The book is 286 pages rendered in my usual format, namely every song
discussed, one chapter per album, with dual
tipped-in sections of colour photography, but also with black-and-white
imagery lovingly marbled throughout. You’ve all
been very kind in making my recent books like this on Angel, Mercyful Fate,
Maiden and Priest sell good, so this one is
very much a style match to those, with lots of detail and trivia nugget-mining
not found amongst the almost non-existent
material out there on Sweet.
As the back cover sez…
“Everybody wants a piece of the action!”
They were the heaviest of the gender-bending glam bands in Britain in the
‘70s, with smash hit after smash hit and a
stronghold in Germany of all places.
Soon Sweet—Brian Connolly, Andy Scott, Steve Priest and Mick Tucker—would
extricate themselves from their producer
puppeteers and make a clutch of classic heavy metal albums still revered
Desolation Boulevard, Sweet Fanny Adams, Give Us a Wink and Off the Record…
these records formed the core before
disaster struck, with lead singer Connolly falling prey to the demon drink and
dying from it slowly over the following
20 years. Mick and Steve are now gone too, with Andy Scott being the last man
standing from the UK institution that
brought us “Ballroom Blitz,” “Action” and “Fox on the Run.”
Come hear the band’s singular and bizarre start as pop tarts, their middle
with one of rock’s most revered drummers in
Mick, and how it all went wrong in a blizzard of booze, cocaine and busted
relationships. But also, in the spirit of the
book’s User Manual subtitle, come explore the band’s plethora of singles,
non-LP B-sides, hard rock album classics and
otherwise weirdly released songs as Martin plays DJ for you, taking you to
every corner of the band’s crunchy catalogue
blessed by the most angelic harmonies ever committed to virgin vinyl.
Price including shipping (sorry for the overseas sticker shock, but mailing
rates just went way up):
Book will be signed to you from me, so let me know if it is a present for
someone else, or you don’t want it signed.
Also available as an eBook for $9.99 here
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