I recall reading a book by ex England and Lancashire cricketer David Lloyd a few years ago, where he recalls growing up in Accrington and hanging around with one of his best childhood mates Johnny Anderson, who went on to do big things. This fascinating biography looks at Anderson’s pre-Yes life, concentrating on his time in his first band, The Warriors, who were very active on the Lancashire music scene in the early sixties, releasing a single, appearing on TV and eventually following in The Beatles footsteps to the German clubs. Ultimately the band imploded and returned to the UK, where Anderson had a subsequent brief solo fling as Hans Christian before bumping into a certain Chris Squire in London, and the rest, as they say, is history. The story is told in brief bursts of narrative by the author, linked by extensive interviews with the original band members and of course with Anderson himself, supplemented by numerous previously unseen photographs of the band and associated memorabilia. This unique and meticulously researched book is a really enjoyable read and is recommended, indeed essential, reading for those interested not just in Jon Anderson and Yes, but also in the local music scene in the north of England between 1963 and 1968.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
The music of Yes.
One thing you’ve learned
This book was originally published as a limited edition hardback late last year, but is now available in paperback.