A little carousel of music memories
This a book of personal music anecdotes totally from a punters point of view and not necessarily looking at the gigs themselves. It is an amusing journey from the 70’s to today with stories of the journey to the gig and the resultant visual experience. It is extremely amusing where Peter’s highlight appears to be is multi visits to see the Blackheart Orchestra, namely Rick Pilkington and Chrissy Mostyn. His travel’s take him from his hometown of Rotherham to Sheffield, Nottingham, York, Huddersfield, Leeds, Hull and …………. Howden. The latter where he saw one third of ELP, Carl Palmer. Well I hope Peter, a staunch Classic Rock Society member of those early days, caught Carl on his appearances at Rotherham too. Peter does include CRS visits by the 21st Century Schizoid Band back in 2002 where while wanting to applaud put his pint in a large pocket within his leather jacket. The resultant embarrassment of beer wastage has to be read about.
At the end of each chapter Peter adds a section called ‘why did I bother writing it down’ and anyone that has witnessed a performance by John Otway solo or with Wild Willy Barrett might say no explanation necessary. It is an entertaining chapter, one of many others including stories from the stage by The Strawbs’ Dave Cousins and the recent visit to Sheffield by Adam Wakeman and Damian Wilson. There’s also mention of that special CRS acoustic night where Damian performed prior to members of Mostly Autumn. He hit a bum note on this evening but you would have to read the book!
Further stories of the times Peter saw Elkie Brooks, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard and many more are included in this short book with large font for the older out there with declining vision, me being one. Icing on the cake is that the profits will be going to Rotherham Hospice.