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Book review: FLYPOSTING: Posters Of A Music Revolution by Chris Hewitt

Flyposting

Dandelion Records [Publication date 15.06.20] ‘Flyposting – Posters Of A Music Revolution’ doesn’t so  much document the radically changing times of the 70′s, as reflect an era when the medium became the message. Up until such times as when local … Continue reading

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Book review: HAWKWIND On Track – Every Album, Every Song by Duncan Harris

Hawkwind On Track – Every Album, Every Song by Duncan Harris

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 26.03.20] ‘Hawkwind – every album, every song’ is another volume in Sonicbond’s ‘On Track’ series, this time taking on the Herculean task of documenting the prolific adventures of Dave Brock’s gang of space rockers in the … Continue reading

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Book review: Broken Greek by Pete Paphides

Quercus [Publication date 05.03.20] An entertaining memoir that works on two levels, first and foremost as a musical journey through the hits (and some misses) of the 70s and 80s charts, and secondly as Pete Paphides recalls his own family … Continue reading

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Book review: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music by Ted Templeman as told to Greg Renoff

Ted Templeman

ECW Press [Publication date 21.04.20] Ted Templeman started out on the other side of the mixing desk as a musician, being part of Harpers Bizarre who had a number of US hits, the most well-known being ‘59th Street Bridge Song … Continue reading

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Book review: FAIRPORT CONVENTION On Track – Every Song, Every Album by Kevan Furbank

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 26.03.20] The ‘On Track’ series by publishers Sonic Bond provides an album by album, track by track overview of a number of artists. The latest in the series to get this treatment are British folk-rock legends … Continue reading

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Book review: STEVE ROTHERY – Postcards From The Road

STEVE ROTHERY - Postcards From The Road

Astral Horizon Press [Publication date 21.05.20] Steve Rothery’s photo book was first published in 2016 when it was sold via a pre-order campaign and then at gigs and the band website.  Now it gets a full release. Rothery was a … Continue reading

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Book review: ON TRACK…Toto/The Solo Beatles/Steely Dan (“Every album, every song”)

ON TRACK...Toto

Sonicbond Pubishing [Publication date January/February 2020] Liked and loathed in equal measures by the music press in the 1970s and 1980s, ultimately the band may have had the last laugh.  As author Jacob Holm-Lupp reiterates, their latest offering – XIV … Continue reading

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Book review: NOW That’s What I Call A Quiz: Puzzle Your Way Through Sixty Years of Pop by Michael Mulligan

Trapeze [Publication date 31.10.19] Based on the bestselling series of NOW compilation albums this is a good all-round music quiz book. Split into sections that include decades, the themed NOW compilations (e.g. Disney, football anthems) and genres (rock, classic rock … Continue reading

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Book review: Where’s My Guitar? by BERNIE MARSDEN

Where

4th Estate [Publication date 28.11.19] Previously self-published by Bernie as a limited release via a Pledge campaign in early 2017 under the title ‘Where’s My Guitar?: On the Tour Bus with the Snakeman’, the book now gets a full publication … Continue reading

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Book review: FRANK ZAPPA – On Track Every Album, Every Song 1966 to 1979 by Eric Benac

Eric Benac - On Track Frank Zappa 1966 to 1979

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 29.09.19] Where Ben Watson’s exhaustive mid 90′s ‘Frank Zappa: The Negative Dialectics of Poodle Play’ provided a left wing cultural and critical examination of Frank Zappa and his conceptual continuity, Eric Benac’s ‘On Track’ take a different approach. … Continue reading

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Book review: THE MOODY BLUES – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Geoffrey Feakes

THE MOODY BLUES - EVERY ALBUM, EVERY SONG

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 22.08.19] The format follows the tried and tested Every Album, Every Song formula by tackling each album in chronological order. In this book though Feakes adds in piece about the album cover – the Moody Blues … Continue reading

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Book review: ELTON JOHN – Every Album, Every Song 1969 to 1979 (On Track) by Peter Kearns

ELTON JOHN 1969 to 1979 On Track

SonicBond Publishing [Publication date 16.08.19] This book is nicely timed what with ‘Rocket Man’ recently being shown in cinemas and the DVD release in August, plus of course Elton John is currently on his worldwide farewell tour. The book covers … Continue reading

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Book review: GENESIS – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Stuart Macfarlane

GENESIS – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Stuart Macfarlane

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 5.07.19] For those wishing to find out more about the prog rockers who went pop, this is a useful summary following the band’s progress from shaky beginnings in 1969 to their final studio album ‘Calling All … Continue reading

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Book review: THE ROLLING STONES 1963-1980 – On Track by Steve Pilkington

The Rolling Stones 1963-1980 On Track by Steve Pilkington

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 27.06.19] Over the years I have read a number of these types of books, each telling the story behind well-known artists albums and songs, and the trouble is that a song can easily be interpreted differently … Continue reading

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Book Review: DOUG MACLEOD –The Authorized Compact Biography by Vincent Abbate

DOUG MACLEOD - Vincent Abbate

Create Space Independent Publishing Platform [Published 18.09.18] Vicente Abbate’s 143 page paperback ‘Doug MacLeod: The Authorized Compact Biography’, takes a unique approach in his appreciation of his blues hero. Abbate dives straight into the first time he came across the … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…JETHRO TULL, THE BEATLES

On Track...The Beatles by Andrew Wild

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 26.04.19] The On Track… series continues with some momentum, nearly 20 titles currently scheduled, spearheaded by prog aficionado Stephen Lambe. The idea is to discuss in some detail individual songs but that invariably means talking about … Continue reading

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Book review: GARTH CARTWRIGHT – Going For A Song (A Chronicle Of The UK Record Shop)

GARTH CARTWRIGHT - Going For A Song (A Chronicle Of The UK Record Shop)

As we approach another Record Store Day, it is timely to revisit one of the more recent tomes extolling the virtues or otherwise of the record shop.  And also to compare and contrast with its antecedent which celebrates a 10th … Continue reading

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Book review: BLUE OYSTER CULT – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Jacob Holm-Lupo

BLUE OYSTER CULT – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Jacob Holm-Lupo

Sonicbound Publishing [Published 22.02.19] These Every Album, Every Song books are coming thick and fast with this one on Blue Oyster Cult coming after ones on Queen, ELP and Deep Purple. Norway’s number one Blue Oyster fan Jacob Holm-Lupo penned … Continue reading

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Book review: ON TRACK…ELP, DEEP PURPLE & RAINBOW

On Track … Emerson Lake & Palmer by Mike Goode

On Track … Emerson Lake & Palmer by Mike Goode [Publication date 18.12.18] Sonic Bond Publishing Two books in a series, that are subtitled “Every Album, Every Song”. These track by track intros to bands are not a new idea, … Continue reading

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Book review: QUEEN – Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Andrew Wild

QUEEN - Every Album, Every Song (On Track) by Andrew Wild

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 08.11.18] Nicely timed by this new publisher Sonicbound (future titles in the series include ones on Blue Oyster Cult, Yes and Roy Wood & The Move), a book on Queen and their music as the film … Continue reading

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