Here comes the third book in Deke Leonard’s autobiographical trilogy after Maybe I Should’ve Stayed
In Bed and Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics.
It picks up his epic journey in 1977 as he fights to resurrect his
solo career, chronicles Man’s re-formation in 1983 and follows their battle to reclaim their status as one of the world’s
leading acid-rock bands up until his departure.
Highlights include Deke giving guitar lessons to Ten Years After’s
Alvin Lee, crossing swords with Wishbone Ash and lecturing the Animals’ Eric Burdon on stagecraft – tales told
with his inimitable style and customary dry wit. Smokey Robinson, Ian Dury, Phil Lynott, Walter Egan and Tina Turner are
among the other characters in a fascinating and often rib-tickling story.
His previous autobiographical books
have each reprinted at least twice. Rhinos has become a cult classic, while 2012’s The Twang Dynasty –
Deke’s insightful analysis of the most influential guitarists in popular music – was acclaimed by Classic
Rock as ‘the most illuminating, idiosyncratic, illuminating and entertaining book on the subject available
anywhere’ and was Guitar & Bass’s Book of the Month.
With the publication of Maximum Darkness
– Man on the Road to Nowhere, Deke Leonard stakes a claim to being the most prolific and entertaining writer
still making music today.
'I’m very much looking forward to the latest Deke
Pete ‘Rock Family Trees’ Frame
|The Twang Dynasty (2012)
The Twang Dynasty majors on the guitarists – ‘From Merthyr to Memphis’,
as the subtitle says – that influenced him. Some – Hendrix, Clapton and Rory Gallagher to name but three –
he met, others he played with, still more were only names on record labels. Deke brings the history of rock ‘n’
roll guitar playing to life like no one else can.
"passionate, entertaining, perceptive, knowledgeable,
irreverent, quirky – a natural born writer in the way that he was a natural born guitarist" Pete Frame
"I wish I played guitar as well as Deke Leonard writes books" Charles Shaar Murray
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|Maybe I Should've Stayed In Bed (2000)
The Flip Side Of The Rock’n’Roll Dream
Maybe I Should’ve Stayed In Bed? charts Deke’s early years prior to joining Man in 1968. Initially a
reluctant performer, encounters with Gene Vincent and Johnny Kidd awoke his ambitions to become a rock’n’roll
star, though an early band was banned from Welsh venues for being ‘too sexy’.
The rock’n’roll dream seemed there for the taking, so they broke up, scattering to the four corners of
Swansea before re-grouping more successfully as Man.
Written with a humour rarely
seen in rock biographies, it is a fascinating social commentary on Wales in the 1960s.
|Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics (1996)
The Legend of Man a rock’n’roll band
Reprinted in limited numbers for the second time, Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics has gained a reputation as one of
the legendary on the road rock’n’roll travelogues. It tells the story of eight years in the life of a rock band
– Man, Wales’ most durable musical exports.
Deke writes with wit, verve and panache of
the 1968-76 period, the post-’Sgt Pepper’ years when rock music expanded its frontiers as never before. The result
is a book that tells the story of an era, not just a band.
‘Deke Leonard’s ‘Rhinos,
Winos & Lunatics’ is wonderful. The definitive insider’s account, its also written delightfully, with a stoned
cynical lyricism that makes turning the page an absolute pleasure. Top Stuff’. Making Music