Category Archives: BOOK REVIEWS

Book review: THE MEANEY OF LIFE – Sean Meaney

Sean Meaney - The Meaney Of Life

Cunas Music & Publishing – 329 pages paperback [Publication date: 28.07.2017] ‘The Meaney of Life’ is an autobiographical journey though the life and times of a proud Irishman Sean Meaney. He’s a passionate music fan who rises above what the … Continue reading

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Book review: PINK FLOYD: SONG BY SONG – Andrew Wild

PINK FLOYD: SONG BY SONG – Andrew Wild

Fonthill Media [Publication date: 28.07.2017] There is a whole library-worth of books already penned about Pink Floyd, the third-best selling band in the history of popular music. So why, you may wonder, does the world need another? Well, having delved … Continue reading

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Book review: Overkill The Untold Story of Motörhead by Joel McIver

Omnibus Press [Publication date 21.08.17] The original book was published in 2011, however since Lemmy’s death back in December 2015 the book has been re-issued as an enhanced eBook. Basically it adds a newly written chapter covering Motörhead from 2011 to … Continue reading

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Book review: Some Fantastic Place by Chris Difford

W&N [Publication date 31.08.17] Chris Difford is the lyricist to Glen Tilbrook’s music and arranging in Squeeze, a band who have split up twice and now since reforming again in 2007 seem to be enjoying a purple patch both in terms … Continue reading

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Book review: Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned by Kieron Tyler

Smashing it Up: A Decade of Chaos with the Damned by Kieron Tyler

Omnibus Press The book focuses on their formation and subsequent first decade, where along with the Clash and the Sex Pistols, were one of the first punk bands. The influence of the band stretches far and wide, be it them … Continue reading

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Book review: Some Weird Sin – On Tour with Iggy Pop by Alvin Gibbs

Extradition Publishing [Publication date 25.08.17] UK Subs bass player Alvin Gibbs and I share a birthday. I was born on his 16th birthday and as I celebrated my own 16th birthday he was playing the last of 230 nights over … Continue reading

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Book review: Metal Guru – The Life and Music of Marc Bolan by Paul Roland

Metal Guru - The Life and Music of Marc Bolan by Paul Roland

Extraction Publishing [Publication date 04.09.17] Paul Roland has already written four biographies on Marc Bolan and this latest one is published just before the 40th anniversary of Bolan’s death. There is one spooky part about Marc Bolan in that he knew … Continue reading

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Book review: PETE WAY – Fast Ride Out of Here: Confessions of Rock’s Most Dangerous Man

PETE WAY – Fast Ride Out of Here: Confessions of Rock’s Most Dangerous Man

Constable Books [Publication date 11.05.17] It is about time that someone wrote a book that gives the life and times of UFO an objective and entertaining airing from the inside. For about two-thirds of Pete Way’s autobiography, I was bemoaning … Continue reading

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Book review: THOMAS DOLBY – The Speed of Sound

THOMAS DOLBY - The Speed of Sound

Icon Books www.iconbooks.co.uk [Published 08.06.17] Thomas Morgan Robertson become Thomas Dolby after his friends named him after the famous Dolby noise reduction device found on many 70′s and 80′s sound systems. Most will know the name for his early 80′s … Continue reading

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Book review: MARTIN HANNETT – His Equipment And Strawberry Studios by Chris Hewitt

MARTIN HANNETT – His Equipment And Strawberry Studios by Chris Hewitt

Dandelion Records & Books [Publication date 07.04.17] Given the fact that the author Chris Hewitt has already released the exhaustive DVD ‘Martin Hannett – He Wasn’t Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division’ and the book ‘The Pleasures Of The … Continue reading

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Book review: Somebody to Love: The Life, Death & Legacy of Freddie Mercury

Matt Richards & Mark Langthorne Blink Publishing There have been many books published on both Queen and Freddie Mercury, so why another one and what is its hook? Well the two authors here have included the usual Queen story of … Continue reading

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Book review: GEORGE HARRISON – I Me Mine (The Extended Edition)

GEORGE HARRISON - I Me Mine (The Extended Edition)

Genesis Publications [Publication date 21.02.17] It’s probably not a book you would want to take on holiday, fearing that Ryan Air would charge excess baggage.  Similarly it may break your coffee table.  But ‘I Me Mine  – The Extended Edition’ … Continue reading

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Book review: TOM RUSSELL – The Godfather of Rock by Martin Kielty

Published by Beard Books Tom Russell will be a familiar name to many, he has been a leading figure in the Scottish rock scene for many years and has broadcast on radio across the UK on occasion. It is in … Continue reading

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Book review: AC/DC In Full Flight – by Alan Perry

AC/DC In Full Flight - by Alan Perry

Wymer Publishing [Publication date: November 2016]  www.wymeruk.co.uk This 128 page, A4-landscape coffee table tome documents the Aussie rockers during the years 1978-82.  Photographed by Alan Perry – and with his own comments putting the gigs in context – this becomes … Continue reading

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Book review: Live to Win – A Casual Guide to The Music of KISS Frontman Paul Stanley by Neil Daniels

Live to Win - A Casual Guide to The Music of KISS Frontman Paul Stanley by Neil Daniels

www.neildanielsbooks.com KISS frontman Paul Stanley only recently released his autobiography and so you may be thinking that the release of this new “Live to Win” book is untimely. Forget that, whilst “Face the Music” was the man’s life story, this … Continue reading

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Book review: THE HISTORY OF CANADIAN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL by BOB MERSEREAU

THE HISTORY OF CANADIAN ROCK

Backbeat Books [Published 22.05.15] RRP £16.50 A quick word of advice: this book covers rock ‘n’ roll in its broadest terms, heck even Celine Dion gets mentioned and Triumph get a one page mention, so don’t go expecting any Maple … Continue reading

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Book review: AC/DC FAQ by Susan Masino

AC/DC FAQ by SUSAN MASINO

Published by Backbeat Books [Published 30.04.15] RRP £20.00 Susan Masino has written a previous book on AC/DC ‘The Story Of AC/DC: Let There Be Rock’, from which a fair amount of this FAQ book is compiled from. That said it … Continue reading

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Book review: Sail Away Whitesnake’s Fantastic Voyage by Martin Popoff

Sail Away: Whitesnake

Soundcheck Books www.soundcheckbooks.co.uk Martin Popoff has written a few books in his time, this is his 45th, and this one covers Whitesnake up to and including their hair metal years. The author has some interesting insight from recent interviews with … Continue reading

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Book review: DEKE LEONARD – Maximum Darkness: On The Road To Nowhere

          Northdown Publishing Ltd (2015) Deke Leonard is back to his best in the final part of his autobiographical trilogy. Where his last effort the voluminous ‘The Twang Dynasty’ showcased an expansive writing ability, shot through … Continue reading

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Book review: STEVE HOGARTH – The Invisible Man – Diaries 1998-2014 (Volume 2)

Steve Hogarth - The Invisible Man - Diaries 1998-2014

The Songwriters – Steve Hogarth (Marillion) – Interview and Feature (8 July 2014) by Get Ready To Rock! Radio on Mixcloud Miwk Publishing [Publication Date 09.11.14] www.miwk.com Part two of Steve Hogarth’s diaries takes up the story in 1998 and … Continue reading

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