackles.

The Green Man Review website has a piece about the Raven reissue of Five and Dime.

Although a hodge-podge collection from other sites, the NME does have a fair bit of detail.

While not all its reviews are friendly, the Rate Your Music website allows members of the public to express opinions on their record collection.

The online music magazine Perfect Sound Forever has a long and detailed appraisal of David's work, written by Michael Baker. A Golden Horse is in Hell is in two parts. The first, Singer Songwriter, details his first album while Troubadour, Triumph & Resignation looks at the later albums.

The PopDose website has an appraisal of American Gothic by Ken Shane.

The Bestuff website has a page about David's life and work that is lifted from the LastFM webpage.

There's a website dedicated to those musicians who are no longer with us, known as Fuller Up, which has material copied from my pages.

One of David's famous fans (and producer of his third album), Bernie Taupin has a long comment on his blog about the non-released There Is a River.

Another fan of David is Elvis Costello, whose website, in Wiki form, contains some references to him, while there's also a page about his Spectacle series, where he interviews Elton John and they discuss their love for David's music.

The Discogs website lists three albums and has links to artists who have recorded David's compositions.

There's a little piece about the song His Name is Andrew on Jon Boden's Folk Song a Day site.

The non-released album, There is a River, prompts a full article in the Granite Shore blog site.

And, of course, there is a Facebook page dedicated to David, where fans can discuss relevant topics.

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