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What Is a Wommett: The Autobiography of Mick Abrahams Hardcover – 7 Nov 2008
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WHAT IS A WOMMETT - THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MICK ABRAHAMS When you get to the age of 65, it's a landmark time for reflection... Ex-Jethro Tull, Blodwyn Pig and, well, Mick Abrahams Band guitarist, Mick has decided it's time for his. He may not be on the list alongside Messrs Clapton, Page, Hendrix et al...but, hey, has he lived. But not as you would imagine. The overwhelming adjective that this book inspires is the word NORMALITY. Not that being a rock star on the fringes of the Premiership is normal, but the character of the man is so downright down to earth you're left with the feeling, yes, that could easily have been me if... What do we learn? He was adopted. Bullied at school. A bit of a corporal punishment magnet. Joined the Territorial Army. Did judo and shooting and developed a keen blues rock style of guitar that led him into the heady 60s rock scene and beyond as a respected figure. There are the anecdotes, such as he and Zeppelin drummer John Bonham wrapping a record company exec from head to toe in sticky tape and leaving him dumped in the middle of a traffic island...countless joyful and poignant memories of eventful gigs, colourful characters and Tull supremo Ian Anderson for whom Mick, although eased out of the band just as they were about to conquer the world, has nothing but respect and considers a true friend. It's obvious this book is written without the help of a ghost writer as you feel the man's presence in every word. It's an honest tale of amazing times from an honest man - and one with whom you would love to share a drink at the bar (as long as you could last the pace!). Mick comes through as the guy next door (he even abandoned music for a while to clean windows only to be lured back after rediscovering his love for music after dusting down his guitar in the attic years later) and is as self-deprecating and openly decent and warm and ...that word NORMAL...as anyone standing next to you at the bar. You may be only vaguely aware of who Mick is but, after this engaging and straightforwardly written book, you want to shake him by the hand and say, well done, mate. He's the Everyman we all dream of being who, for a while, touched a bit of stardust but who, in reality, is just so happy to be blessed with family, friends and not a little talent. Oh...and a Wommett is military abuse for a useless person... --Lancashire Evening Post
The swinging sixties kicked up a musical dust that has never settled, and guitarist Mick Abrahams, one of the founder members of Jethro Tull, was caught up in the maelstrom of the time, and has continued to make music in various guises from jazz to blues to rock through the decades. The guitarist has written his autobiography of those heady days of rock n roll right from his school days through to his rise to fame with Jethro Tull and such bands as Blodwyn Pig and beyond. His style is simple, straightforward English with no fancy swirls. He recounts an anecdote with humour and panache. He conjures up colourful pictures of a time when Britain led the world in popular music. The stories will bring back memories for those who were around in the 1960s and intrigue those born later. There have been many rumours and counter rumours over the years about why the guitarist left Jethro Tull and his relationship with the lead singer Ian Anderson. In his book Mick sets the record straight and pulls no punches about his feelings on every event through his life. The book has a foreword by radio presenter Bob Harris and is an easy read. --Swindon Advertiser
Although he was one of the group's founders, he left after only one album, because of musical differences with singer Ian Anderson, later performing with Blodwyn Pig. Mick finally puts the record straight about this parting of the ways and the events that have shaped the man and his music since that time up to the present day. Abrahams has continued to delight fans with his own brand of blues, jazz and rock on highly acclaimed albums spanning several decades. Packed with anecdotes and stories about Mick s life in and out of the spotlight, this book is a must have for his fans and anyone who remembers the excitement of the emerging new musical talent of the Sixties. --St Albans & Harpenden Review
About the Author
Mick Abrahams was born in 1943 in the middle of an air raid and, after an uncertain start, was adopted and brought up in Luton. An unremarkable student who disliked school, Abrahams found solace in music, learning to play the piano and later the guitar, at which he excelled. He was the original guitarist and a founder member of Jethro Tull in 1967 leading to the hit album This Was but the very different musical styles of Abrahams and Ian Anderson eventually caused a split and he left the band at the end of 1968. Mick then formed his own band, Blodwyn Pig, and they produced two albums Ahead Rings Out and Getting to This both of which spent several weeks in the UK Top Ten Charts. However, after two successful tours of America musical differences once again surfaced and Abrahams parted company with the Pig who disbanded shortly afterwards. Abrahams continued to enjoy success with The Mick Abrahams Band and in solo performances until, having become disillusioned with the music business, he quit during the 1970s and spent several years away from the spotlight. Today, Mick Abrahams is busier than ever and recent years have been spent writing and recording new music both with Blodwyn Pig and as a solo artist. He has also renewed his working relationship with Ian Anderson who played on Mick s 1996 solo album One with special guest appearances at Jethro Tull concerts. Mick lives with his wife Kate and has two grown up sons.
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