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  • Stray Cats - Runaway Boys – The Stray Cats Story (English) by Mark Noir (Kirjat)



    World’s first published biography of The Stray Cats Story. English version.

    What makes this book special?
    – It is the first and only biography published, to date, of the band.
    – Based on a deep research work on more than 200 references of sources.
    – Extensive photographic material, some of them unpublished.
    – Commented Discography.
    – Full Tour List .

    Brian Robert Setzer, James Robert McDonnell and Leon Drucker were three neighbors of Massapequa, a small town in the county of Nassau, located in the state of New York, who shared a disproportionate fondness for music playing and for the pioneer artists of the r & r. They started an incredible adventure that will forever change their lives and that of many fans.
    In June of 1980, after gaining a reputation in the local scene, they flied to London, attracted by the explosion of the rockabilly genre , with the intention of spending the summer and trying some luck. Surprisingly, a few weeks later they appeared on the cover of the influential New Musical Express magazine and some members of the most famous bands (The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, The Kinks) come to see them and were shocked by their music, their aesthetics and its explosives live concerts.
    After conquering the European and Japanese market, they knocked out another heavyweight of the record industry, the American, getting placed on the sales charts behind the unbeatable Thriller by Michael Jackson, something unthinkable for a trio that plays rockabilly .
    After almost forty years of the creation of the band their first biography is written. This is the fascinating story of Stray Cats, their first steps, their influences, their records, their mythical performances, their symbols, their instruments, their technique, their conflicts and relationships, It´s the story of an unexpected split and about an era where punk embers are still hot, where subculture youth rules in London´s streets, where the crazy Japanese fans assert their reputation and where Hell’s Angels escort them at their triumphal entry into Paris. This is the story of a track that still remains indelible … THE TRACK OF THE CAT.

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  • Brackenridge Craig - Doin’ My Own Thing – Alan Wilson Autobiography (Kirjat)


    Doin’ My Own Thing is the autobiography of Alan Wilson and covers everything from childhood, school days, playing in bands, touring overseas, producing records, writing songs and owning a recording studio and record label. This book also covers the fascinating period when the first Psychobillies broke away from the Rockabilly scene to create their own subculture.

    “If you are expecting a straight-up rock biography here then think again. The bust-ups, bad behavior and (occasionally eye-watering) backstage antics are all present but there is also so much more. The early days stories are alive with detail and pitched somewhere between the movie Kes, Play For Today and a particularly violent episode of Grange Hill. Alan also takes a trip through the history of British Rock ‘n’ Roll whether it is experiencing the fine lines between the cults of Ted, Rockabilly and Psychobilly or working alongside many of his childhood heroes. Stories of many big names appear throughout but never in a boastful manner as you get the impression that Alan soaks up each experience with vivid powers of recall and uses these moments to inform his creative endeavors. While many books from musicians take you on a standard trip from obscurity to burn-out with possible salvation along the way, Alan deviates from this path and takes a good few page-turning detours that are bemusing but wildly entertaining. The career of The Sharks, Alan’s production work and the history of the Western Star Recording Company are only part of the story here. This is a meaty portion of non-fiction indeed. Dig in!”
    Craig Brackenridge – Author

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  • Make Tapio Memorabilia - Rockin ’ Bones KIRJA + Bonus CD (Kirjat)


    Marko Tapion hurmioitunut rock and roll -vuodatus sotki systeemini.
    Kuinka kukaan voi kirjoittaa rockabillystä ja rhythm & bluesista näin
    sekopäisiä sanaryöppyjä? Ensishokin jälkeen ymmärsin, että kiihkon
    vallassa runoileva nuorimies oli oikeilla jäljillä.” – Pekka Laine
    (The Fanatic IV, Hip Shooters, YLE)

    Make Tapion tekstit olivat kuin Gene Vincentin ensimmäiset
    levytykset: villejä ja vaarallisia, ja varsinkin Suomen oloissa rajoja
    rikkkovia. Maken sanan säilä viilsi hurmokselllisesti kuin Cliff
    Gallupin kitarasoolo.” – Masu Ijas (Pink Thunderbird)

    Marko ”Make” Tapio (1967 – 1991) oli oululainen rock and roll -friikki ja tuottelias kirjoittaja. Maken tekstejä julkaistiin satoja sivuja
    sellaisissa ”alan” pienlehdissä kuin Pink Thunderbird, Too Much Noise ja Blues News.

    Maken muistolle omistettu Rockin’ Bones -kirja kokoaa yhteen näistä jutuista parhaat ja kaivatuimmat – sekä yli 70 sivua ennenjulkaisematonta materiaalia! Kirjassa Maken verbaalisesta ilotulituksesta pääsevät osalliseksi muun muassa Link Wray, Tall Boys, The Cramps, Larry Williams, Don & Dewey, Legendary Stardust Cowboy, Thurston Harris, Larry Donn ja monet muut rock’n’rollin, rockabillyn ja r&b:n unohdetut kulttisankarit.

    Rockin’ Bonesin mukana tulee synkassa kirjan juttujen kanssa etenevä 30:n kappaleen cd, ”musiikillinen matka Maken maailmaan”.

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  • Various - How Britain Got The Blues 1: Skiffle, Folk, R´n`R & The British Blues Boom 2CD (Kirjat)


    ”History of RnB Records presents a new series of double CDs highlighting the 240 or so songs most frequently performed by British beat and blues groups. Volume One concentrates on the pre-Beatles skiffle and folk era and ties this into the Blues Boom group material of the late 1960s. Volume Two spotlights Merseybeat; two further volumes concentrate on the London scene and the jazz and soul sounds that influenced the mod movement. An illustrated 28-page booklet for each set includes detailed sleeve notes by Alan Clayson.”

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  • Book By William Jones - Rockabilly Underground London 1980`s (Kirjat)


    ERITTÄIN MIELENKIINTOINEN KIRJA ENGLANNIN SCENESTÄ 80_LUVUN ALUSTA! MUKANA MYÖS SUOMI OSUUS!! A look at the thriving Rockabilly scene in 1980s London – perhaps the best place to be at the time. Includes interviews with many of the scene’s important figures, and a whole lot of photos from the era.

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