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The Silver Locomotive Mystery - Edward Marston

Another case for 'The Railway Detective' to solve.
 

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Martin Turner's autobiography "No Easy Road - my life and times with Wishbone Ash and beyond".

Particularly enjoying the stories of the early days in and around Exeter as the Empty Vessels. His retelling of the story of the legendary gig at the Exeter Civic Hall (now W H Smiths), on the 19th December 1968, is a particular favourite. The Empty Vessels opened the bill. They were followed by the Social Deviants who got into a fight with the audience several of whom chased them off stage and back into the dressing rooms ! When the bouncers restored order, the evening was finished off by a then brand new band - Led Zeppelin ! So new in fact that the posters advertised them as "Lead Zeppelin, ex Yardbirds"! Would be worth a few quid now if anyone still has a copy ?
Got this from my son for Christmas and have just got around to reading it. As you say, I enjoyed the stories of the early years the best.
 

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Got this from my son for Christmas and have just got around to reading it. As you say, I enjoyed the stories of the early years the best.
Glad that you enjoyed it Isca.

I am just re-reading "Barefoot in Babylon" by Robert Stephen Spitz, which is a fascinating account of all the twists and turns of the staging of Woodstock in 1969, from the initial idea, through all the trials and tribulations, right up to the event itself.

Does anyone know of a similar tome on the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival ? I have seen a few stories about it from time to time, which whet the appetite nicely ! In particular it was nice for those of us that went, to finally learn why Bob Dylan was so bloody late on stage on the final night. It seems that the rumour backstage was that the organisers were running out of money, and so dear Bob wouldn't go onstage until he had been paid in full in cash. The compere went to Bob's caravan only to find the great man himself, sat on the floor with his manager, surrounded by piles of cash, frantically counting out wads of ten bob notes and suchlike ! And then the [email protected]@e walked off stage half way through his set ! (facepalm)
 

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Does anyone know of a similar tome on the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival ? I have seen a few stories about it from time to time, which whet the appetite nicely ! In particular it was nice for those of us that went, to finally learn why Bob Dylan was so bloody late on stage on the final night. It seems that the rumour backstage was that the organisers were running out of money, and so dear Bob wouldn't go onstage until he had been paid in full in cash. The compere went to Bob's caravan only to find the great man himself, sat on the floor with his manager, surrounded by piles of cash, frantically counting out wads of ten bob notes and suchlike ! And then the [email protected]@e walked off stage half way through his set ! (facepalm)
Just answered my own question ! It seems a book came out last June entitled "Stealing Dylan From Woodstock" written by Ray Foulk (and Caroline Foulk). Now Ray was one of the organisers, and his version of why Dylan was two hours late on stage was that it was "due to technical difficulties back stage", and that the sudden departure from the stage was due to the contract being for a one hour performance ! Hmmm ! ;)
 
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