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The Boys of Summer [Kindle Edition]

Dave Bartram
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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Book Description

During the decade that spanned the 1970's, teddy-boy draped rock & roll band SHOWADDYWADDY had a run of chart success unparalled by any other artist or band.

In 2005 they were still touring, but by then the heady days of teeny-bop hysteria were long gone. Offered a summer run of 33 holiday camp dates, the band took the fast buck and subsequently entered into uncharted territory.

From experiencing 'life in the fast lane,' they were about to undergo 'a breakdown on the hard-shoulder.'

In this bitter-sweet account Lead Singer (and later manager) Dave Bartram candidly recollects the extraordinary occurrences of 10 weeks in the UK's bucket & spade resorts, which strained every emotion to breaking point!

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 579 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Fantom Publishing (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,707 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait 28 Feb. 2013
It took a while for this book to reach the shelves but it was well worth the wait.

A story of 6 band members touring the country in 2005 in their mini bus, from Scotland to the south cost, and all the trials and tribulations that come with spending hours on the road only to arrive at ill equipped venues and be greeted by grumpy holiday park managers. (Although there were some good venues and nice people along the way).

An excellent read in which Dave recalls tales of close relationships with band members and road crews and members of the public.

Poor old Trev takes a bit of stick, but it's all in good humour and Dave is doing no more than recalling banter with the boys.

For anyone in a band, whether professional, a semi-professional on the club circuit, or a local covers band, you will be able to relate to many of the tales in these pages - well worth a read.

Later in 2013, Dave is releasing a new book which is more of a career-spanning story of the band, starting with their rise to fame and their 70s and 80s heyday when the band were never off TV or the radio. Now that will be interesting!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best rock books ever 14 Sept. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm not a Showaddywaddy fan,don't own any of their music, but I don't know why,I always thought their lead singer, the author of this book, would be an interesting character, and I've been proved right. This is a fantastic read told in a wonderful style by Dave Bartram, who details the ups and very many downs of a tour of Britain's holiday camps.It may be a cliche, but this is an emotional rollercoaster of a book, it'll make you laugh and shed a tear often within the same page. I can't recommend this book highly enough, and it's now up there with Ian Hunter's 'Diary of a Rock and Roll Star' as my favourite ever book about the music business.I've read that Dave's next tome will be about his entire time with Showaddywaddy, and I'll be first in line to buy that.This is a tale that only someone with years of experiences could tell, and I for one, am glad he decided to tell it!Fantastic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Elaine
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I used to go to a lot of gigs in the 1990s and it gave me an insight into the group. I also knew Trevor too. I took the stories as being written tongue in cheek regarding other band members, and the book was written in a humorous way, when recounting a horrendous tour. I also managed accommodation at a couple of the caravan parks mentioned and can sympathise with where Dave is comming from, although if I had had the opportunity they would have been placed somewhere luxurious, unless... I had had a bad day!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Summertime Blues 28 May 2013
By Colin
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fantastic. A product that I can at last get my hands on and I dont have to sit quietly and turn pages. Yes folks its the Audio CD version of Showaddywaddy's Rock and Roll Nightmare Story of doing the caravan park tour of Britain. If like me it takes you ages to read a book this is a much better way to read one. Have it read to you by the author. If you havnt got time to sit with a brew and read a book you can go about your daily business and wherever you have a player (car/kitchen/other rooms/office etc) and get the lowdown on the Waddys experiences of The Caravan Park Tour. I wont spoil the story only to say its well worth the £13.34 (which I Paid)(RRP £13.99) to get the truth about what its like for an established artist to do a summer of 33 holiday camp dates. Written & Read By Author (and then lead singer - now Manager of Showaddywaddy) Dave Bartram. 240 Minutes on 3 Discs (Also includes Bonus Interview - like a DVD extra). FIVE STARS for a FIVE STAR TALE. Enjoy! ps im glad Summertime Blues (original name for the book) never surfaced as it probably woulnt have been available on Audio Disc, which as ive said is much better for me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. 25 May 2013
By Lisa
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an abridged version to the book so I would highly recommend getting both as there are some hillarious stories in the book that aren't in the audio.

Dave writes and narrates this audio and its very funny.

Very much looking forward to Daves future books of which I hope there will be many more as his style of writing is brilliant. Both very honest and very funny.

How he was able to narrate this audio with a straight face is beyond me as its had me in stitches!

The paperback with the extra chapter in is also more than worth buying. Literally had me crying with laughter. Cannot wait for Daves next book and many more after that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ, COULDENT PUT IT DOWN!!! 19 Mar. 2013
A great book that tells it like it is/was. Showaddywaddy are a british institution and this book will make you laugh out loud and cry the next page. Cant wait for his next one!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 27 Jan. 2013
After waiting ages to purchase and read this book, I was glad when it came out. The whole book was brillant. Well worth reading several times. Well worth the money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One for the fans. 17 Feb. 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
On the whole I really enjoyed this book. I agree with the previous reviewer in so much as some of the language used is unnecessarily complicated and on occasion I was reaching for the thesaurus.
I found the narratives charming and witty. However, on one occasion when a certain guitarist's numerous lady friends and love of "Pierre" were referred to; it brought back some unpleasant memories.
It's obvious though that Dave has a great affection for his former colleagues and crew and any fan that has followed the lads from Lands End to John O'Groats, as I did in my youth, is sure to just love it.
Well done on a great first book and I look forward to the next one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good book
Published 27 days ago by christopherwilliammufford
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a brilliant first book by Mr Dave Bartram
This is a brilliant first book by Mr Dave Bartram, all about life on the road with the fantastic group Showaddywaddy, i really look forward to more along the same lines, i`m... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Heenan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book can't wait for next one
Published 3 months ago by steph gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Dave,s book so much I,m reading it again . I can hardly wait for...
For a fan of showaddywaddy this is a great book to read .Dave bartram a fantastic singer, now a writer.
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great gift
Published 3 months ago by Alamazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by stephen127
5.0 out of 5 stars very good first time book
i enjoyed read the boys of summer, once i started read it i could not put the book down.
it is a very good book to read when waiting for a train.
Published 4 months ago by adrian randall
5.0 out of 5 stars well written great memory, look forward to daves book on the ...
being a musician /singer i have been
in some of the holiday camps dave and the boys have been in
and experinced some of what he was talking about,
well written great... Read more
Published 4 months ago by william gillies
4.0 out of 5 stars Mainly for fans
as a fan of the group, I eagerly awaited the book, some bits funny, some sad and in a couple of places cruel.
But on the whole a good read for fans of life on the road.
Published 5 months ago by Lin
5.0 out of 5 stars the book was for my wife who is a great fan of dave bartram when he...
the book was for my wife who is a great fan of dave bartram when he was a lead singer with showwaddywaddy she cant wait for his next book
Published 5 months ago by j howarth
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