I saw The Searchers a few weeks ago at Doncaster Cast for the first time. A superb show, with great musicianship exceeding, in many ways, the original recordings. While searching for a suitable greatest hits recording I stumbled across Frank Allen's book. A quick read of the sample and its reasonable price on Kindle persuaded me to give it a go. I'm glad I did.
Frank Allen has an interesting and quite endearing style which I really enjoyed. One less favourable review likened it to 'the wittering of a rather anal mad uncle grappling with a creative writing course'. I've a feeling that would amuse Mr Allen, even to the point of wishing he'd thought of the phrase himself. If he had been grappling with a creative writing course at the time I reckon he completed it with great success.
The book is a good read for anyone who was a teenager in the 60s enjoying chart pop music. Many of the pop stars of the time feature in anecdotes where they took part in shows and tours with The Searchers. If however you're expecting tales of drugs and drunken debauchery I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. My memory of The Searchers is of having a goody two shoes image, the sort of group parents were glad their teenage daughters were fans of. Unless Mr Allen is telling porkies then that is just the way they were, so there's no dirty linen being aired - though the story of him and Dusty Springfield comes close ( I'm not including a spoiler...).
One minor gripe is his not sticking to a chronological order. To be fair he does say at the beginning he doesn't, but a couple of times I lost track for a paragraph or two.
A second gripe, the photos at the back of the Kindle edition were not of a very high quality, so having enjoyed the book throughout it was a bit of a let down when I reached them.
A third gripe. I wasn't quite accurate when I said at the beginning that I saw The Searchers for the first time a few weeks back. The first time had been back in autumn 1967. I was a first year student teacher at Sheffield City College of education and The Searchers were the headline act at the Freshers Ball. New to college I was feeling totally out of my depth, and although I'd been looking forward to seeing them, by the time they came to the stage I was really fed up, and went home. I was hoping to see some reference to that in the book, but sadly I was disappointed...
- フォーマット： Kindle版
- ファイルサイズ： 67457 KB
- 推定ページ数： 228 ページ
- 出版社: Aureus Publishing Limited (2015/1/31)
- 販売： Amazon Services International, Inc.
- 言語: 英語
- ASIN: B00T12QKM0
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能）: 有効
- Word Wise: 有効
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 37
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