As a Wishbone Ash fan of 30 years plus, being a supporter of WA & MTWA in all their formations over the years, and already owning the "Blowin Free" book by Gary Carter and Mark Chatterton, I did wonder how much new information this book was going to contain, whether it would be worth the £18 I paid for it from the MTWA merchandise stall, and whether it was just going to be ranting about Andy Powell in a "poor me" sort of way (blimey that was some introductory sentence, sorry!).
Well the book gets a huge thumbs up from me on all counts.
Sure, some of the content is presented very much from Martin's point of view, and on occasions you think well there is probably another side to the story, but in general he deals with matters fairly giving credit where it is due and certainly does not bash Andy throughout. In fact it is clear that through all the ups and downs that Martin has had a great attitude and just got on with things. Perhaps Andy will write his own account one day, but for the moment you can't help but see Martin's point of view on the acrimonious matters.
I feel sorry for anyone who refuses to buy or read the book as a matter of principle, as there would still be plenty for any WA fan to enjoy. The vast majority of the book is a very interesting account of the first 10 years which were undoubtedly the band's most successful.