My Back Pages
Aspects of my life & the Portsmouth music scene
An A5 format book of 342 pages containing over 600 monochrome photographs and images, mostly of the 1960s Portmouth music scene. With a foreword by Dave Allen, this largely autobiographical book covers ten years of the author’s life in Portsmouth from 1962 – 1972. During that time he was involved with the Mod and Hippy scenes and photographed many of the top local and national bands, including Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Arthur Brown, Sandy Denny and others who visited the city’s music venues from Portsmouth Guildhall to the Indigo Vat, a small cellar club in Hampshire Terrace. The book includes photographs, people and places the author knew and also interesting reminiscences from some of the musicians who played in local Portsmouth bands during the 1960s.
Emails from some of the people who bought the book.
'Book received this morning, thank you very much. Congratulations on producing a hugely interesting collection of social documents and
marvelously entertaining anecdotes! I've only got another 14 pages to go and I already want to start reading it again!'
Greg Smith, The British Music Archive.
'Great job from the guy with the ‘press pass’ who managed to ‘blag’ so many fab pictures of the happenings from those days, and make something else worth being ‘proud’ about for those of us who served their time in those heady days………..well done Nigel….. Along with Dr. Dave & Mick Cooper you’ve given Pompey Pop a very respectable and memorable place in a lot of our hearts forever.'
Phil Freeman, singer with 1960s band Image and sound and light technician for Gentle Giant.
'Received the book Saturday. Thanks so much. I usually don't indulge in any nostalgia but I really enjoyed reading it and seeing all your photos. I don't ever remember seeing the GG Trident pics so they were a treat.'
'Hi, I'm the ex-Southern Grammar School oik what bought a Book from you on Sunday eve. Marvellous is the 1st word to describe it, well up to your usual standard, (I have Requiem, Wyllie etc. by you). This is well worthwhile, so much more intimate detail than Dave & Mick`s Pompey Pop but highly complementary. Thank you.'
'I loved your book and you brought back very happy memories and I particulaly liked the way in which you mention me, "I liked Brian," You made my day!'
Very many thanks for the book which arrived today, Friday. That’s a great service, many thanks. What a wonderful book. I only lived in Portsmouth for a couple of years, 1964/65, but there was such a great music scene there at the time, it brought back so many memories and so many familiar names. Funny how the memory works: I vividly remember going into the coffee bar with booths, near the Guildhall, but the name Verrecchia’s means nothing to me at all. I was very pleased to see photos of my old mate John Morgan on page 270/271. I played with him in a purist blues band called JM Blues, in Devon, in the late 1960s, before he formed Spirit of John Morgan. Anyway, once again, very many thanks for the book; I shall now read it in detail.
At the book launch Nigel Grundy and his friend Morley Stewart-Jones, who is also in the book, were interviewed on Radio Solent by presenter Alex Dyke. Below is a transcript of a rather delightful exchange.
Alex Dyke: There are some pictures of you guys in the book and you look very, very, cool, it must be said, you’ve got some real nice gear on.
Morley: Are you saying we haven’t now?
Alex Dyke: Yes I am, I think the wives in the studio look really good and they have made a bit of an effort. Nigel looks like a cross between an old press photographer, well past his best, crossed with Columbo, that would be fair wouldn’t it?
Morley: Probably, yes!
Alex Dyke: Morley’s laughing, but he looks no better, he’s wearing a denim shirt – an inexpensive denim shirt.
Morley: It is, yeah, M&S.
Alex Dyke: Well yeah, but it doesn’t really look like M&S - and a really old 80s leather jacket and he looks like he’s come out from a repeat of Bergerac. So that’s what they look like in case you’re wondering, but don’t even think about that, when you buy My Back Pages just enjoy them looking gorgeous in all that 60s gear.
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