Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for So Here it Is by Dave Hill. Thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on to the tour and for my copy of the book. Before I share my review here’s what the book’s all about:
“‘No Slade = No Oasis. It’s as devastating and as simple as that’ Noel Gallagher
With six consecutive number one singles and the smash hit ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’, Slade were unstoppable. Now, the man whose outlandish costumes and unmistakable hairstyle made Slade one of the definitive acts of the Glam Rock era tells his story.
But there’s more to Dave’s life than rock ‘n’ roll and good times. So Here It Is also covers the band’s painful break-up, Dave’s subsequent battle with depression, and his recovery from the stroke that threatened to cut short his performing career.
If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to be a working-class lad from the Midlands suddenly confronted by unimaginable fame, So Here It Is is the definitive account, told with heart and humour and filled with never-before-seen photos.”
I do enjoy reading memoirs and biographies so couldn’t resist joining the blog tour for this fab book written by Dave Hill of Slade. Being born at the end of the 60s and having sisters who were more into David Cassidy, I only really remember Merry Xmas Christmas Everybody from my youth. However as I was reading this I looked them up on YouTube and was amazed to realise that I did actually know some of their massive hits.
This book was like sitting down and having a cuppa with Dave Hill as he recounted so many fascinating anecdotes from his youth, about the formation of the band in the 60s, all the way through to present day. I loved one particular story when he was chased by a giant crab in Barbados, bet you didn’t know Slade performed over there did you? Also the one when the Reading Festival crowd sang Merry Xmas Everybody to the band one August Bank Holiday! I loved reading his sister Carol’s memories about the band, particularly to do with their chart topping moments. Oh and reading about Dave’s outrageous costumes was brilliant too!
If you enjoy biographies, musical or otherwise you’re definitely in for treat with this one!
Dave Hill was born in a castle in Devon and moved with his parents to Wolverhampton when he was a year old. As a teenager he taught himself to play guitar and in 1966 formed the band Slade. After the break-up of the original band, Dave eventually re-formed Slade, and twenty-five years later, they are still regularly touring the world, playing to hundreds of thousands of fans. Dave married his wife Jan in 1973, and they have three children and six grandchildren. They still live in Wolverhampton.
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour