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No Easy Road: My Life and Times with Wishbone Ash and Beyond [Paperback]

Martin Turner , Gary Carter
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Dirty Dog Books (30 April 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 095724780X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957247802
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a recommended read for all Wishbone Ash fans 19 Jan 2013
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Affair 11 Aug 2012
This is a must-read book for all true fans of this great British band, the guys who basically invented (and perfected) the twin guitar hamony sound. Over 40 years the band has undergone many line-up changes & there are now two working versions of the band both featuring a single original member. Wishbone Ash is fronted by legendary Flying V man Andy Powell, while founding bassist Martin Turner leads a version which specialises in the group's most popular period, the 70s & 80s.

The book is written in a conversational style & impresses with its account of the early years when the band seemed ready to rival Zeppelin, Purple, Yes & ELP in mass popularity. It is less good at explaining how the Ash missed that particular boat & instead descended into acrimonious break-ups and factions within its now cult fan base. Doubtless Andy Powell, Ted Turner, Steve Upton & Laurie Wisefield might have told the story very differently.

Bear that in mind & then the book is well worth a read. Historically this is a very important band & deserves its stories to be told. And,by the way, buy Argus if you don't already own it. Unquestionably that record tells you the whole truth about what a great band Wishbone Ash was and still is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars thanks Martin! 14 Jun 2014
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I've been working my way through all the rocker autobiogs - Keef, Ronnie, Neil, Pete et al - and it's refreshing to read No Easy Road - one of the most down to earth, self-effacing and relaxed reads of the lot. While it would be great to see some kind of real resolution with AP, it's significant that all the previous members of WA have remained friends with Martin... thanks for taking me back to the days when I studied Andy and Ted's lines like a new religion, and did my best to sing your songs in my early bands... Ewan - Brisbane Australia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Avery good read 27 Aug 2013
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insight into the life and times of a very influencial bass player. a must read for
any up and coming star seekers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Martin Turner - the consummate professional. 3 Aug 2012
Having heard Wishbone Ash in the early 70s, my twin brother Paul and I have been ardent fans ever since and have seen the band, in various incarnations, on literally dozens of occasions.
We were always huge Martin Turner (MT) fans and felt that he was very much the driving force behind the band and the catalyst for their unique sound and music. It was therefore with much horror that we received the newsletter from the Fan Club in autumn 1980, stating that MT had quit to "pursue his recording career interests". Even at our tender age of 22 we smelt a rat and suspected band politics had come to bear. We thought that would be the end of the band as we always felt that MT was the voice and sound of WA, and thus followed the Wilderness Years, with a selection of journeymen drafted in to fill the gaps and enable the good ship Wishbone to limp along at half ahead. But wait, it's 1987 and the original line-up are back together! How can this be? An instrumental album, followed by 2 more albums, this is too good to be true! Oh, hang on, Steve Upton's gone, then MT and then Ted Turner. My brother and I both said how it would be great if MT would one day write a book on all this to clarify what really happened; well folks, here it is. So where do I start? This is obviously going to appeal primarily to WA fans, rather than perhaps the more global appeal of "One Train Later" by Andy Summers, or "Life" by Keith Richards. However, I have read the latter 2 books and have to say that I enjoyed this book far more. I read it over a weekend (couldn't put it down) as it is a very engaging and enjoyable read. The thing I enjoyed most was MT's candid honesty, his respect and appreciation of his fellow musicians and overall, his passion for what he does.
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