- 240 Pages
- Includes 9 B&W illustrations, plus one 8-page B&W photo insert
- Released: August 31, 2010
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Description by OLDIES.com:
A former roadie tells behind-the-scenes stories from the wild world of '60s and '70s rock music in the colorful tradition of I'm With the Band
and Wonderful Tonight
.As a roadie for some of the world's biggest music stars, James "Tappy" Wright has seen and done it all. He was there when The Animals were formed, he was there when an unknown guitarist, named Jimi Hendrix, played to a handful of listeners in a smoky New York club, and he was there the day he recorded one of his biggest hits, "Hey Joe." Tappy has looked after superstar Tina Turner and her fiery husband, Ike, worked for Gene Vincent, and hung up on Elvis for impersonating...Elvis.
Funny, revealing, even frightening in parts, Rock Roadie blows open the world of rock and roll in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, including an explosive revelation about the mysterious circumstances of Hendrix's death and his manager's role in it.
JAMES "TAPPY" WRIGHT has worked with rock legends such as Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, The Animals, Herman's Hermits, and Carl Perkins, as roadie, tour manager, and friend. He divides his time between Florida and his native Whitley Bay in North East England. ROD WEINBERG is a veteran music biz manager, film producer, agent, and entrepreneur. For the benefit of music lovers, he persuaded The Animals to re-form for their 1983 World Tour.
Rock Roadie takes you on an exclusive all-access tour of more than thirty years on the road with the biggest names in rock ’n’ roll.
As a roadie for some of the world's greatest music stars, James “Tappy” Wright has seen and done it all. He was there at the beginning when The Animals were formed and when they recorded their anthem, “The House of the Rising Sun.” He was there when an unknown guitarist called Jimi Hendrix played to a handful of listeners in a smoky New York club and the next day, recorded one of his biggest hits, “Hey Joe.” And as tour manager and often close confidante, Tappy has looked after superstar Tina Turner and her fiery husband, Ike, on tour, worked for Gene Vincent, helped to trap an egotistical Little Richard in an elevator, and hung up on Elvis for impersonating . . . Elvis.
Packed full of conspiracy theories, truths finally told, and previously unheard anecdotes, Rock Roadie is a gripping and hilarious read that blows open the world of rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, including an explosive revelation about the mysterious circumstances of Hendrix’s death.
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- Sales Rank: 47,544
- ISBN: 031264664X
- EAN: 9780312646646
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