By Martin Kielty

Whilst Alex Harvey died in 1982 he left at the back of a legacy and a keenness which survives to today - actually cult prestige. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB) have been the biggest-grossing mid-70s stay act within the united kingdom; they published 8 critically-acclaimed albums of their 5 years jointly; they usually encouraged a number of the best names in pop leisure during the last 30 years, from Robert Smith to Nick Cave; from Billy Connolly to Richard O'Brien. In 1972 a former teenage idol, Alex Harvey, joined Scotland's loudest rock staff to shape The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. As early pioneers of punk and glitter, they brought on a sensation at dwell gigs and have become one of many most powerful inventive forces in renowned tune on the time. SAHB tale (based at the identify of the band's 5th album) is the definitive biography of Scotland's such a lot influential artists. It follows Alex's first day trip as a 50s pop famous person then a 60s soul megastar, and on the finish of the last decade selections up the remainder of the band as mythical too-loud prog-rockers Tear fuel. The mainstay of the booklet is a blow-by-blow account of the SAHB years 1972-77, illustrated with own anecdotes and never-before-seen pictures. The occupation of every artist is into the 80s, after Alex died on travel on the age of forty seven. SAHB tale completes the band's background with the finale comeback of 2002-2004. this is often the 1st authorized biography of the band written through journalist Martin Kielty with the approval and cooperation of Zal Cleminson, Chris Glen, and Hugh and Ted McKenna.

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Their bond, and their bond with Alex, is the one and only instance in which the word “awesome” is not hyperbole. The position of Alex and SAHB in cultural history has grown - there’s been something of a rennaisance. Some of that was me, of course (heh) but the re-release of almost everything the guys ever did has been a major event in everyone’s lives this side of the word processor. Pity about Fourplay, but we live in hope. The list of major acts they influence; the people willing to talk about the band and its music; the number of younger folk, hearing their dads’ CD remasters, who’ve become fans; all these statistics are on the up too.

Before that, the legend goes, he’d had 36 jobs, including lion tamer. After the wedding job he played the horn in a few bands for a while, but he was never brilliant at it and really wanted to get serious with guitar and vocals. His first true Harvey-esque incarnation was in the Kansas City Skiffle Group, also known as the Kansas City Counts (yes, he was trying to be rude) playing a rocked-up variant of the American folk he’d started with. Alex is remembered at this time as a rough-faced character with long hair held by a headband, at a time when the Teddy Boy ‘duck’s arse’ quiff was in.

The initial outlay was huge and there was never enough gear. Zal through the ages: aged 3; at 14 with his sister; at 15 with fellow Weavle George Gilmour; left, with his first guitar and his favourite hedge The Bo-Weavles: top picture, George, Al (as he signed himself at the time) Dave, Ricky and Jimmy. Left, a promotional postcard shows the band in another set of outfits and advertises their two fan clubs. The band only ever made one record, using a four-track studio in Paisley and borrowing the backing voices of five or six willing girls from the school across the road.

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