Sunday, September 12, 2010

Greentrax Recordings founder to publish autobiography

Greentrax Recordings founder to publish autobiography

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Managing Director Ian Green, of Greentrax Recordings, is proud to announce that the highly respected Edinburgh publisher, Luath Press Ltd., is to publish Ian's autobiography - "FUZZ TO FOLK ' TRAX OF MY LIFE" ' in November 2010, with an official release date of January 2011, which will be the 25th Anniversary of Greentrax Recordings.

The book contains some 120,000 words and Ian jokes that 'he didn't realise he knew that many'! The book will also include many photos and other interesting images spanning Ian's busy life from birth on the 29th January, 1934, in Forres, Morayshire to the present day, managing Greentrax Recordings Ltd. in Cockenzie, East Lothian.

The autobiography tells of Ian's life in many locations in rural Morayshire, including life under a disciplinarian schoolteacher who was not afraid to use the 'tawse' on his pupils on a daily basis. His constantly interrupted education finished at Tynecastle Secondary School, Edinburgh, and thereafter Ian became an apprentice gardener under his father at the Convent of The Sacred Hear/Craiglockhart Training College, Edinburgh.

Ian describes sporting success in cycle speedway before signing on for three years in the Army where he served as a motor mechanic in the REME, spending almost two years in Korea and Japan. On being demobbed with the rank of full corporal, Ian had yet another career change and joined Edinburgh City Police, later to become Lothian and Borders Police, where Ian had a distinguished career.

After thirty years' service Ian retired as a police inspector and having spent a lot of energy on Scottish traditional music during those years, it seemed logical for Ian to embark on a career in the music business. In 1986 he launched Greentrax Recordings which has become one of the most successful independent record labels in the United Kingdom, specialising in Scottish traditional music.

During his police years Ian married June and brought up a family of three, yet found time to represent Scotland in the annual Angling International against England, Ireland and Wales; grow prize-winning chrysanthemums and brew and ferment award-winning beers and wines respectively.

Many awards have been bestowed on Greentrax and Ian himself, including the Hamish Henderson Award for Services To Traditional Music, plus entry into The Hall of Fame, at the Scots Trad Awards, culminating with an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Ian and the work of Greentrax was also the subject of an STV documentary.

Ian continues to enjoy managing Greentrax Recordings, despite attaining the age of 76 years in 2010 and has no plans for retirement.

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