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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (11 Aug. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1506088031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1506088037
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
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About the Author

Mike Wade is also an Old Rock’n’Roller from Southend. He played drums in a number of local bands, ending up in Wolfe, who recorded an album and singles for Motown, before spending several years as a session drummer and singer. In this guise he appeared on hundreds of tracks - almost all unheard, made many advertising jingles - all long forgotten, and played live at the country’s major venues, right up to several appearances at the Albert Hall - although nobody noticed, other than his mum. Music and photography are his passions, (he took the pictures for the sleeve of Mickey’s Living Legend album), although advertising has been his “real job” since he reluctantly accepted that music was not to be what he did for a living. While he has started writing many books in the past, this is the first full-length one he has actually completed (or at least if you are reading this, it will be). As someone who participated in more or less the same musical era as Mickey - performing in many of the same places around the same time - he has always thought that it would be worthwhile for someone to chronicle the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the legend of Mickey Jupp. Since first seeing Mickey lead The Orioles at the Cricketers in the sixties he has been an avid fan of the great man, owning every record he ever released and one or two he didn’t, so writing this book has been a labour of love; an opportunity to set down in one place the remarkable story of this important musician’s extraordinary talent.


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An excellent, enjoyable and informative read !!
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"Hole in my pocket" is a terrific book. Mike Wade is a self-confessed Juppy fan but he ensures that this biography avoids the usual trap (i.e. The truth, the whole truth and nothing like the truth.) Instead Mike painstakingly reveals what we old friends and fellow musicians have always known; that Mickey Jupp is his own worst enemy.
The two main threads; Juppy's undoubted talent and his destructive insecurities are the constants in this book. Most musicians would be pleased to be an excellent singer, a fantastic pianist, a marvellous guitarist, or a wonderful songwriter. Juppy is all four, but his woeful lack of self-confidence and inability to understand how he has sometimes annoyed and wounded his oldest friends are explained by Mike Wade, and illustrated by dozens of first-hand quotes from people who have worked closely with Juppy. I first worked with Mickey Jupp in 1963 and have been in several bands with him over the years, the best known being Legend. Juppy can be very charming, funny and friendly but his desire for absolute perfection, on his own terms, has often over-ridden very good advice from well-meaning friends and industry experts. He could have, and should have, been a big name, but would never, ever compromise. He is indeed one of my oldest friends and I was pleased to be a part of the Legend reunion in 2012, but it was no picnic. No set lists, no idea of what was coming next and not even a hint of the key for the next song. Without Mo Witham those gigs would have been even more fraught. Mo and Chris East have both been staunch allies for Mickey Jupp over the years, and all of this and more is described in "Hole in my pocket." Buy it now and buy another copy for a friend, who may never have heard of Mickey Jupp. Please spread the word about Mike's book. You won't regret it.
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I must admit that as a great fan of the subject of this biography and a great fan of the author of this book, for me the ‘Hole in my Pocket’ combination could not fail.
My formative years found me ardently studying every recorded Shadows twiddle and eagerly awaiting the next Benny Hill release! I never noticed singers – their sole purpose in performance seemed merely to offer the instrumentalists a bit of a break. I never noticed singers until……one day I witnessed Mickey Jupp. Yeah I noticed him all right - at the Cricketers with his band every week. It was he who introduced me to blues singing and excited me with his voice, his tone, his phrasing. I gave Hank and Benny the heave-ho and turned my attention to the Orioles’ set. For me, Mickey’s versions of rock ‘n roll songs were the way they should’ve been sung. When I eventually got to hear the originals, I was constantly disappointed. How come Chuck Berry always left out the Ashby-de-la-Zouch verse?
So I grew up trying to sing like Mickey Jupp – trying to mimic him and as I became involved in the Southend music scene myself, I met people who knew him and played with him and I wanted to know the man like they did - to understand him. So I was always asking questions - after all, more information might help me sound more like him!
All I got though was snippets. He seemed to have a sense of humour – his witty lyrics told me that much - he didn’t seem to be too egotistical but he did want things done ‘his way’ etc etc. A complex character emerged – a character I’d like to have known better. You always want to know your heroes better don’t you? Find out what they’re really like.
Well I never did find out. That is until last Friday, when I began reading ‘Hole in my Pocket’.
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If you are a Mickey Jupp fan then this book is essential; it provides a detailed and entertaining view of the great man's life and career written by someone who knows his subject personally. This is a man who (among many other things) was asked to join Rockpile, had writing sessions with Ry Cooder, got a co-write credit with Leiber & Stoller, was admired by Wilko, Nick Lowe, Francis Rossi and Paul Weller among many others and wrote million sellers for other artists. It is the story of an extrordinary songwriter and musician and it's not over yet. However, if you are interested in the Southend R&B / London pub rock scene in any way then this book is also essential. If you want to know how the record business really works and understand the realities of life as a working songwriter & musician (albeit a super-talented one) then this book is essential for you too.

This book takes you on a trip from Worthing to the Lake District via Southend, Bath, Nashville and many other destinations. It is a highly entertaining read about a major talent and complex character. All profits go to Mickey so buy at least two and spread the word!
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An essential book for the shelf to either read and enjoy as a warts and all essay into some of the thought processes of the music biz (sic) or an historical thesis on the Southend / Canvey Island effect on what would be known as pubrock. The really impressive thing about this book is that you don't have to know the artist to enjoy it! This really should be lecture 101 for all potential or budding songwriters as it will help them decide if they want a career based on fame/happiness/sold soul/product etc
The double whammy is that if you are a fan you'll replay all your Mickey recordings again and again, or if you dabble you'll be tempted to trawl through the Internet to find the tracks that have grabbed your interest merely by reading about them. Mike Wade as done a tremendous job here and strangely enough this might be the most commercially successful project that Mickey Jupp has ever been involved in, which isn't to belittle Mickey Jupp's talent (that speaks for itself), it just underlines the strength of the writing. I just hope it gets noticed.
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