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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL AND FASCINATING BOOK FOR MUSIC LOVERS AND TWICKENHAM PEOPLE!, 3 Nov. 2009
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Dave (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a lovely book - both content-wise and as an item of record with photographs etc. I've lived in Twickenham for many years now, love the place and am a massive music fan as well as a lover of local history so this book is perfect for me on all counts. Everyone in Twickenham knows about the Island Hotel and the stories of those who played there but until now it's all been anecdotal; this book finally pulls the whole story together in one beatifully designed place - well, as much of it as they could fit in the book! It's obviously been a labour of love, with all the photos, ticket stubs and original gig contracts scanned and included. It's very much a lively mix of images and text, written by people who are on the spot, have been for years and know their subjects well. It's a million miles away from the 'cuttings jobs' that fill the world of music books. The photos aren't all of musicians either - there are some stunning recent ones of the Island and the life - wild and otherwise - on it.

The music history in the book and that of the legendary Hotel is of course hugely engaging for a music fan but the general history of the Island that tops and tails it is equally readable and enjoyable. I just sat down with a couple of beers and devoured the whole thing in one sitting. While sitting outside a Twickenham riverside pub that faces the Island, near the plaque that remembers all the stars that played there.

The Island is a unique place that, in places, time has forgotten, with its own quirky, off-the-wall 'vibe' and it's all here. Essential for anyone who loves music and wants to read the story of a sometimes overlooked corner of the UK music scene in the '50s and '60s but also for anyone living in or near Twickenham, as it's an information-packed historical record of the Island we all love and which helps make Twickenham the special town it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eel Pie Island memories, 5 Jan. 2010
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I love this book and it also solved present problems for several people. To my suprise it was not only loved by people like me who had gone to the island in the 60's and have grown up with the music and musicians of that time. But my son and his friends equally interested in the music and history of the island. Twickenham remains a music oasis and catalyst for up and coming musicians. This book is a reminder and explanation of why so much has been generated from the area and why now parent/grandparents of the Eelpie generation encourage and support music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating well produced book, 22 Aug. 2010
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Anyone who is interested in Brtish music and quirky venues(and lots more) should read this.
A very nostalic read for me in particular as I saw Free on Eel Pie Island in the late sixties.
I was there with 3 friends and the unknown support band (who we all thought were dreadful and would go nowhere) was Genesis!
How wrong can you be!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Jazz fans, 22 May 2014
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A gift for an avid trad jazz fan who remembers its heyday in the UK. Its an interesting book too even if jazz is not really your particular thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eel Pie Island, 14 Mar. 2013
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This book seems to be a true record and brings back memories of when I played in a band on the Island.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The History of Eel Pie Island, 16 July 2011
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Margaret Butler "'dance mad'" (Ascot, UK) - See all my reviews
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A "Must" buy for anyone who remembers this 50's and 60's music venue. It gives a comprehensive and informative view of the island and makes a great read. I certainly would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Eeel Pie Island, 11 Oct. 2014
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Dolly (Bideford, Devon) - See all my reviews
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This was a gift for my husband as he used to go their when he was younger and he has enjoyed reading this book very much and it has brought back good memories of when he was younger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars eel pie island --book, 19 Aug. 2011
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superb book ; but no mention of Arthur's oppo Chas; responsible for sound--electrics. and always on door with Arthur;day job- sound technology research at NPL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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Well received
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