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Magical Highs - Alvin Lee & Me

Magical Highs - Alvin Lee & Me - Loraine Burgon
(ISBN-13 978-1739204976)

Magical Highs is a love story of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll.

Loraine Burgon and Alvin Lee were childhood sweethearts, sharing the thrills and spills as Alvin and Ten Years After enjoyed major international success between 1967 and 1974.

Loraine had a ringside seat as Alvin's group The Jaybirds became local heroes in their home town of Nottingham. Together they moved to London where the group became TYA and Alvin was recognized as a leading rock guitarist, alongside Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

Loraine was alongside Alvin as Ten Years After enjoyed success of the UK, Europe and, finally, the USA where the group toured 28 times. In 1969 she watched from the side of the stage as TYA played a starring role in the legendary Woodstock Festival.

In the meantime, Loraine oversaw the lifestyle changes as she and Alvin moved from a tiny London flat to a vast country mansion, befriending other rock stars and enjoying mind-expanding drugs.

When it all became too much, the relationship fell apart.

If you've ever wondered what it's really like to be the partner of a rock superstar, Magical Highs is the book for you.

Illustrated with previously unseen photographs from Loraine's private collection

The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom - Tim Hills

The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom - Tim Hills
(ASIN : B0006QMS6W)

The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom by Tim Hills. Includes historic photos.

The Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon enjoys national recognition for a reason. No local venue, and indeed few in the nation, can challenge this elegant ballroom’s 90 years as a premier place to hear live music, dance and have memorable experiences.

The hall has seen countless first loves unfold, police raids, visits by silent screen idols and Beat poets, Psychedelic Light Shows, narrow escapes from fire, demolition, and neglect, and a listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, it is a vital, thriving McMenamins owned and operated live music palace that hosts everything from rock ’n’ roll and country, to hip-hop and big band swing.

Memoirs of Damage & Vom (Misadventures in Doctor and the Medics)

Memoirs of Damage & Vom (Misadventures in Doctor and the Medics) - Richard Searle (ISBN-13 : 978-1291909401)

Psych-punk-glam band, Doctor and The Medics, reached Number One with Spirit In The Sky in 1986, share that madness with the rhythm section, Dickie Damage and Mr Vom.

Unabridged, unabashed and unofficial, this heady 'how to (and how not to) succeed in the music industry' journal, details the chaotic, hallucinogenic, boozed-up, bawdy behaviour that defined a decade of fun, fame and the blatantly daft antics of two mischievous friends.

Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock

Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock - Peter Roller
(ISBN-13 : 978-1609496258)

Milwaukee hasn't earned a reputation as a launching pad for hopeful rock stars, but for generations it has had the perfect acoustics for the garage band rock scene. Of course, the whole point of garage rock is that every place has the perfect acoustics, but just try telling that to the folks who heard Blitzkrieg Over Kenosha" for the first time.

With dual citizenship in the research library and the basement show, Peter Roller follows Milwaukee's garage rockers everywhere they haul their amps, observing bands like the Stilettos, the Angry Daisies, the Palmettos, the Chevelles and the Violent Femmes in their natural habitat."

Mouse and Kelley - Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley

Mouse and Kelley - Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley
(ISBN-13 : 978-0905895307)

Rock Art of Mouse and Kelley, essential reading for any 60's Poster Collector.

Mr Nice - Howard Marks

Mr Nice - Howard Marks (ISBN-13 : 978-0749395698)

During the mid 1980s Howard Marks had forty three aliases, eighty nine phone lines and owned twenty five companies throughout the world.

At the height of his career he was smuggling consignments of up to thirty tons of marijuanna, and had contact with organisations as diverse as MI6, the CIA, the IRA and the Mafia. Following a worldwide operation by the Drug Enforcement Agency, he was busted and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison at the Terre Haute Penitentiary, Indiana. He was released in April 1995 after serving seven years of his sentence. Told with humour, charm and candour, Mr Nice is his own extraordinary story.

A must read, as is the movie !!