Friday, 20 July 2012

Ebook published on Smashwords

My first ever book, "Drum Solos, Bottles and Bands - Memories of a Concert-goer 1981-1999" has today been published by It's all happened a bit quicker than I thought it would as I uploaded the manuscript this morning and, apart from one minor problem with the formatting, it's now available to buy. There is another part to the process whereby it is manually checked by Smashwords staff but as it has got through the Autovetter checking and conversion system (aka the charmingly named Meatgrinder), it is now available in various formats including Kindle, Epub, PDF and HTML. Here is the all important link - 

It is retailing for a very reasonable $2.99 and if you enjoy it and want to share the book with your nearest and dearest there is an option on the website to 'give as a gift'. 

If you do not own a Kindle, iPad or other electronic reader, there are PC options such as Kindle for PC and the Adobe Digital Editions reader, the latter of which I can recommend. To download a copy go to - 

But tell us more about the book I hear you cry! Well, here is the short description of it - 

"Recollections from a selection of concerts the author went to in the UK during the 1980s and 90s. Ranging from big names like Queen and ZZ Top to less well known bands such as Stump and Urge Overkill, the book describes events that made the gigs memorable such as a fire alarm going off during a gig, a guitarist performing an encore naked and a singer pushing a drunken fan off the stage."

It is divided into the following 5 chapters with these being some of the bands featured -

Chapter 1 - The Early Years                   
Sky, Queen, The Stranglers, Madness, Runrig

Chapter 2 - The Rock & Metal Years
Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, ZZ Top, Deep Purple

Chapter 3 - The Student Years
The Damned, U2 , Michelle Shocked, Stephane Grappelli, Ted Hawkins

Chapter 4 - The London Years
Jane's Addiction, Eric Clapton, Urge Overkill, The Who, The Cure

Chapter 5 - The Fife Years
Manic Street Preachers, Smashing Pumpkins, Iggy Pop, Big Country, The Cramps

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