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on 8 September 2012
A word of caution- only buy this book if you can spare quite a few hours as there's no way you'll be able to put it down until you've completed it!

An hilarious account of Gordy's experiences on the road as additional drummer with top British band The Moody Blues. All of the trials and tribulations are recounted in Gordy's unique and inimitable style, from the tedium of never ending tour buses, private jets and hotel check-ins, to the unexpected encounters with A-list fans and moguls, all whilst busily trying to keep down a steady stream of appopintments with top West End musicals.

For those of us that followed them across parts of the US, UK and Amsterdam tour of 2010, to get the perspective 'from the other side' is a rare treat, and, the flashbacks to other key moments in his career with the band show why he is held in so high regard by the fans.

With a fantastic Foreword by co-skins-thumper and original member of The Moody Blues, Graeme Edge, this book should be high on the list for anyone remotely interested in rock-n'roll. On a score of 1 to 10, this one goes up to 11.

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on 3 July 2013
Fabulous read. I couldn't stop reading due to the wonderful 'journey' I was able to travel through the eyes of band member and actually be a part of in concerts. An honest look into 'life on the road'. Bravo, Gordon!
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on 10 August 2013
This was such a fun read. Don't make the mistake of thinking it is about the Moody Blues - it isn't. It's what it says on the cover, and from a very down to earth perspective. Very easy to read - only wish it had been longer.
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on 14 January 2015
As has already been said, this is a series of anecdotes about various cities in the USA and UK that could have been written by any travelling businessman, holiday maker etc. The 'Rock and Roll' aspect is a mere side show..
There is also a deep lack of critique. Every concert is wonderful, all the audiences are tremendous. There is no insight as to how the group approach the challenges of playing different venues, difficult acoustics etc. Does the running order ever change, is there ever any spontaneity allowed? As for any possible friction between any members of the band/road crew etc. - well obviously they are all one big happy family all the time.
The biggest unanswered question of course is - why is a second drummer needed at all?
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on 21 January 2015
Speaking as an aging rock singer who performs one concert a year in her Tuscan garden, Gordy's book was a wonderful read. It brought the dream alive for me as I followed him and the Moody Blues on tour to fantastic locations and stages around the world. A brilliant read.
June Finnigan - writer
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on 20 February 2015
A world away from self-indulgent memoirs, the friendly and intelligent Gordy Marshall recounts some of his touring experiences with The Moody Blues with self-deprecating humour and, above all, a talent for writing which makes it a pleasure to read. It provides some insights into the effects of touring and gives you a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the world’s most successful and long-lasting rock bands.
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on 25 February 2015
Sadly a distinct lack of music related content..... a full world tour with a legendary band and we don't even get to know the set list! A pleasant book which reads more like a series of trip advisor reviews of hotels and cities. As a musician myself I was a tad disappointed.
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on 26 March 2013
Very good book. I have seen the Moody Blues live 7 times. So I was looking forward to this book. Not much at all is mentioned about the band members, but this is a very witty and interesting book on a drummers times in USA and UK. He visits places of interest in all the stops the Moodies make. He loves his food, so you find about what he eats in different states of USA. Jazz clubs and Museums he visits. I am seeing Moodies again in June, so will look out for him on the stage in Nottingham. Buy it and enjoy.
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on 9 August 2013
As the 'second drummer' for the Moody Blues, Gordy Marshall is well known for his illustrious musical talent and career that spans over several decades. 'Writer/author' should now be added to his list of accomplishments.

Each chapter of this book gives the reader a snapshot view of life on the road while touring with a world class band, The Moody Blues. I rarely laugh out loud while reading most books but I simply couldn't stop with this one.

However without giving too much away, it's important to note that this is certainly not just a light-hearted book. There are many thought provoking 'moment to pause' passages as well.

Gordy Marshall's writing style is reminiscent of Bill Bryson and Garrison Keillor. But make no mistake, Gordy offers his own unique and special way of sharing his road warrior tales with the reader.

I highly recommend this book!

[ASIN:B0094MHW6K Postcards From a Rock & Roll Tour]
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on 11 February 2014
Being invited into one of the world's all-time great rock groups would be many people's dream; it would be mine, certainly. And when that invitee decides to tell his story it should be expected that some crazy, funny, down-to-earth insights should be revealed. And so it was here. Gordy Marshall, second drummer with the Moody Blues for the last ten years, could be expected to open the door for fans on a hidden world. Yes? Well, partly. This is so because, I feel, other members of the group had the final say. Consequently, hardly any of them appear any more than fleetingly. Nevertheless, this is certainly worth reading, perhaps if only to confirm some prejudices. Don't expect a literary masterpiece though. That would be expecting too much. Do expect a light, gently humerous take on touring with one of the world's greatest and longest-lasting rock bands, the Moody Blues.
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