Told in the first person, Pretending To See The Future is an oral history of OMD, mixing hundreds of fan anecdotes with memories from the band, their collaborators, other musicians and celebrity admirers garnered from 40 years of recording and performing.

This 516 page full colour soft back edition has a bonus extras section which contains an additional 100 stories from OMD fans.

The book contains commentary from OMD founders Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, plus band members Martin Cooper, Malcolm Holmes and Stuart Kershaw, and is packed full of memorabilia and hundreds of photos. With many images in full colour and previously unseen pictures from the band’s own archive, this is the OMD story as it’s never been told before.

Contributors include:
Professor Brian Cox
Gary Numan
Phil Oakey
Stephen Morris
Jeremy Vine
Steve Lamacq
Richard Blade
Adam Clayton
Howard Jones
Peter Saville
Karl Bartos
John Dowie
Vince Clarke

Pretending To See The Future is the first official OMD biography since 1987’s Messages. Taking the reader on a journey from their Merseyside beginnings via debut single `Electricity’ (released on Manchester’s iconic Factory label) into the 1980s and a string of Top 40 hits that includes ‘Enola Gay’, ‘Souvenir’, ‘Joan of Arc’, ‘Locomotion’ and US smash ‘If You Leave’, the book also covers the band’s break up in the 1990s and their triumphant return in 2006.

With 100 Million album sales under their belt, Iron Maiden are undoubtedly the kings of heavy metal. The record-breaking Grammy winners, in their fifth decade as a group, are rightly adored worldwide.

This book draws on over 70 exclusive interviews with key characters in that incredible history, all telling their stories first-hand. Interviewees include legendary singers Blaze Bayley, Paul Di’Anno and Dennis Willcock plus thirteen other ex-members of Iron Maiden.

Add to this countless household names from associated bands (Gypsy’s Kiss, Urchin, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Praying Mantis), Killer Krew heroes, recording engineers, PR officers, fan club legends and even a one-time walking Eddie, and you have something special in your hands.

Forget the myths and the wikis, the publicity stunts and the white lies: read about how it really happened in the company of the people who were actually there.

Forewords by the reclusive first ever Maiden singer Paul Mario Day and Maiden mega-fan Michael Kiske of Helloween.

Few bands embodied the pure excess of the Seventies like Queen. Theatrical, brilliant, even mercurial – there has never been another band like them, or a frontman like Freddie Mercury. Their performance at the 1985 Live Aid Concert is the stuff of legend and 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are the Champions' have become anthems at sporting events around the world. With one of the most iconic videos ever, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ achieved even greater recognition through inclusion in the movie Wayne's World.

Their 1981 Greatest Hits album has sold more than 25 million copies to date. Queen were one of the biggest Eighties stadium rock bands of the Eighties but the death of frontman, songwriter and producer Mercury at the start of the Nineties brought the band to a premature halt. This book tells the full story of the band and its members from pre-Queen to post Freddie.

2017 is the 40th anniversary of the start of Paul Weller’s recording career. His first album, In The City, which he recorded with The Jam, was released in 1977. He then went on to record a further 22 albums with The Jam, The Style Council and his solo career. Sounds from the Studio starts in 2015 with the release of his most recent album Saturn’s Pattern then works backwards to the groundbreaking debut from The Jam - In the City.

 

The book includes interviews with artists who have worked with Paul including Noel Gallagher, Steve Cradock, Sir Peter Blake, Mick Talbot, and both Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton from The Jam as well as many of the studio hands, sleeve designers and interviews with members from Paul’s family.

More than 400 fans, friends and colleagues tell their stories of seeing, knowing and working with Bob Dylan from his hometown of Hibbing right through to finding Jesus – with first-hand accounts of seeing him live from the smallest of venues to festivals and arenas.

From early recording sessions through the 1966 tour; from the rural seclusion of Woodstock to turning gospel this book reveals a contemporary view of the younger Dylan. This book follows Dylan through those who knew, worked with and saw him and offers a unique perspective on the man and the times.

Fans, friends and colleagues who were there take you back to an amazing era with personal photographs, memorabilia, fascinating anecdotes, and stories that have never been published before.

“It’s a wonderful, wonderful book and I’d love for you to read it because I’m sure you’d enjoy it as much as I did.” Beat Magazine

“The book combines many impressions of Dylan into a panoramic eye witness account of both his recorded output and live perfomances throughout the 60s and 70s.” 4 Stars Shindig!

 

Randy Newman is an American singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who is known for his distinctive voice and film scores. He has written songs for Cilla Black, Alan Price, Dusty Springfield, Gene Pitney and Joe Cocker. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer including Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Cars, Meet The Parents and Seabiscuit.

Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002, as a Disney Legend in 2007 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2013. Has won three Emmys, six Grammy Awards and two Oscars.

Maybe I’m Doing It Wrong: The Life of Randy Newman is a primer for newcomers to his work and a rewarding handbook for the aficionado.  It includes biographical notes, key background facts, figures, tasting notes, asides, diversions and essays.

January 16th, 2017 marked the Cavern’s 60th anniversary. The Cavern Club opened its doors in 1957 as a jazz club and now stands as ‘The Most Famous Club In The World”. Undoubtedly, without the 292 gigs The Beatles played here between February 1961 and August 1963, the Cavern’s story would be a very different one.

 

But they did play those 292 gigs and the Cavern was firmly on the world’s  musical map. From this period, other artists exploded on to the musical scene; Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Hollies, Billy J Kramer, Cilla Black and many more. Everyone wanted to play this iconic venue, and they did; Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Ben E King, Rod Stewart, Status Quo, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Queen and many more. The Cavern has always reflected the current musical trends, embracing along the way, Blues, Soul, Rock, Indie. A true music venue.

 

Today the Cavern is a thriving live music venue, still attracting the big names. Artists to have played here in recent years include; Oasis, Travis, Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Jessie J, Jake Bugg and of course, in 1999, the return of Sir Paul McCartney.

Richard Houghton’s sixth book in The Day I Was There series is a collection of over 500 eyewitness accounts of seeing one of the most successful, innovative, and influential rock groups in history – Led Zeppelin.

With fans recalling memories of the earliest Yardbirds and Zeppelin shows at UK and European clubs right through until the O2 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in 2007. With personal photographs, memorabilia, fascinating anecdotes, and fan stories that have never been published before.

Led Zeppelin has been credited with a major impact on the nature of the music business, particularly in the development of album-orientated rock and stadium rock. The biggest band of the Seventies saw each of their nine studio albums placed in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart and six reached the number-one spot.

Jam drummer Rick Buckler was one-third of the powerhouse sound of The Jam along with Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton. The group had 18 consecutive UK Top 40 singles from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four No 1 hits.

 

More than any other group, The Jam kept the tradition of three-minute, hook-driven British guitar pop alive providing a blueprint for generations of bands to come. In this book, Rick Buckler talks us through the formation of The Jam and their early days - being signed by Polydor, their first No 1 record, the video shoots, tours and beyond. Buckler also picks the 50 greatest Jam tracks and tells us how they were written, recorded and the stories behind every one of these classic songs.

 

This book also critiques every Jam studio album as well as listing every Jam tour, The Jam on TV, Awards, video locations and more.

This fanthology is the first ever authorised book about indie legends The Wedding Present. With an introduction and commentary from band founder and mainstay David Gedge, The Wedding Present: Sometimes These Words Don t Have To Be Said is a collection of over 400 fan memories interspersed with insights from collaborators from across the band s career. These include former band members Peter Solowka, Shaun Charman, Paul Dorrington, Terry De Castro, Simon Cleave, Graeme Ramsay and Patrick Alexander and the band s producers and engineers including Chris Allison, Steve Lyon, Steve Albini and Grammy Award-winning Andrew Scheps.

 

From David Gedge s school days through to concerts in 2016, the book is packed with full colour images, including many from David s personal archive. It contains stories from a host of celebrity fans, including Gaz Coombes (Supergrass), Mark Burgess (The Chameleons), Martin Noble (British Sea Power), Emma Pollock (The Delgados), John Robb (The Membranes), William Potter (CUD), Rolo McGinty (The Woodentops), Ben Lambert (Carter USM), and bands who have performed at David s annual At The Edge Of The Sea festival.

 

David Bowie I Was There features more than 350 eyewitness accounts from fans who saw him live in concert, from colleagues who played music and worked with him and from friends. From his early shows in Bromley - through the 182-date Ziggy Stardust Tour and the 12 other major tours across the world - this is a unique view of the David Bowie story.

 

It places him in the context of the times he lived through and his place in the lives of those who saw him. The book features a wealth of fascinating stories, memorabilia and photographs that have never been published before - making this book a unique portrait of one of the most influential musicians of this era.

This unique and original photographic record preserves many important moments within The Beatles’ career, providing a historically important glimpse into the world’s greatest ever entertainment phenomenon.

 

Looking Through You presents a selection of over 300 images from the precious Beatles Book photo archive, many unpublished or unseen in their original form from the original negatives, as well as the story behind the success of the regular Beatle bulletin.

Louder Than Words is the only festival that celebrates that special relationship between music and the written word taking place in Manchester on November 2018. 

 

Past participants include Brix Smith Start, Kristin Hersh, Thunder, Wilko Johnson, Zoe Howe, Nick Soulsby, Steve Ignorant, Barney Hoskyns, Eleanor McEvoy & Chris Gollon, John Osborne, Penny Rimbaud, Wolfgang Flur & Rudi Esch, Daniel Rachel and many, others, with performances, signings and panels interrogating everything - Louder Than Words is  back in Manchester this year. 

The first in a series by author Richard Houghton, I Was There provides a fan's-eye account of the Fab Four as they conquered the world. From their skiffle days as The Quarrymen, their thrilling early gigs at the Cavern Club in Liverpool through to the Beatlemania of the Shea Stadium concerts in the USA. 

 

More than 400 first-hand encounters with The Beatles: the teenagers, kids, twentysomethings, promoters and support bands who can all proudly say 'I was there!' 

 

Featuring fascinating anecdotes, stories, photographs and memorabilia that have never been published before, this book is a portrait of an amazing era. It's like being at your very own Beatles gig!

Jimi Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music.

Richard Houghton’s fifth book in the I Was There series is a collection of over 400 eyewitness accounts of seeing him live. It’s the story of Jimi’s discovery by manager Chas Chandler in New York’s Cafe Wha? and explosion onto the UK music scene in 1966 through to his untimely death in September 1970.

With fans recalling memories of the earliest Experience shows at UK clubs and theatre shows and Jimi’s appearances at the Monterey, Woodstock, Atlanta and Isle of Wight festivals, you’ll see a portrait of Hendrix the live performer that’s never been painted before – up close and loud.

With personal photographs, memorabilia, fascinating anecdotes, and fan stories that have never been published before.

Available in print and as an eBook on Amazon, iTunes and Google Play.

 

 

 


Ric Lee's new book is about his life growing up in the coal mining town of Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and his journey to the legendary Woodstock Festival playing in the British blues rock band Ten Years After from the late 60s and beyond.

With over fifty years as a professional drummer, Ric has shared the stage and socialised with many of the all-time legends of the music world - Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Miles Davis, Mohammed Ali, Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendrix and many, many more.

Following the Woodstock Festival in August 1969 and the subsequent movie in 1970, Ric’s band, Ten Years After became huge on the world stage and played some of the biggest venues of the world music scene. The Newport Jazz Festival, The Miami, Atlanta and Texas Pop Festivals, 1970’s Isle of Wight Festival and headlining London’s Albert Hall, New York’s Madison Square Garden and Tokyo’s Budokan, further exposed the band’s music to a global audience.

Stephen Stills is one of the last remaining music legends from the rock era without a biography. During his six-decade career, he has played with all the greats.

 

Beginning his professional career with Buffalo Springfield, he composed one of their few hits "For What It's Worth," which became one of the most recognisable songs of the 1960s.  His career sky-rocketed when Crosby, Stills & Nash played only their second gig together at Woodstock in 1969. With the addition of Neil Young, the band would go on to play the first rock stadium tour in 1974.

His first solo album, Stephen Stills, went gold and is the only album to feature both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton. Its hit single, "Love the One You're With", became his biggest solo hit

 

Stephen Stills is the only person to have been inducted twice in one night into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Bruce Springsteen has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, and an Academy Award as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This book features over 250 accounts from fans who have witnessed a Bruce Springsteen live show. From late 60s concerts in New Jersey right through to his marathon three hour plus shows from recent times.

Fans from the USA, UK, Australia and Europe share fascinating anecdotes, stories, photographs and memorabilia that have never been published before and tell us about their experience of one of the worlds greatest live acts.

“Bruce Springsteen had his say in his Born To Run autobiography. Now it’s his fans’ turn in this lavishly illustrated, memorabilia-festooned treasure trove of chronological reminiscences of encounters and concerts from Child (aka Steel Mill) shows to this year’s Broadway residency… there are some draw-dropping tales. Surely this is the very book Springsteen might wish to read about himself.” Classic Rock Magazine

The Clash were arguably the most influential and inspirational UK punk rock band, incorporating elements of reggae, dub, funk, ska, rockabilly … you name it. But they were about so much more.

This Day in Music’s Guide to The Clash details their rise from roots in bands such as the 101’ers to their memorable emergence, 1977’s startling eponymous LP breaking them and double-album London Calling seeing that decade out in style, their place in music history already secured, putting them on the road to global success before the spark that ignited them ultimately burned them out.

This ultimate companion to the band appraises and examines not only the studio output, but examines how they broke America, the many tours and interviews, and sheds light on how they fell apart at the height of success.

This Day in Music’s Guide to The Clash also details the individual members’ stories, examining post-split careers and the heartbreak surrounding front-man Joe Strummer’s early death, profiling other key personnel involved with a group celebrated for their political stance, rebellious outlook and influential experimentation as much as their music, their legacy intact long after the classic line-up – Strummer, Jones, Simonon, Headon – last shared a stage.

Pop music is considered to be a reflection of changing youth culture and politics. Revealing trends, attitudes and social awareness it is a barometer of the times. From Elvis to Beatlemania, punk to hip hop and all points in between, it releases our emotions and takes us to another conscience state.

 

When radio entered in to our lives in the early 19th century, it changed everything. Broadcasting the sounds of the era to the masses, we could all access and share the tales of how music changed us. Here are the stories of how it was made, consumed and adored. Take a trip with This Day in Music Radio and listen/download the history of music as told by the most influential artist of all time with Pete Mitchell.

Paul Harries is Britain's pre-eminent photographer of rock bands who play their music at volume. Armed with a valid passport, a working camera and a keen eye for detail, Paul Harries has amassed a portfolio that amounts to nothing less than a rock fan's dream.

 

From an apprenticeship served in the photo pit at London's legendary Marquee Club, Paul has risen to occupy the position of leading lensman for Kerrang! magazine, the world's best-selling music weekly. Paul has closed his shutter on such groups as Nirvana, Muse, Green Day, Metallica, AC/DC, Biffy Clyro, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers and, of course, the mighty Slipknot.

 

Following a hugely successful touring exhibition, Paul Harries has selected the best of his stunning Slipknot photographs for a new book.

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