Blink Publishing [Publication date 31.05.18]
Drummer Kenney Jones has penned an entertaining memoir, that covers his time in the Small Faces right up to the present with the Jones Gang, a collection of seasoned musicians who do the occasional gig, often for charity. He has a light touch, only really getting serious when discussing his two brushes with cancer and how important it is for men to get checked for possible prostrate cancer.
As the sole surviving member of the Small Faces he continues his lifelong quest to get the rights back to their songs, as like many bands back in the day they made great music but were very naive on the business side of things and often got royally screwed by managers and record labels. He recounts tales of dealing with Don Arden, signing to Immediate Records and more.
The Small Faces parts of the book will be of interest to their fans, although the Faces period is run through quite quickly. The chapter where he deals with the passing of his Small Faces band mates is sobering, especially as he remained very close to Ronnie Lane after the Small Faces/Faces disbanded. Keeping it in the musical family Kenney Jones has taken Steve Marriott’s daughter Mollie under his wing and she is now making a name for herself in the musical world.
Of his days in the Who he mentions the ongoing issues with Roger Daltrey, which eventually led to him leaving the band. The main problem seemed to be he was replacing the irreplaceable in Keith Moon.
Also there is a brief mention about the Law, the one-off album he recorded with Paul Rodgers (an album well worth tracking down).
Outside of music his passion for horses and polo plays a big part in his life. He runs his own polo club in Surrey, which has been used by Prince Charles in the past, although in-keeping with his east end of London upbringing, the polo club is all inclusive and encourages people of all ages and walks of life to give it a go.
An enjoyable read as Kenney Jones gives an insight into the world of rock ‘n’ roll from the view of the drum stool. It doesn’t dish the dirt, but then he has no real axe to grind bar getting the rights back to the Small Faces music.
Review by Jason Ritchie
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