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Popcorn to Rock 'n' Roll: Book One of Trilogy Life and Death of a Pirate Paperback – 1 Jan 2016
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Fascinating biographical history written as a novel - surprising, sometimes shocking and often funny. Reg Calvert is a dreamer, impulsive and determined to succeed. At 18. Reg falls in love with Dorothy and marries with little thought of the consequences. Too soon he is trapped by marriage and children but he needs Dorothy as his anchor. When Reg first hears Bill Haley's, 'Rock Around the Clock,' he has a dream to bring Rock 'n' Roll to England. Reg is like the Pied Piper as young musicians and singers give up their jobs to follow him as he ceates a new way of providing entertainment for teenagers. An extraordinary story of success and failure 1946 - 1960, as it follows 1950's music trends. Behind the scenes, life is exciting but the reality of being a 'star' is far from glamorous! BOOK II - CLIFTON HALL - The School of Rock 'n' Roll to be published winter 2014/5. Many musicians and singers including the Beatles and Screaming Lord Sutch, visit or stay at Clifton Hall. It is a tumultuous time with much fun, laughter and heartbreak. BOOK III - LIFE AND DEATH OF A PIRATE - to be published 2015. 1963 - 1967. Reg Calvert has a new dream, to run his own pirate radio station. Dorothy is against him as he sells Clifton Hall to finance it. By 1966 he has made Radio City a success and then pays for it with his life! The story of pirate radio, intrigue and murder.
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But I needn’t have worried because this book is an absolutely fascinating read that really brings the past to life. There is not a shred of sentimentality in the writing. It is straight down the line, pulls no punches, and tells the story as it was. Really refreshing.
I recommend this book as a genuine ‘can’t put it down’ read and am looking forward to Book 2.