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Book review: MOTORHEAD, BLACK SABBATH

MOTORHEAD – On Track, every album, every song

MOTORHEAD – On Track, every album, every song by Duncan Harris Sonic Bond Publishing Two more books that give an insight into these legendary classic rock bands, and like others in the series they act as a useful source of … Continue reading

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Interview: Mark Kelly (Marillion) – In Conversation with my Uncle

MARILLION - Manchester Academy, 8 November 2017

You all know him as the keyboardist of Marillion, his solo project Mark Kelly’s Marathon, and as of this year, published author of his autobiography Marillion, Misadventures and Marathons: The Life and Times of Mad Jack. I knew him, before … Continue reading

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Book review: DECADES- MOTT THE HOOPLE & IAN HUNTER IN THE 1970s by John Van der Kiste

DECADES- MOTT THE HOOPLE & IAN HUNTER IN THE 1970s by John Van der Kiste

Sonic Bond Publishing (Publication date 11.02.22) Mott the Hoople would be high on the list of bands that have influenced other higher profile musicians, ranging from Queen to The Clash to Def Leppard. When they reformed in 2009, grown men … Continue reading

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Book review: BICKERSHAW FESTIVAL 50th ANNIVERSARY – Featuring Grateful Dead by Chris Hewitt

Bickershaw 50th

Dandelion Records & Books [Publication date 30.06.22] Author Chris Hewitt has carved out his own niche in rock and roll history as an author, archivist, record label and resource for period pa gear. The broad context for this book is … Continue reading

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Book review: DONT WORRY ‘BOUT THE BEAR (From the Blues to Jazz, Rock & Roll and Black Sabbath) by Jim Simpson with Ron Simpson

Jim Simpson - Don

Brewin Books [Publication date 22.06.2019] Jim Simpson’s ‘Don’t Worry ‘Bout The Bear’ – the title comes from a Doctor Ross song written for the author– is a down to earth account of his 60 plus years in the music business, … Continue reading

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Book review: NU METAL A DEFINITIVE GUIDE, ON TRACK…KORN by Matt Karpe

Nu Metal A Definitive Guide

Nu Metal A Definitive Guide SonicBond Publishing [Publication date 24.09.21] Author Matt Karpe has been busy of late with two of his books published in quick succession. This Nu Metal guide is very comprehensive and a perfect introduction to a … Continue reading

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Book review: THE DEVELOPMENT OF LARGE ROCK SOUND SYSTEMS – Volume 2 by Chris Hewitt

Chris Hewitt - The Development of Large Rock Sound System Volume 2

Dandelion Records & Books  [Publication date 08.01.22] Chris Hewitt’s second volume of “The Development of Large Rock Sound Systems” is a lavishly illustrated, 500 photograph strong opus which charts the rise of big PA systems in rock music. It further … Continue reading

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Book review: On Track…ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA by Barry Delve

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA by Barry Delve

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 03.12.21] After a highly readable book on Queen a couple of years ago Sonicbond now publish a book based on my other all-time favourite band the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). Wisely Barry Delve focusses solely on … Continue reading

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Book review: On track – Decades – ERIC CLAPTON, PORCUPINE TREE, LED ZEPPELIN, GENESIS, YES

On track...ERIC CLAPTON SOLO

Sonicbond Publishing The On Track series continues unabated and this – and the companion series ‘Decades’ – to a large extent reflects the enthusiasm of the publisher Stephen Lambe and his band of individual authors. Whilst we are frequently critical … Continue reading

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Book review: ERUPTION – CONVERSATIONS WITH EDDIE VAN HALEN by Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill

ERUPTION- CONVERSATIONS WITH EDDIE VAN HALEN by Brad Tolinski and Chris Gill

Hachette Publishing [Publication date 28.10.21] When Eddie Van Halen lost his prolonged struggles with cancer last autumn the rock world mourned – the number of Facebook friends who put his ‘Frankenstein’ guitar patterned design as their cover photo in memoriam … Continue reading

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Book review: BEAST – JOHN BONHAM & THE RISE OF LED ZEPPELIN by CM Kuskins

BEAST – JOHN BONHAM & THE RISE OF LED ZEPPELIN by CM Kuskins

  Hachette [Publication date 30.09.21] John Bonham had drumming in his blood it seems, having first learned to play the drums at the age of five. Despite never taking formal lessons, he began drumming for local bands immediately after leaving … Continue reading

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Book review: WHO IS BLUES Vol.2 – The Interviews. Blues Encounters 2000 – 2020 by Vincent Abbate

Vincent Abbate - Who Is Blues

Self Published [Publication date 01.09.21] ‘Who Is The Blues Vol.2: The Interviews. Blues Encounters 2000-2020′ is an interesting cross section of 20 years of interviews of contemporary blues artists by the German based, New York blues scribe Vincent Abbate. Abbate … Continue reading

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Book review: BOBBY RUSH with Herb Powell – I Ain’t Studdin Ya: My American Blues Story

Bobby Rush with Herb Powell - I Ain't Studdin' Ya - My American Story

Hachette Books [Publication date 15.07.21] Grammy award winner Emmett Ellis Jnr aka Bobby Rush’s  ‘I Ain’t Studdin’ Ya: My American Blues Story’ is easily one of the best musical biographies of the year. It’s the life and time of a … Continue reading

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Book review: On Track…TOM PETTY (Every album, every song) by Richard James

On Track...TOM PETTY (Every album, every song)

SonicBond Publishing (Release Date 30.07.21) The posthumous Tom Petty box set was titled ‘An American Treasure’, a fitting description of a legend of rock who did things on his own terms and has perhaps only been fully appreciated since his … Continue reading

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Book review: Loud ’n’ Proud – 50 Years Of Nazareth by Martin Popoff

Loud ’n’ Proud – 50 Years Of Nazareth by Martin Popoff

Wymer Publishing [Publication date 06.08.21] Scottish rock legends have been recording for 50 years now, and a book on the band and their fantastic legacy has been long overdue. Their charting days be over (they were chart and Top Of … Continue reading

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Book review: Decades – THE SWEET in the 1970s by Darren Johnson

The Sweet in the 1970s Decades

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 20.07.21; 24.09.21 US only] Reviewing a book by a fellow GRTR! writer, ooh tricky one but luckily Darren Johnson has written a short, concise, informative and entertaining book on 70s glam rock icons the Sweet. Sweet … Continue reading

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Book review: Decades – FLEETWOOD MAC in the 1970s by Andrew Wild

Decades- Fleetwood Mac in the 1970s

SonicBond Publishing [Publication date 14.05.21] No band survived the seventies with a more spectacular transformation than Fleetwood Mac. They began it as a successful British blues band who were about to be left reeling by the departure of their founder … Continue reading

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Book review: Decades – URIAH HEEP in the 1970s by Steve Pilkington

Decades- Uriah Heep in the 1970s by Steve Pilkington

Sonicbond Publishing (Release Date 28.03.21) Following the series of  ‘On Track’ releases, reviewing a band’s back catalogue in comprehensive detail, Sonicbond have been moving onto a new ‘decades’ concept in which a band’s history is examined in more detail over … Continue reading

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Book review: Babysitting A Band On The Rocks by GD Praetorius

Babysitting A Band On The Rocks by GD Praetorius

Sonic Bond Publishing [Publication date 14.05.21] G. D. Praetorius is a life-long rock music fan who was involved in the production of almost 200 rock shows from the mid-70’s through to the mid-80s. Mostly based in and around Long Island, … Continue reading

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Book review: Decades – Curved Air in the 1970s by Laura Shenton

Decades - Curved Air in the 1970s by Laura Shenton

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 18.06.21] Author Laura Shenton makes no excuses for compiling a series of extracts from previously published work.  This includes contemporaneous snippets from the likes of Disc & Music Echo to more recent cribs from Prog magazine.  … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…Marc Bolan, Tyrannosaurus Rex and T.Rex (Every album, every song) by Peter Gallagher

On track...Marc Bolan, Tyrannosaurus Rex and T.Rex (Every album, every song) by Peter Gallagher

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 11.06.21] By the time of his untimely death in 1977 Marc Bolan was still releasing singles, although the big hits of earlier this decade were behind him, he had his own successful TV show and more … Continue reading

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Book review: Alice Cooper in the 1970’s by Chris Sutton

Alice Cooper in the 1970’s by Chris Sutton

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 28.03.21] There is no denying that the1970’s was the decade that the Alice Cooper band went from virtual nobodies to household names, but it was also a decade of massive upheaval for the band as front … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…ASIA (Every album, every song) by Peter Braidis

On track...ASIA (Every Album, Every Song) by Peter Braidis

Sonicbond Publishing [Release date 14.05.21] Asia were formed in 1981, one of the enduring melodic rock “supergroups” of that decade and one of the most successful.  Many readers will only remember the “classic” original line-up (and debut album) but this … Continue reading

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Book review: IGGY & THE STOOGES: On Stage 1967-1974 by Per Nilsen

IGGY & THE STOOGES: On Stage 1967-1974 by Per Nilsen

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 14.05.21] Iggy Pop is almost a household name, here in the UK he has appeared in various television commercials over the last few years and none more than the last year or so. Whilst Iggy & … Continue reading

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Book review: On track…STEVE HACKETT (Every album, every song) – Geoffrey Feakes

On track...STEVE HACKETT - every album, every song by Geoffrey Feakes

Sonicbond Publishing [Publication date 30.05.21] The hallmark of a good rock read has to be when the reader genuinely learns something new about the subject matter.  Geoffrey Feakes is evidently a real fan of Hackett’s work but once again there … Continue reading

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