MAXIMUM DARKNESS: MAN ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE
'I'm very much looking forward to the latest Deke book!' - Pete 'Rock Family Trees' Frame
Guitarist-singer Deke Leonard was a founder member of the Welsh rock'n'roll band Man. He served with them, give or take a couple of sabbaticals, from 1968 until 2004, and is now a solo artist, broadcaster and raconteur.
Maximum Darkness: Man On The Road To Nowhere is the third book in 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.
Maximum Darkness: Man on the Road to Nowhere (ISBN 978-190071119-7) is published on 23 January 2015. With 160 pages plus eight pages of photos, recommended retail price is £12.99.
NEW UNRELEASED DEKE LEONARD TRACK “MARTHA” NOW AVAILABLE AS A SINGLE!
Turned up unexpectedly in a house move, a track which got away from Unfinished Business.
As it’s never been released before we have decided to put it out as a digital download via CD Baby. It will also be available on Amazon and iTunes over the next few days. We have described it as “a catchy, light rock’n’roll song which you will be whistling in the shower”.
If you do download it (and we hope you do...) please do consider leaving a review.
Deke's third book, The Twang Dynasty, a discussion of some of his favourite guitarists, was published late 2012. Further details now available...
We have finally reprinted Deke's first two books, Rhinos Winos and Lunatics and Maybe I Should've Stayed In Bed.
Both are alable in limited numbers for the first (and possibly last) time in recent years, and the good news is the prices are as per the originals (£11.99 and £12.99 respectively). Sadly the post has gone up in the intervening 12 years, but we can't do much about that. It's even cheaper to post them separately, if you can believe it!
Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org - add £2 apiece for postage and packing. Alternatively a cheque payable to Northdown Publishing at PO Box 1485, High Wycombe, HP11 9HQ will do nicely.
Plus, a couple of gigs have been lined up -
There's an opportunity to read a transcript of an interview Deke recently did with Cherry Red Records to tie in with their release of the first two Man albums.
There are now mp3 clips from every Deke Leonard album available for your listening pleasure in the music section.
In 2002 Deke started work on a new solo album, his first for... a long time. It's original working title was Smoke Signals, but, having thought about it, Deke decided to call it Freedom and Chains.
The CD is now available on the Angel Air label, SJPCD197. See the music section for more details.
Available now is a collection of tracks from previously unreleased radio sessions by Deke Leonard's Iceberg. Two sessions are from Europe, and the third was for a John Peel Radio 1 session. This is available on on Hux Records.