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Brackenridge Craig - Doin’ My Own Thing – Alan Wilson Autobiography (Kirjat)€22,00
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