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Real Love! - Peter Checksfield
Real Love! 500 Beatles 'Solo' Cover Versions That You Must Hear!
Peter Checksfield
Release (11th March 2024)

There has never been a group as influential as The Beatles - that much is beyond dispute. What is rarely mentioned however, is how that influence continued with the four individual’s post-Beatles careers.

In ‘REAL LOVE: 500 Beatles ‘Solo’ Cover Versions That You Must Hear!’, music historian and author Peter Checksfield profiles cover versions of songs by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - famous and obscure, good and bad, new and old - as well as the artists behind them, along with nearly 50 exclusive interviews.
(This is the second book in the 'cover versions' set - also see 'Undercover')
The Dave Clark Five - Bits and Pieces!
The Dave Clark Five - Bits and Pieces!
Every Song From Every Session, 1962 - 1973
Peter Checksfield
Release (5th February 2024)

At the height of the music ‘British Invasion’ in the mid-sixties, ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ inductees The Dave Clark Five were second only to The Beatles in popularity. They’ve sold over 100 million records, appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ a dozen times, and have influenced artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Kiss and The Ramones.

Yet, until now, there has been almost no serious analysis of their music - which ranges from wild, frantic Rhythm ‘n’ Blues to relaxed, middle-of-the-road Easy Listening, as well as Rock ‘n’ Roll, Psychedelia, Bubblegum, Blues, Jazz, Country, Folk and Pop. In this remarkable book, music historian Peter Checksfield - author of acclaimed books on Jerry Lee Lewis, The Searchers and The Tremeloes - documents and reviews all this, and much, much more.
Nicky Samuel - My Life and Loves
Nicky Samuel - My Life and Loves Release 28th January 2024 (October 2023)
As told to Richard Perceval Graves
When beautiful heiress Nicky Samuel (1951-2019) left school at the age of 16, she was caught up in the world of Sixties London. Her first job was with Yoko Ono, and she soon fell in love with the owner of the fashionable hippy boutique ‘Granny Takes a Trip’, Nigel Waymouth, whom she married and with whom she later attended the legendary Isle of Wight Pop Concert. She spent time with celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Jane Fonda, Roger Vadim, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, and Robert Mapplethorpe. At nineteen, Nicky became a fashionable hostess.
She was photographed by Norman Parkinson for Vogue; and her close friends included Mick and Bianca Jagger, Christopher Gibbs, David Hockney, Anita Pallenberg and the eccentric, reclusive heroin addict John Paul Getty Jr. Her marriage broke up when she became involved in a passionate menage-a-trois involving the film-director Donald Cammell. In 1974, Nicky married homosexual jewellery designer, New York socialite and fortune-hunter Kenneth Jay Lane. Her social success was such that she was featured as a ‘New Beauty’ by Time Magazine. However, she became so unhappy and drug-addicted that she attempted suicide in the London Ritz. This memoir is a uniquely vivid experience of a vanished world.

Richard Perceval Graves is the author of more than nineteen books, including biographies of T.E. Lawrence, A.E. Housman, The Powys Brothers, Richard Hughes and Robert Graves. In 1999 he was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship, and he Chaired the Powys Society from 2001 to 2005. Richard lives in Bristol.
The Tremeloes - Even The Bad Times are Good
The Tremeloes - Even The Bad Times Are Good!
Every Song From Every Session
Peter Checksfield

Release 15th December 2023
Famously signed to Decca instead of The Beatles, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes spent four years topping the charts, touring the world, and appearing in movies.
Incredibly, when they split from their former lead vocalist, The Tremeloes went on to even greater success, with the 4 members - Alan, Dave, Rick & Chip - becoming one of those few bands (The Beatles & The Monkees among them) to be recognisable just by their first names.
With exclusive interviews with band members and dozens of previously unseen photos, acclaimed music historian Peter Checksfield tells The Tremeloes' story - via their many record releases - in this remarkable book.
A Very British Revolution
A Very British Revolution
Amirreza Tayebi

Release 21st September 2023
Revolutionary Swinging London Era The Swinging Sixties in London was a vibrant and transformative cultural era that left an indelible mark on film, music, fashion, and art. This revolutionary period, spanning roughly from the mid-1960s to early 1970s, was characterized by an explosion of creativity, social change, and youth-driven rebellion. In film, iconic works like "A Hard Day's Night" captured the spirit of the era with the rise of the Beatles and their influence on pop culture. The films of directors like Richard Lester showcased the energetic and irreverent attitudes of the youth. Music played a pivotal role as well, with the British Invasion bands like the Rolling Stones and The Who becoming global sensations. Fashion became a powerful vehicle for self-expression, as designers like Mary Quant introduced bold, mod-inspired clothing that defied tradition. The miniskirt became a symbol of female empowerment, while men embraced tailored suits with flamboyant twists. This spirit of innovation extended to art too, with the emergence of pop art led by figures like David Hockney and Peter Blake, who celebrated consumer culture and mass media through their work. 'A Very British Revolution', explores in essence the Swinging Sixties in London was a kaleidoscopic burst of color, sound, and rebellion. It ushered in a new era of youth culture that continues to inspire and influence artistic expression to this day.
The Searchers - Crazy Dreams! Peter Checksfield
The Searchers - Crazy Dreams! Every Song From Every Session, 1963 - 2023
Peter Checksfield
Release: July 2023
" An amazing Searchers recording log!” - Mike Pender MBE
Liverpool has always been a hotbed of musical talent, but it will always be remembered the most for that musical explosion of the ‘60s, when, for one brief moment, the city was the cultural centre of the universe, with artists that include The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer, Cilla Black, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Merseybeats, The Fourmost, and of course The Searchers. Famous for their pioneering brand of jangly, harmonised Pop, they proved to be one of the most influential groups of all, with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, CSN&Y, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Elvis Costello and The Attractions, The Ramones and The Pretenders amongst those who took inspiration from the band. Yet, they’re also one of the most eclectic, with a musical legacy that encompasses Folk, Country, Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Rockabilly, Soul, Garage, Psychedelia, Bubblegum, Proto-Glam, Reggae, Country-Rock, Orchestrated Ballads, Power Pop, New Wave, and even Power Ballads and Synth-Pop. Profiling demos, singles, album tracks, live recordings, outtakes, radio broadcasts, solo projects and more, and with a foreword by Mike Pender MBE, 'The Searchers - Crazy Dreams!: Every Song from Every Session, 1963-2023' is the ultimate guide to their extraordinary 60 year career.
Jerry Lee Lewis - Breathless! Peter Checksfield
Jerry Lee Lewis - Breathless!
Every Song From Every Session

Peter Checksfield
Release: 18th March 2023

In the summer of 1952, a 16 year-old Jerry Lee Lewis traveled from Ferriday, Louisiana, to New Orleans, and cut a Demo record.
In April 2022, a frail 86 year-old Jerry Lee Lewis, suffering from the debilitating effects of a stroke 3 years earlier, taped a Gospel album with his cousin Jimmy Lee Swaggart in Baton Rouge. It was his final recording.
When he passed away a few months later, almost inevitably, the obituaries focused on his often controversial personal life. Peter Checksfield met Jerry Lee Lewis several times, and befriended family members and musicians associated with him. He draws on these experiences, as well as nearly half a century of collecting and concerts, to create the definitive guide to The Music.
Encompassing Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country, Blues, Pop Standards, Gospel and just about everything in between, this book will leave you BREATHLESS!!!
Undercover - Peter Checksfield
Undercover: 500 Rolling Stones Cover Versions That You Must Hear!
Peter Checksfield
Release: 8th November 2022
Mick and Keith learned fast. They released their first original song ‘Stoned’ as the UK B-side of their version of Lennon-McCartney’s ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ in November 1963; within 18 months they had written and recorded ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’, and had become The Beatles’ biggest musical rivals.
In the 60 years since they started, there have been thousands of Rolling Stones cover versions. Music historian Peter Checksfield listened to most of them (so you don’t have to), and came up with the best 500, in a staggering variety of genres: Rock, Blues, Soul, Garage, Psych, Prog, Beat, Reggae, Ska, Pop, Funk, Disco, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Glam, Metal, Punk, New Wave, Indie, Gothic, Grunge, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Bossa Nova, World, Gospel, Electronica, Boogie Woogie, Jazz, even Cabaret, Polka and Classical.
Also included are a mammoth 130 exclusive interviews with many of the musicians involved.
Top of the Pops - Peter Checksfield
Top Of The Pops: The Punk and New Romantic Years 1976 - 1986
Peter Checksfield

Release: 27th June 2022

The follow-up to the acclaimed ‘Top Of The Pops: The Lost Years Rediscovered 1964-1975’, this 650 page A4 sized book recaptures the years from the dawn of Punk to the tale-end of the New Romantics, via Disco, New Wave, Reggae, Heavy Metal, Synth-Pop, Gothic Rock and so much more! Included are:• Complete episode listings to all 567 episodes from 1976 to 1986. • Nearly 2000 black & white screen-shots of TOTP performances. • 1200 mini-bios on every act seen, heard or danced to. • Details of all lost and cancelled episodes. • Exclusive memories, anecdotes, memorabilia and photos from artists who performed on the show. So, whether you were there at the time, or have discovered the show retrospectively, this is the ultimate guide to TOTP's last golden era!
Top of the Pops - Peter Checksfield
Top Of The Pops: The Lost Years Rediscovered 1964 - 1975
Peter Checksfield

Release: September 2021 - Running from 1st January 1964 to 30th July 2006, BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ was the UK’s longest-running and most influential music TV show. Yet, unbelievably, the BBC didn’t start semi-regularly keeping tapes of the show until the spring of 1976. Fortunately - thanks largely to sneaky TV technicians, overseas TV stations and early home-video pioneers - the picture isn’t quite as bleak as it first appears.
This book affectionately recaptures those musically and historically important years, and includes:
• Complete episode guides to all 619 episodes from 1964 to 1975.      • The 1969 ‘Pop Go The Sixties’ and 1970 ‘Into 71’ one-off TV specials.
• 100’s of black & white screen-shots of surviving footage.      • Nearly 900 mini-bios on every act seen, heard or danced to during those years.
• Memories and anecdotes from over 50 artists who performed on the show, as told exclusively to the author.
All this and more make this the definitive book on 'Top of The Pops’ golden “lost” years!
Shindig! Peter Checksfield
Peter Checksfield

Release: May 2021 - NO other ‘60s TV show could boast such a cool list of acts, not the UK’s ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’, ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ and ‘Top Of The Pops’, and certainly not American rival shows ‘Hullabaloo’, ‘Shivaree’ or ‘Hollywood A Go-Go’. In this book, Peter Checksfield looks at every artist and their songs in every episode, from its tentative Pilot shows, through to its ground-breaking peak, to the show’s dramatic and swift demise. With over 500 screen-shots, mini-bios, US and UK chart positions, anecdotes, trivia and more, this really is the first and last word on America's greatest music TV Show! Apart from the fact that the show featured up to an hour of non-stop music and (mostly) live performances, just a few of the 300+ artists who appeared on the show from September 1964 to January 1966 were… Rock 'n' Roll: Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, The Coasters. British Invasion: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Manfred Man, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, The Yardbirds, The Zombies, The Pretty Things. US Artists: The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Turtles, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Kingsmen, The Sir Douglas Quintet, The Righteous Brothers, Sonny & Cher. Soul: James Brown, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Isley Brothers, Sam Cooke, The Temptations. Girl Groups: The Shangri-Las, The Ronettes, The Blossoms, The Ikettes, The Angels, The Dixie Cups, The Supremes, The Chiffons. Solo Artists: Roy Orbison, Charlie Rich, P.J. Proby, Gene Pitney, Donovan, Lesley Gore, Sandie Shaw, Jackie DeShannon, Marianne Faithfull, Cilla Black!
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Having A Rave Up! Peter Checksfield
Having A Rave Up!
Peter Checksfield

Release: March 2021
Possibly his best yet! Peter is building a definitive list of Sixties music memorabilia and reference which you really must explore if you love the Sixties!. Featuring in-depth reviews, full track listings, and cover photos, this extraordinary book includes more than 500 UK and US albums released by British Beat Groups and singers during the early to mid-sixties.
Amongst the 120+ acts are early pioneers Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Johnny Kidd and The Pirates, Billy Fury and The Tornados; Mersey legends The Beatles, The Searchers, Gerry and The Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer; Manchester’s The Hollies, Freddie and The Dreamers, Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders, and Herman’s Hermits; London groups The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Yardbirds and The Dave Clark Five; Beat Girls Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black, Lulu and The Liverbirds; and many, many more.
With added details of exclusive European releases, band line-ups and composer credits, this really is The Definitive Guide to British Beat Albums in The Sixties!
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Peter Wyngarde: A Life Amongst Strangers
Tina Wyngarde-Hopkins

Release: February 2020
“Tina Wyngarde-Hopkins’ has written a most remarkable biography of Peter Wyngarde; he really couldn’t have had a more devoted biographer, whose book is full of fascinating stories and anecdotes from his life and career. She has delved, researched, discovered, analysed, and championed a great actor, who was once recognised as one of the most exciting stage performers on the planet. Well done! This is an essential book for anyone who values this extraordinary man and his work. It’s a large book that needs patience to get through, but his was a long, intense and brilliant life.” Steven Berkoff – Actor, Writer, Director

“I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone, not just for the author’s strenuous work in setting the record straight but also for her sincere, unvarnished depiction of a man who could be awkward, difficult, and provocatively iconoclastic, as well as one possessing unique personal and creative talents.” Tony Williams – Film International.
Untamed Youth! Peter Checksfield
Untamed Youth! The ultimate visual guide to 50s & 60s rock & pop at the movies
Peter Checksfield

Release: June 2020
There have been many publications on Rock and Pop Movies, but these are inevitably more about the movies than the actual music. This book eschews in-depth analysis and reviews, and instead concentrates solely on the artists featured and the songs performed. Featuring a staggering 700 black & white screenshots, and detailing appearances by over 400 British and American artists in more than 300 movies, this really is The Ultimate Visual Guide to 50s & 60s Rock & Pop at The Movies!

Peter Checksfield’s books have been reviewed positively by ‘Record Collector’, ‘Mojo’, ‘Shindig!’, ‘The Beat’, ‘Ugly Things’, ‘Folkrocks’, ‘Wired Up!’, ‘Making Time’, ‘The Joe Meek Society’, ‘The Strange Brew’, ‘The Daily Beatle’ and more.
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Let's Stomp!    Peter Checksfield
Let's Stomp! : American music that made the British beat, 1954 - 1967
Peter Checksfield

Release: March 2020 - Another great and heavily researched book by Peter Checksfield to go with the titles already in his 'stable' for those of you who love pop history, facts and trivia.
Question: What do ‘Halfway To Paradise’ by Billy Fury, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’ by The Searchers, ‘Do You Love Me’ by Brian Poole and The Tremeloes, ‘The Hippy Hippy Shake’ by The Swinging Blues Jeans, ‘Silhouettes’ by Herman’s Hermits and ‘Sorrow’ by The Merseys ALL have in common? Answer: As well as all being timeless classics of course, they were all covers of songs originally recorded by American artists, in these cases, respectively, Tony Orlando, The Drifters, The Contours, Chan Romero, The Rays and The McCoys.
Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhythm ‘n’ Blues, Jazz, Country, Folk, Blues, Pop, Soul, Girl Groups, Musicals... these are just some of the American music genres that inspired The Brits, who ultimately would come up with many new musical genres of their own. Covering the dozen or so years from the dawn of Rock ‘n’ Roll & Skiffle in 1954 to the decline of the Beat Groups in 1967, and featuring over 2000 songs and 1500 different artists, this book really is the ultimate guide to the music that changed the world. Click the link for Amazon page: Kindle and Paperback options plus the other Peter Checksfield publications.
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Channelling The Beat! Peter Checksfield
Channelling The Beat! : The ultimate guide to UK '60s pop on TV
Peter Checksfield
With 30 years of research, over 700 info-packed pages, and a foreword by Peter Noone, Mike Pender, Tony Crane MBE, Brian Poole, Steve Ellis& Billie Davis,‘Channelling The Beat!’ more than lives up to its subtitle 'The Ultimate Guide to UK ‘60s Pop on TV'! Profiled are over 150 “British Invasion” artists. These include the post ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll of Cliff Richard, Adam Faith and The Tornados; the beat explosion of The Beatles, The Tremeloes and Herman’s Hermits; the rhythm ‘n’ blues of The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things and The Who; and the psychedelia of The Pink Floyd, Procol Harum and Traffic, not forgetting the girl singers such as Cilla Black, Billie Davis and Dusty Springfield. Amongst the 100’s of legendary shows featured are the UK’s ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’, ‘Top of The Pops’ and ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’, the US’s ‘The Ed Sullivan Show, ‘Shindig!’ and ‘Hullabaloo’, Europe’s ‘Beat Club’, ‘Popside’ and ‘Twien’, and 100’s of more! So, whether you have just a casual interest in ‘60s music and culture, or you're a more serious researcher and historian, this is the book for you!
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Also by
Peter Checksfield
Released 2019:

Look Wot They Dun
70s UK Glamrock on TV
Tell Me What You See
The Beatles on TV/video
Look Wot They Dun! Peter Checksfield   Tell Me What You See - Peter Checksfield
The Cutting Edge
The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles' Hairdresser Who Defined an Era
Leslie Cavendish
He was the hairdresser of The Beatles and many more 60s celebrities including The Bee Gees, The Who, James Taylor, Peter Cook, Terence Stamp, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills and Nash. Leslie's fascinating first hand account (which he has waited fifty years to tell) includes anecdotes from the drug-fuelled insanity at Apple Corp, Leslie's experiences on the Magical Mystery Tour's psychedelic bus, how one of Leslie's haircuts changed rock and roll history, leading directly to the creation of the groundbreaking Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, behind the scenes portraits of John, Paul, George and Ringo, at home, in the recording studio and in town, and why Leslie never kept a single lock of the Beatles' valuable hair (one of John Lennon's locks was recently auctioned for £25,000 pounds!)
The publication of this book coincides with the start of the most important fifty-year anniversary of the Beatles and of the 60s counterculture. Containing unpublished photographs, the book will be printed in August 2017 for release in September 2017 (Alma Books 9781846884313 £14.99 Hardback).
Boom! - Ted Polhemus
Boom! and Orbiting Neptune
Ted Polhemus 2012
As the baby boom generation grew up in the 50s, 60s and 70s the world changed as never before – ‘youth culture’ became where it’s AT, ditto ‘pop culture’ which for the first time in history triumphed over elitist High Culture, likewise, ‘streetstyle’ overshadowed High Fashion as the driving force decreeing what is ‘In’ and what is ‘Out’, America and then ‘Swinging London’ made chic Paris look passé and the ‘counterculture’ challenged (and then became) The Establishment. Throughout all this I had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time.
Now, as ‘My Generation’ enters old age, my new books BOOM! and Orbiting Neptune explore how the world was (and wasn’t) shaped by the Boomers – and, crucially, considers what a post-Boomer world will look like.
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Orbiting Neptune is a pictorial companion to BOOM!
Orbiting Neptune - Ted Polhemus
The Big Beat Scene
The Big Beat Scene
Royston Ellis
Over fifty years ago, at the dawn of the Swinging Sixties, Royston Ellis was a spokesman for Britain'steenage generation. Aged 16, he hung around coffee bars and jazz clubs in Soho, chronicling in poetry the life he saw around him. Gradually, he also became closely associated with the emerging music scene. In 1959, he teamed up with Cliff Richard's group, the Drifters, and appeared with them on television and stage shows performing his unique brand of 'rocketry' (rock'n'roll poetry). In 1960, he was backed by the Beetles (as they then were) in Liverpool, and by Jimmy Page at London’s Mermaid Theatre. Before leaving the UK in 1961 to explore the world, Ellis penned the first-ever books on Cliff (Driftin’ with Cliff Richard) and the Shadows (The Shadows by Themselves), as well as The Big Beat Scene, the first contemporary account of the teenage music scene in Britain. Written before the emergence of the Beatles and without the benefit of hindsight, this fascinating document provides a unique, first-hand insight into the popularity and relevance of jazz, skiffle and rock'n'roll at a time when Cliff Richard & The Shadows were at the cutting edge of pop, and the social attitudes of the time. Out of print for almost half a century, this forgotten classic of rock literature is now available once again, with additional explanatory notes and a new Foreword and Afterword by the author.
Fashion Trends - London Look of the 60s
Fashion Trends: London Look of the 60's
Miss Leigh Rudd
with drawings by Brittany Morganti
The London Look of the 1960’s is a value-packed 85 pages of colouring and escape into a stress-free zone, with over 150 original drawings of London's outrageously trendy scene during the ‘Swinging Sixties’.
Creator Leigh Rudd says, “We did not hold back here! We were going for high impact fun at a great price! We want our colouring fashionistas to be entertained and distracted.” There are detailed drawings of the famous epicentre of fashion in the 60’s which was King’s Road in Chelsea, London. This fashionista colouring book is a first! It is a guide to Fashion Forecasting 101 -- whether it is for a career or for yourself. Since Leigh Rudd is the original fashion forecaster in 1968, this is the perfect vehicle for guiding a fashion devotee into this world. It provides imaginative images of all the inspiration and work tools - not to be missed. Rudd gives homage to cutting edge Chelsea in London and designers like Mary Quant and Ossie Clark. The main character is Jordan Parker (a feisty alter-ego of herself in 2016) who hosts the colouring book as a young fashion forecaster. Click the image for the AMAZON link.
Saturday Night at The Black
Saturday Night At The Black
William H.Howells 2016
'The Cavern, Liverpool; the Kaiserkeller, Hamburg; the Black Lion, Cardigan - yes, we played them all.' 'The Black Lion was a huge joint with a coach house for live music. I became the agent for sending bands there. That was good fun....' (Allan Williams, The Beatles' first manager).
'I used to call Cardigan "Little Liverpool"....' (Bill Harry, founder and editor of Mersey Beat). 'Black Lion? Oh, yes I used to go there every Saturday night then, but I don't remember much now. None of the groups. To tell you the truth I was too drunk most of the time - as you were at that age.'
'My father warned me never to go near The Black. If he knew half the antics that went on he would have killed me.'
Read how the borough councillors failed in their attempt to stem the tide of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll in Cardigan. Discover why The Beatles turned down an offer to play in the eisteddfod tent at Parc Dolwerdd. Embark on a 'magical mystery tour' of Saturday Night at The Black Lion, Cardigan, during the swinging sixties.
Over 100 illustrations, many of which you will not have seen before.
Matt Monro - Michele Monro - Titan Books
Matt Monro: The Singer’s Singer : The Life and Music of Matt Monro
Michele Monro
A singer once said “his pitch was right on the nose: his word enunciation letter perfect: his understanding of a song thorough. He will be missed very much, not only by myself, but by his fans all over the world”. The singer was the legendary Frank Sinatra, The man he spoke about: the irreplaceable Matt Monro.

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Holding The Fort - Michael Bates
Principality of Sealand: Holding the Fort
Michael Bates
The book uncovers the truth behind Michael's kidnap by armed terrorists, his family setting up their own island nation, government sieges, top secret government documents and multiple attempts to bring an end to the Sealand dream. The book includes previously unseen photos from his family's personal collection. "The story of Sealand is stranger than fiction, better than Hollywood and more surreal than Dali" - Ben Fogle
The Cavern After Hours
Cavern After Hours
Cavern After Hours is a website, and a book, that focuses very much on 60s bands that never made it big, but still made a great contribution to the mid to late 60's Merseyside Merseybeat scene. The book not only covers growing up in Liverpool during the 50's and early 60's but also includes early recollections of the mythical place only a bus ride away know as the Cavern together with the overall Merseybeat sound which at that time 1962 was only just starting to grow.
Visit this fascinating site!
Making Waves - David Sinclair
Radio Stations In the Mid-60's - Making Waves
David Sinclair
David was born and raised in the UK and after a somewhat uninteresting series of jobs, was bitten by the broadcasting bug in late 1965 and 'served' aboard Radio Essex, Radio 390 and Radio 270. After the closure of the pirate radio scene he emigrated to Canada and worked in both commercial radio and television. Although now retired, he still does the occasional voice-over.
Kindle Edition

The Legend of Time Tunnel - Marcelo Abeal
The Legend of Time Tunnel    
Marcelo Abeal Urquiza
The Legend of Time Tunnel is a new book about The Time Tunnel by Argentinian actor/model/stuntman/author, Marcelo Abeal Urquiza. You can find out more about the book and its author by clicking on the image and visiting his website.
You can also enjoy a gallery of pictures from Marcelo at:
Legend of Time Tunnel Gallery

ISBN 978-987-022774-8

Before The Beatles Were Famous
Before the Beatles Were Famous
Alan Graham
Told with frank wit and realism, Before The Beatles Were Famous is equal parts autobiography and cultural history, spanning the era beginning with Al Graham's childhood in post-WWII Liverpool through the late nineteen sixties in what was then called "Swingin' London". As a chronicle of the times it presents the unvarnished reality of Dickensesque poverty; as a coming-of-age story it is equally candid and unclouded by nostalgia. Excerpts from the book    
Bill Harry Interview with Alan Graham
The King of Carnaby Street - Jeremy Reed
The King of Carnaby Street
Jeremy Reed
John Stephen drove a purple and gold Cadillac and suffered bouts of manic depression that meant he had no need for the drug scene of the day, where speed in the form of 'purple hearts' fuelled all-night raves. As Jeremy Reed reveals in this fascinating new biography of a relatively neglected figure, Stephen ultimately became an icon of the swinging sixties and the Mods.

press release (word.doc)
Veronika Carnaby
In her debut novel, Veronika Carnaby picks up where the Beat Generation left off. Set in 1960, Bohemia chronicles a group of twenty-somethings who defy the "ideals" of a mid-twentieth century society to seek creative fulfillment. In the process, they spotlight the creative path that artists of all mediums tread, all the while depicting the challenges faced by youth in the decade that changed the world  Veronika Carnaby blogspot
The Untold 60s - Alex Gross
The Untold 60s
Alex Gross
An insider's Sixties on an international scale! During the Sixties the author wrote for, and occasionally edited, major underground newspapers in London, New York, Berlin and Amsterdam.
Almost all of 'The Untold Sixties' was written during the mid-Seventies, when these events were still fresh in the author's mind, bringing the reader remarkably close to reliving the Sixties in all their intensity.
The 60s - Bill Harry and Robert Orbach
The 60s
Bill Harry and Robert Orbach
The 1960s were a defining period in the 20th century. A new generation took over the world and brought it their long hair, vibrant music and exciting, modern fashion. Moral standards and role models were questioned and often rejected, All aspects of this remarkable decade are covered Politics, Conflict, Sport, Music, People, Style as well as all the key players of the time Lennon, McCartney, Kennedy, Warhol, Armstrong, Dylan, Quant, King, Elvis, Mao.
Birmingham:More of The Sixties - Alton Douglas
Birmingham - More of The Sixties
Alton Douglas
One of many Alton Douglas (quizmaster and co-writer of the BBC Midlands TV series 'Know Your Place') books (33 at the last count) documenting Midlands life during various periods of history and jam-packed with photographs, documents and adverts from the time.
This one features more than 350 iconic photos of Birmingham, and Midlands life, in the Sixties.
Psych Trail Mix
Psych Trail Mix
Psychedelia isn't just a kind of music, or a passing fad, it's a whole THING. There's a lot to it!
This is an American website and online 'Print your own 'zine' that allows you to view the zine in .pdf format and hopefully, print it if you'd like to.
It's completely free, and you can also access all the back copies as well!
Going Underground - Suzie Tullett
Going Underground
Suzie Tullett
Three men on two scooters (a vintage Lambretta and Vespa) heading down the country to Brighton...
Three women and a heavily pregnant belly in hot pursuit - all squashed into a classic, Union Jack roofed mini...
... and an off duty Police Officer bringing up the rear... and with musically themed chapters it even has its own soundtrack!
Ridley Road
Ridley Road
Jo Bloom
Summer, 1962. Twenty-year-old Vivien Epstein, a Jewish hairdresser from Manchester, arrives in London following the death of her father. Alone in the world, she is looking for a man she had a brief but intense love affair with some months before. Determined to make a new life for herself, Vivien convinces Barb, the owner of Oscar's hair salon in Soho, to give her a job. There, she is swept into the world of the sixties - the music and the fashions, the coffee bars and clubs.
The Isla Vista Crucible
Reilly Ridgell
Three college roommates try to live and enjoy their student lives while caught up in the frenzy of casual drug use, recreational sex, lacrosse, rock and roll music, political activism, riots, and race relations during the tumultuous 1969-70 school year in the unique student community of Isla Vista.
" I was amazed at the dazzling accuracy, and intricate twists of originality, with which he portrays many stock, but absolutely true-to-life, characters "

Excerpts from 'Before The Beatles Were Famous' by Alan Graham

Rock'n'Roll Lunch

It was noon when I arrived. As I descended the steps to the dank basement, a choking wave of disinfectant almost drove me back upstairs. They were still cleaning up from the night before, yet it was busy with patrons at the food counter, eating lunchtime hot dogs and drinking Coca-Cola in tiny glass bottles. The smell of rotten fruit still lingered from the days when the place was a produce warehouse. The rest of the buildings in the area were still in use for that purpose, and the streets were lined with loud, idling delivery trucks. The warehouse filled up with the sound of guitars being tuned on a stage at the back. The ceiling was low and the building long, creating an atmosphere of being in a railway tunnel with a light at the end. A lunchtime rock-‘n’-roll concert in a smelly basement on a grimy backstreet hardly seemed inviting, but when Paul McCartney stepped up to the microphone and belted out the lyrics to Long Tall Sally – “Gonna tell Aunt Mary ‘ bout Uncle John He claims he has the misery but he's havin’ a lot of fun Oh baby, yes, baby – wooo – baby, havin’ me some fun tonight, yeah…” – the basement was transformed into Rock-‘n’-Roll Heaven. Gone was the odor of rotten fruit and disinfectant as the now tightly packed space was electrified with the sound and the intensity of the performers. John Lennon and Paul McCartney harmonized as George Harrison played a sweet lead guitar. Pete Best sat smiling on the drums, and the hour went by much too quickly.

It was 1960, and The Beatles had not yet been discovered. They were wildly popular to a very small but adoring fan base. Red and sweating faces popped up out of the warehouse, and suddenly Matthew Street was jammed with people returning to work. The Beatles emerged and loaded their equipment into a dark green van. I stood watching the soon-to-be Fab Four. John Lennon had a Pomp hairstyle with a DA in the back. With a small black comb, he carefully primped and preened the shiny mass. At that time the Beatles were strictly a cover band doing 1950s rock-’n’-roll. Original music was something of the future; and although nobody, including the Beatles, could imagine it, they would become that future.

The Fab Four

In 1961, I worked for Jackson’s Tailor Shop in Liverpool, England. Lunchtime was the most exciting part of my day. I would make the short walk to the busy fruit market area where one of the warehouses had been converted into a cramped basement nightclub called The Cavern. Monday through Friday, lunch guests were treated to matinee performances by up-and-coming rock ‘n’ roll groups who played the music of such popular American artists as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke, and Joe Tex. Sitting down to a meal of ice-cold Coke and a hot dog smothered in onions, I listened to local bands cover Sweet Little Sixteen, Long Tall Sally, Tallahassee Lassie, Three Cool Cats, Rip It Up, and many more top hits from across the pond. Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Searchers, Cilla Black, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes – these were the foundation of the great new “Mersey Beat.”

But amongst all of these rock stars in the making, one band stood out above all others. Clad in black leather jackets, Levi’s, and high-heeled boots and boasting silly haircuts, these lads were cool, cheeky, and gave it their all. Very soon, this group, my favorite, would become famous, transforming rock ‘n’ roll and the city of Liverpool. Originally called The Quarrymen, the world was to know them as The Beatles. The Beatles headed for London – “The Smoke.” I never saw them perform live again but marveled at their meteoric rise. They arranged their own compositions, leaving the old songs in the dust as a new paradigm emerged. We all sang their material with home grown pride. Love Me Do and Please, Please Me were the first to hit the charts. What followed was nothing less than an avalanche of creative energy not seen since the 1920’s renaissance in Paris. When the Beatles left the city of Liverpool, my lunchtime was not the same. Even though the new music raged on, for me something was missing. So, I too left, following my “Fab Four” to London (The Smoke).

At midnight I took the cheapest train out of the Liverpool Central Station. It was a six-hour journey as we stopped to deliver mail at each city down the line. At six a.m. I stood outside of Euston Station surveying my new surroundings and wondering where the Beatles might be. Hopping on the Tube to Marble Arch, I picked the biggest hotel I could find and went in to ask for a job. There were not any, but a sweet old lady in the personnel office gave me a lead for a construction site in a beautiful village on the outskirts of the city. The work was grueling, yet the pay was three times more than I ever would have earned in Liverpool. One morning, I was digging a ditch for a gas main when two Rolls Royce Silver Clouds passed by. The fellow working with me said, “You know who that was, don’t you?” I said, “No, who?” “That was the Beatles,” he replied. “They live just across the street at St. Georges Hills.” Of all the places I could have landed for work, I ended up right where my beloved Beatles dwelled. St. Georges Hills was a luxurious gated community where only the very wealthy resided. Although I never saw them in the flesh or did those Silver Clouds ever pass by again, it was a quiet thrill that I had followed them unknowingly to precisely where they lived. When that job ended, it was onto one factory after another until I donned the cap of a night porter for British Railways. I found digs in Earls Court, aka “Bed-Sit-Land,” a bustling, upscale West London borough populated by single young people. The 1860’s terraced housing had been converted into single rooms and two-bedroom flats – hence, Bed-Sit-Land, short for bedsitter flats. Bed-Sit-Land was also a cosmopolitan tourist hub that attracted students from across the globe. “Michelle, ma belle, these are words that go together well, ma Michelle…” My favorite group was now world famous and their songs dominated the airwaves. It was wall-to-wall Beatles, in addition to talented, groundbreaking groups like the Rolling Stones, the Who, and Pink Floyd.

My favorite perfume at the time was girls. I liked them very much and they liked me. I had two girlfriends from Sweden, one from New Zealand, one from France, one from Germany, and several from Earls Court, who just happened to be from England. The number eventually grew to ten. I now worked as a fry cook at the local Wimpy Bar, the equivalent of the American burger joint and named after the hamburger-gulping character from the Popeye cartoons. Since the Beatles’ phenomenon, England had shed its dreary bounds. It was now awash with an explosion of outrageous fashion, bizarre art, and super cool music. I lived in paradise and was free as a bird. At the drop of a hat, I hitchhiked to anywhere that took my fancy. One summer evening, I stood in front of Earls Court Station watching people – one of my favorite pastimes. A strikingly beautiful girl with long brown hair and blue eyes came out of the building. She looked at me and kept on walking. I followed her, and asking if I could walk with her, she replied, “Well, I’m going home.” “Where do you live?” I asked. “In Vasser Garten.” “I have never heard of Vasser Garten. Is it around here?” “No,” she said, “it is in Stockholm. I am from Sweden.” She stopped and laughed at my surprise. This could be a very long walk, I thought to myself. Tanya explained that she had been working in London for the summer and was about to hitchhike her way back home. That very evening, she was catching the midnight ferry from Dover to France. I volunteered to escort her all the way to Sweden. It was now she who was surprised. “You would? You would?” she exclaimed. I would, and I did. I went directly home, packed a few things in a knapsack, and off we went. We had a wonderful adventure crossing Europe through France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark – all the way home to Vasgatan (King Street named for King Gustav Vaser) in Stockholm. I stayed with her for a couple of weeks. Although she was lovely and fun to be with, Sweden was dull and so were the people. I was used to gregarious and adventuresome folk, full of feeling and e_xpression. The Swedes were decidedly reticent and emotionless.

The night before I left, I sat in a small club where a local guitarist played Beatles music. He struggled with translating the lyrics to Yellow Submarine. When it came to the part, “We all live in a yellow submarine,” the musician had difficulty finding a word for “submarine.” Submarine as a single word is nonexistent in Swedish. He simply replaced it with “under vasabuss” (underwater bus). No matter where I went, the Beatles had been there ahead of me and had left their mark. Back in London, Earls Court was as groovy as ever. Hordes of tourists and students came flooding into the community to experience firsthand the English music scene. The Liverpool accent was now a major asset. American girls hung on my every word and tried to mimic me as they giggled with delight. “Please come and meet my friends” was a common request. As surely as a celebrity without portfolio, I was the next best thing to a Beatle. “Talk like John Lennon. Talk like Paul McCartney. Can you sound like Ringo?” I spoke in my natural voice, with its thick Liverpool brogue, but to my audience it was as glorious as hearing an English rock star. I was the only Liverpudlian in town, setting me apart from everybody else. I was a very singular fellow indeed, unfettered by anyone or anything. I floated in the land of milk and honey, surrounded by beautiful girlfriends.

Rock ‘n’ roll ruled. A massive upheaval in a once-stuffy society blossomed into a wild, hippie counter-culture. Young people opened their hearts and minds to one another, sharing and caring for each other in a near-utopian world. The new music kept on coming, as did the college kids. I found myself at a magical crossroads, with each new face presenting a fresh adventure. American kids were friendly, generous, and intelligent. They brought their own lifestyle to ours. We shared each other’s customs like gleeful children sharing the latest toys. A decade earlier, it was they who had ruled, with Elvis as king and the English mimicking him and his court musicians like devoted subjects. The Beatles now wore the crown. They had hijacked American rock ‘n’ roll, with its complex musical and backup vocal arrangements, and transformed it into the predecessor of punk rock – just four kids and their instruments. Anyone who could play a guitar or a set of drums could form a band. Very soon, there were hundreds of new groups as the Mersey Beat and the English Sound set off to conquer the world.

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