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Whatever Happened to Slade? - Paperback available to pre-order
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By Daryl Easlea

'An extensive, entertaining and illuminating look at the mercurial if qualified success story of one of Britain’s greatest hit making bands. If you only think about Slade every December, you really need to read Daryl Easlea’s book. A must have for the music buff.' Phill Jupitus

Slade were the most iconic group of the 1970s glam rock era. Although the original quartet – Dave Hill, Noddy Holder, Jim Lea and Don Powell – ceased working as a unit in the nineties, memories of the group remain strong, thanks mainly to their remarkable, enduring, festive single, 'Merry Xmas Everybody'. But there is so much more to the band than just that one record.

Whatever Happened To Slade? is the first serious biography of the group in over three decades. It details the complete story of this singular band, as well as the personal histories of the four individuals who combined to turn Slade into a genuine phenomenon. Whatever Happened To Slade? charts their emergence from the 1960s beat boom, their initial successes, their epoch-making glam heyday, the group’s attempts to crack America, Slade In Flame, their bleak, retrospectively adored film, their re-emergence as hard rocking heavyweights, through to their final dissolution and post-Slade careers.

Drawing on hours of new interviews and meticulous research, with a foreword by Bob Geldof and an afterword by Jim Moir, Whatever Happened To Slade? reassesses a band that won hearts and perforated eardrums across four incident-filled, bittersweet decades.

“The combination of Daryl’s writing skills, research and contributions from fans has cumulated in a book that gives Slade the serious recognition it deserves.”  – Jim Lea

"Makes me want to go and investigate the obscure corners of the catalogue, which is always the sign of a great bio."  – Steven Wilson

“At last! An author with insight, sympathy and commitment has written a substantial book about Slade that dissects the highs and lows of a career that is unique in the annals of British pop”  – Chris Charlesworth, Just Backdated

“Daryl Easlea analyses Slade’s phenomenal career with a serious eye, placing them in contect between Bowie and Mud and evoking a world of ‘backstreet boozers withtheir pickled eggs and Big D peanut displays.’” – Victoria Segal, The Sunday Times

“One of the joys of the informative and thoroughly readable new book . . . is the context in which it places both the band’s music as well as the young men who made it.”  – Ian Winwood, The Daily Telegraph

****  “A true labour of love”  – Andy Fyfe, Mojo

**** “(A) comprehensive analysis of all things loud and yobbish”  – Joel McIver, Record Collector

8/10 “A thorough, detailed, probably definitive appraisal.” – David Stubbs, Classic Rock

“An engaging account of . . .  one of the most underrated and influential bands of the 1970s.”  – Iain Key, Louder Than War

“The definitive final word on the band’s four-decade career”  – The Afterword

“An appropriately foot-stomping account of the Slade story”  – Peter Gallagher, Shindig!

“An excellent in-depth history of the much-undervalued band whose Merry Xmas Everybody has become such an important part of the festive season.” – Choice Magazine

“This is the new Slade bible” – Don Powell

'[An] ever-entertaining narrative' The Beat

'Slade were the governors. Dave Hill’s beaming overbite was my guiding light and saviour growing up. And time has clearly shown they also had the best songs and the best shoes. Grit and glam, mine’s a Babycham' Nick Heyward

'Glam was Glam because it sought an ironic “look” and stripped down noise and sense that was the possible route back past the dull, charmless drudgery of endless muso noodling prog, earnest “head” music and shit third rate blues bands . . . back to an earlier period of youth, style and rooted rebel fun when good music was great and everyday and singable. Slade was part of that. They should be revered. Here’s a book that does that.' Bob Geldof

'Nothing short of a rock 'n' roll revelation' Music Devotee

Publication Date: 29.08.24
ISBN: 9781915841490
Extent: 480 pages
Format: Paperback

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