BOOKS

Jon Derek has been featured in many books - a few of them are listed below.

JIM REEVES - HIS UNTOLD STORY

(Larry Jordan)

 

Velvet-voiced Jim Reeves was not only one of the world's most popular and enduring recording stars, he was one of the most fascinating. Now, in this truly intimate and scrupulously well-researched biography, author Larry Jordan sets the record straight, dispelling rumors and misinformation that have swirled around Reeves for decades.

CHAS & DAVE - ALL ABOUT US

(Chas Hodges)

 

Bursting on to the music scene in the 70s, Chas & Dave released songs that spoke about life in London, using their own accents rather than the fashionable but fake transatlantic twang. With hits like 'Gertcha', 'Rabbit', 'The Sideboard Song', 'Margate' and the achingly beautiful 'Ain't No Pleasin' You', they created a sound that was uniquely British and rockin' to boot.

COUNTRY BOY -

A BIOGRAPHY OF ALBERT LEE

(Derek Watts)

 

Best known for his unique musical style and blindingly fast hybrid picking technique, English guitarist Albert Lee is often referred to within the music industry as the "guitar player's guitar player," renowned for his work across several genres of music and for the respect that he has garnered from other industry giants.

GEORGE HAMILTON IV -

AMBASSADOR OF COUNTRY MUSIC

(Paul Davis)

 

George Hamilton IV is recognized all round the world for his live and TV appearances over many years in show business. This is the story of his life - from his childhood in North Carolina to his legendary reputation as an international performer.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE COUNTRY

(Peter Doggett)

 

Country Rock, as played by the Byrds, The Eagles and The Flying Burrito Brothers, was the dominant style in American music during the 1970s. However, the artistically fertile relationship between rock and country music has - since their first encounter in the 1950s - been uneasy and often explosive.

 

WHAT ABOUT US? -

A ROCKLOPAEDIA OF BRITAIN'S OTHER RECORDING GROUPS 1962-1966

(Bruce Welsh)

 

A new insight into the 1960s British recording groups, trios and duos that helped to shape the sounds of the sixties and although the vast majority of these groups never set foot on North American shores, they were very much a part of what came to be known as The British Invasion.

WHAT'S THAT SOUND? -

A ROCKLOPAEDIA OF BRITAIN'S OTHER RECORDING GROUPS 1967 - 1969

(Bruce Welsh)

 

 

 ** COMING SOON **

 

PUBLISH DATE - TBC

AMERICAN ROCK 'N' ROLL - THE UK TOURS 1956-72

(IAN WALLIS)

 

Ian Wallis is a lifelong rock 'n' roll enthusiast and has been writing about the music he loves for over 20 years. There is no more fervent supporter of live music, and he has travelled countless thousands of miles in pursuit of 'the greatest music in the world'.This is the first serious attempt to chronicle every visit to the UK by American (and Canadian!) rock 'n' roll artists, and includes full tour itineraries, support acts, show reports, TV appearances and a wealth of other information. The author's painstaking research is augmented with illustrations of dozens of original programmes, tickets, vintage ads and atmospheric live shots - many of them rare or previously unpublished - to provide a complete picture of this exciting and fascinating era.

MORE AMERICAN ROCK 'N' ROLL - THE UK TOURS 1973-84

(IAN WALLIS)

 

Ian Wallis is a writer and promoter of authentic rock'n'roll music. His previous book, "American Rock'n'Roll: The UK Tours 1956-72", was published by Music Mentor Books in 2003, since when it has become universally accepted as the first serious study of live rock'n'roll music in Britain. Now at last, "More American Rock'n'Roll: The UK Tours 1973-84" is here to continue the story and, as with the first volume, is crammed full of information about every American or Canadian rock'n'roller who visited Britain during that period. Each tour is examined in detail, with data culled from contemporary reports and eyewitness accounts. Extensive research ensures a high level of accuracy and there is a mouth-watering array of rare and unpublished photographs, show programmes, adverts, flyers and tickets to fully reflect the flavour of the time. If you love rock'n'roll, you will wish to relive memories of all those nights spent in hot, sweaty clubs amongst the honking saxes, pounding pianos and twanging guitars. It is 'the greatest music in the world' and all those wonderful memories can be found again within these pages.