PLAYING THE BAND
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In 1993 Martyn graduated with Honours
from the Open University and set out to achieve his ambition of becoming a
published author. An ELP fan since only a few months after their 1970 debut
album, he co-authored The Show That Never Ends, the 2000 definitive ELP
biography (soon to be re-published in an expanded, revised edition).
The musical life of Jon Hiseman
This book takes you on
the roller-coaster ride that is the life of Jon Hiseman - one of
Britainís top drummers. Itís a personal journey through one of the most
intriguing and fascinating periods in rock and pop history, telling in
detail of the forces, the
It is not just a story of a life in music; it is a tale of individualism, survival, friendships and rivalry, romance, brutal reality and the occasional insanity. Above all, itís the story of a man who describes himself as Ďa cautious optimistí and who considers his greatest achievement, the enduring love affair with saxophonist and composer Barbara Thompson.
"...the absorbing inside
story of Hisemanís professional journey...meticulously produced...a
thoroughly absorbing account of a richly varied life on the road and in the
Review Quotes of 'Playing
The Band' - The musical life of Jon Hiseman
"Playing the Band" features
an extensive cast of musicians and others industry figures with whom Jon
Hiseman and Barbara Thompson have been associated over the years. Some of
the great characters of British music are here, among them Graham Bond, John
Mayall, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Colosseumís original saxophonist the
great Dick Heckstall-Smith. Inevitably there are some great stories, some of
them highly amusing, but at other times the book can be surprisingly moving.
A thorough chronicle of one
of Britainís all-time great drummers...Martyn Hansonís authorised biography
recounts every step of a long and amazingly wide-ranging
We highly recommend Jonís
book "Playing the Band"...
Anyone remotely interested
in British blues, jazz and rock of the past 50 years will find much to
relish in the detail on such diverse figures as Graham Bond and John Mayall...Jack
Bruce and Dick Heckstall-Smith...Neil Ardley and Gary Moore.