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William Ackerman – In Search of the Turtle’s Navel, It Takes a Year, Childhood and Memory

William Ackerman

In Search Of The Turtle’s Navel (1976)
It Takes A Year (1977)
Childhood And Memory (1979)

All solo acoustic guitar. All on Windham Hill.

“A group of friends and informal fans got together and collected about $300 in five dollar bills to send me into a recording studio. I picked a studio out of the phone book named Mantra Studios (it was the 70s after all!). I walked into that room and made a record I called The Search for the Turtle’s Navel in two afternoons.”
– William Ackerman


  1. gd on February 2nd, 2009

    turle’s navel has been a fave of mine for awhile.
    i dont know why it doesnt get classed right in there with peter lang / basho / kottke and all of the other well known (and not so well known) solo guitar records from the period.

  2. artie on February 2nd, 2009

    Gotta love the Ackerman! I agree with GTD fully.

  3. billy gomberg on February 2nd, 2009

    whoa windham hill!

  4. rock_creek on February 3rd, 2009

    New to me + beautiful – I probably flipped by them in the past, scared off by their being on Windham Hill. I wonder what else I’ve missed?

    Very happy to have found your blog!

  5. Guyp on February 4th, 2009

    Thanks for this one. It’s exactly the kind of music i listenning to this days, with Scott Tuma, Ilyas Ahmed, Gregg Malcolm…
    The right post at the right time…

  6. loopwhole on April 14th, 2009

    does anyone know what happened to alot of the artists on the soul of the machine album..where are they? ive searched everywhere, and only a few come up with limited material..anyone knows they can email me at thank you.