Anyone who, like me, began listening to music in the early 1970s will have been very much aware of Slade, one of the biggest bands of that time and seemingly ever present in the charts and on Top of the Pops. The hit singles, three of which went into the charts at number one (when that was still an almost unheard of achievement), the big selling albums such as Slayed and Old New Borrowed and New and let’s not forget the Slade in Flame feature film – they really were everywhere. Then suddenly they weren’t. What happened? Well, this long and very comprehensive book will tell you all. It charts the band’s beginnings in the 1960s beat boom and the early years of struggle with a notable lack of success, through into their explosion in the glam heyday of the early 70s. There’s plenty of detail on those glory days, the hit singles including half a dozen number ones, the big selling albums and the sell out tours. Perhaps it was the hubris of the Slade in Flame film that began the decline, or maybe they spent too much time and energy trying unsuccessfully to crack the potentially huge US market. Either way the decline in popularity was rapid and it wasn’t until the following decade that they eventually re-emerged as much more of a good time hard rock outfit whose live shows always seemed to deliver the goods, perhaps riding high on a wave of collective audience nostalgia for their teenage years. The departure of Noddy Holder marked the end of the band as we knew it really; it just wasn’t the same without his distinctive vocals and stage presence, even though a version of the band still tours today. The book also takes a fascinating in depth look at the post Slade careers of all the four members, which makes for illuminating reading. This is a very long, meticulously researched and detailed book, the best I’ve read on the band, and hours of new interviews have been sifted and distilled to produce what is probably the definitive final word on the band’s four-decade career with all its attendant sky highs and rock bottom lows – a bittersweet tale of fame and fortune won and lost if ever there was one.
Length of Read:Long
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The book features an introduction by Sir Bob Geldof and an afterword by Jim Moir.