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JimW



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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 10:14 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Michael wrote:
Yeah, I enjoyed it too.

It's a good companion piece to Dave Hill's great biog.. lots of insights, and a few eyebrow-raising moments. Worth a look.


When I've finished this book is it worth reading Dave Hill's book?  Its available on the Kindle at 6.99 and I'm not sure if the photos will also be on there.  What else is there to know?
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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2017 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave's book is definitely worth the read.
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding the new book, there were some great parts, including anecdotes and information I hadn't come across before.  

However, I felt it glossed over Marty's departure and although there was a lot about Rod's solo work, the obvious topic of the lyrics to 'Dead Man's Karaoke' was also overlooked. And Rod's decision to return (to the current line up) when he had previously stated that he would never be involved in anything under the Lindisfarne name again was similarly ignored. Obviously Rod, like anyone else, is entitled to change his mind - and I for one am glad that he did - but this wasn't even touched upon.

Shame, really, because I enjoyed most of the book. I just thought it was a missed opportunity to shed new light on certain matters (particularly that second split back in 2003.)
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2017 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mick wrote:
Regarding the new book, there were some great parts, including anecdotes and information I hadn't come across before.

However, I felt it glossed over Marty's departure and although there was a lot about Rod's solo work, the obvious topic of the lyrics to 'Dead Man's Karaoke' was also overlooked. And Rod's decision to return (to the current line up) when he had previously stated that he would never be involved in anything under the Lindisfarne name again was similarly ignored. Obviously Rod, like anyone else, is entitled to change his mind - and I for one am glad that he did - but this wasn't even touched upon.

Shame, really, because I enjoyed most of the book. I just thought it was a missed opportunity to shed new light on certain matters (particularly that second split back in 2003.)


There was a little mention of Rod getting his own back with the song 'Dead Mans Karaoke' which sort of hinted it was in response to something Alan Hull had written previously but it sort of ended there.  A missed opportunity perhaps?  I did learn some new stuff about the bands struggle to keep it all together as they were no long been seen as a band that could sell records.  There was me thinking they'd all gone on to be millionaires but as we know the money goes to the songwriters.  Jacka having to take up window cleaning I had forgotten about.  That should never have happened.
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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. Dave Ian Hill's book was a great starting point and I'm forever in its debt. I did however have the benefit of being able to bring the story up to the present day. Even now the book is in print, I'm still finding out things which it would have been great to put in if I had known earlier - something which any author in this field has to live with! I'd like to think however that I have got most of it somewhere in those pages. Rod and Ray L were very supportive, and as I acknowledged in the front, took a good deal of trouble to answer my questions very candidly, at some length, and were happy to be quoted - much appreciated, guys. Ray read through the draft before the final polishing and made some useful corrections (he was there and I wasn't, obviously...), and I had a very generous response from Rod once he had received and read his copy.
Re: Jim's comment above about the money going to the songwriters, very true. Just ask the past and present members of Slade!

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