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5.0 out of 5 stars All right now, this is a comprehensive and very readable account of Britain's best ever blues-rock band, 7 Sep 2008
This review is from: Heavy Load: The Story of Free (Hardcover)
I must say at the outset, for those, perhaps band fans, who don't want to read a lengthy review before buying, that this book is a comprehensive and very readable account from start to finish of what I consider to be the best ever British blues-rock band.

Because of that opinion and being a Geordie from Newcastle Upon Tyne, where the band were a immensely popular and a huge crowd-puller in their early days whilst still relatively unknown outside of North East England, even in London where their fee was still 20% of what they could get up here, I may be a tad biased. Nevertheless I can say that, if you like Free, you will be enthralled, whilst if you just like rock music books about individual bands you will have a damned good read.

Firstly, there's a chapter on each band member, starting with their childhood then it's history time through anything earlier than Free, Free itself (obviously the vast majority of the book) then what the members did after that.

Occasional contributions from fans and roadies add to the story but, to be honest, get a bit boring after reading a few, as there are perhaps too few actual contributors with too many stories.

A comprehensive list of gigs certainly checked out with my memory of the Newcastle ones.

The book concludes with a discography which, whilst helpful to all but the most die-hard fan, unfortunately only covers UK and US releases, being a sort of combination of the two.

David Clayton and Todd Smith have indeed done a good job.

Criticism elsewhere of the poor quality of the paper used in the book is, whilst understandable (the paper is on the thin side but I've seen worse and you can't see through it whilst actually reading it), not a major issue. My main fault in that direction is that, as a hard-back at 25GBP, it's one of those cheaply bound, shiny-cover jobs without a dust jacket.

Fire and Water (Deluxe Edition) (2CD)
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