Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Recommended: The Man Who Stole Rock 'n' Roll (Bob Lawton)

Another ELOBF Recommended Read: "The Man Who Stole Rock 'n' Roll" by Bob Lawton
#869: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! It's a small world. I was talking with a work colleague today about some forthcoming concerts by Fleetwood Mac in Birmingham and happened to mention that there was a mention for Christine McVie (née Christine Perfect) within my interview with Bob Lawton back in 2011 for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF). Yet, amazingly, on the very same day, Bob got in touch with Yours Truly KJS today regarding his new book and accompanying music video! Bob has also teamed up with Rick Price (Sight 'n' Sound, The Move, Wizzard, The Rockin' Berries) to write a rather nice song entitled "Jive Away The Tears" with Rick providing the music and Bob supplying the lyrics thus:

"The Man Who Stole Rock 'n' Roll" by Bob Lawton (ISBN 9781508729228) has an interesting synopsis involving a familiar ELO theme within it - time travel - thus: "It's rock 'n' roll plagiarism ... but this time the songs are stolen from future. It's February 1963, with The Bombastics on the threshold of stardom, Britain on the brink of the Swinging Sixties and the whole country locked in the icy grip of the coldest winter for sixteen years. The Bombastics' own Mr-Sex-Drugs-&-Rock 'n' Roll, Barry Harper, is driving the band's Volkswagen home after a gig and is forced to take shelter from a blizzard in a snow-bound lay-by. Impatiently twisting the knobs on the radio for a better reception it starts to glow a dazzling white light; Barry is drawn in and cast down a time tunnel twenty years into the future. The Volkswagen now belongs to The Robbie Rochester Band. After a week marooned in 1983, Robbie Rochester helps him return to the sixties. Fearing ridicule, at first Barry tells no-one of the world he found, the people he met, or the pop music he heard. Frankie Atom & The Bombastics are propelled from local dance hall heroes to teenage idols ... and national adoration ... but eventually their hit records dry up and their golden days are over. In a fit of drunken remorse, Barry tells of his time travel adventure and the wretched decision he made; a decision that will reverberate down time, wrecking careers and changing lives forever. What surprises do Frankie Atom & The Bombastics discover at their reunion 50 years later ... and what was Barry's dark secret?"

"The Man Who Stole Rock 'n' Roll" by Bob Lawton can be purchased in Paperback &/or Kindle formats from or via these links thus:


ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "The Man Who Stole Rock 'n' Roll" by Bob Lawton to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneRoy WoodThe Move'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 11-March-2015

1 comment:

  1. This was a twin feature highlighting both Bob Lawton's book and his musical liaison with none other than Rick Price! KJS@ELOBF