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Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful

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Steve Marriott should, without doubt, be remembered as Britain's -nay, the worlds greatest white soul singer. He was also one of the last great characters of the music industry -- the sharp-dressed charming cockney who would have a joke for every occasion, a put-down for every rival. As a rebellious urchin he burned down his school. His showbusiness debut was as a pick-pocket in the original stage production of Oliver! He came to fame as the little East End 'erbert who captured the very essence of the phenomenon ...
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Steve Marriott should, without doubt, be remembered as Britain's -nay, the worlds greatest white soul singer. He was also one of the last great characters of the music industry -- the sharp-dressed charming cockney who would have a joke for every occasion, a put-down for every rival. As a rebellious urchin he burned down his school. His showbusiness debut was as a pick-pocket in the original stage production of Oliver! He came to fame as the little East End 'erbert who captured the very essence of the phenomenon that became know as "mod", while fronting those darlings of Wapping Wharf, the Small Faces. From 1965 to 1967 Marriott held the title of world mod icon - totally unchallenged. The Small Faces scored a string of top ten singles including the classics "All Or Nothing" and "Tin Soldier". They all lived together in millionaire style at their chic Pimlico home, were whisked around by limousine, dated top models and actresses, and frequented London's most fashionable clubs. In 1968 Marriott and his band mates released a number one classic album Ogdens Nut Gone Flake and the world beckoned. But it was to be with another band, Humble Pie, that Steve achieved legendary status in the USA. Over 20 American tours in the space of four years including concerts at legendary venues such as Madison Square Gardens and Shea Stadium ensured their reputation as the finest touring band in the world. After Humble Pie's demise, Marriott found aimself at the sharp end of a rags-to-riches-to-rags story. With his money diverted by mafia associates and the Inland Revenue dogging his every move. While less talented contemporaries were esconced in Surrey mansions, Steve was reduced to raiding farmers' fields for vegetables. But his spirit, if blooded, was unbowed and he gained as much pleasure from playing cash gigs at London pubs as he ever did on US Stadium stages. Tragically, the 44-year-old Marriott was on the verge of a major comeback when he was tragically killed in a house fi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781900924443
  • Publisher: Helter Skelter Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Paolo Hewitt brought black music to the NME, and penned the sleevenotes to the Oasis mega hit 'What's The Story Morning Glory'. His other books include 'The Beat Concerto: The Story Of The Jam (1985); 'Getting High: The Story Of Oasis' (1999) and 'Paul Weller: The Changing Man' (2007). John Hellier is a Small Faces expert and editor of 'Here Come The Nice: A Small Faces Songbook.'

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Table of Contents

Prologue xi
Introduction xiii
Acknowledgements--Those Who Have Served Us xvii
Part 1 From Absolute Beginnings 19
Chapter 1 Things Are Going To Get Better 21
Chapter 2 Give Her My Regards 29
Chapter 3 The Words Of Fools 43
Chapter 4 Almost Grown 49
Chapter 5 Call It Something Nice 53
Chapter 6 Donkey Rides A Penny A Glass 61
Part 2 The Wizard of Mod 71
Chapter 7 Grow Your Own 73
Chapter 8 It's Not What You Do 81
Chapter 9 Something I Want To Tell You 91
Chapter 10 E Too D 95
Chapter 11 Here Comes The Nice 101
Chapter 12 Shake 113
Chapter 13 Talk To You 129
Chapter 14 Patterns 135
Chapter 15 Happy Boys Happy 145
Chapter 16 If I Were A Carpenter 159
Part 3 Heavy Makes You Happy 183
Chapter 17 What You Will 185
Chapter 18 The Buttermilk Boys 213
Part 4 Saylarvee? 223
Chapter 19 Singing The Blues 225
Chapter 20 Lend Us A Quid 245
Chapter 21 The DT's 265
Chapter 22 All Or Nothing 285
Chapter 23 The Big Train Stop 291
Aftermath 295
Afterword 299
Bibliography 301
Discography 303
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