Sunday, January 20, 2008

Eddie Cochran & Gene Vincent - Things Do Go Wrong

I've just got a new book by Spencer Leigh about Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent's 1960 tour of the UK. In the foreword by Bobby Vee it says "Spencer has also, subtly and masterfully, managed to reconstruct the English lifestyle setting of the period". He has and that's just one of the things that makes this book well worth reading. All too often books about music (and many other subjects) suffer from a myopic approach that makes you feel that the subject is under to finely a tuned microscope. In Spencer's book you get a much grander sweep, even if the pre fab sixties was a little less grand than what was to follow. Spencer has interviewed many of those who were involved with this tour which helps bring the whole book to life and bring an authenticity sadly lacking from so many music books.
Besides a good story well told, Spencer has included cuttings, adverts and all sorts of other pieces of ephemera that greatly add to the enjoyment of the book.

You can get it from Amazon or direct from Spencer Leigh HERE

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