Finally got round to ordering my copy. It will arrive later this week.
I'm really looking forward to it. A superb idea. As the author says, the sort of book we all think should have been written.
Now we have to work on getting William McGregor to write "Scotch Beat" a History of tv pop from Scotland.
I'm actually off to Portugal very early tomorrow morning, and won't be checking emails/forums for about 10 days, but in the meantime there should be a review by respected music author Keith Badman in the forthcoming issue of 'Record Collector'. 'Ugly Things', 'Beat Magazine', 'Shindig' and 'Thunderbolt' are other magazines that are reviewing it, while there are online reviews on the 'Making Time', 'The Strange Brew' and 'Joe Meek Society' websites. Lastly but not least, there are currently 7 reviews on Amazon UK, every one of them 5 star. So things are going well.
Anyway, I need to finish packing and then I'm having an early night!
PS. If anyone finds any omissions (inevitable in over 700 pages), I'd love to hear from them. My email address is in the book.
Last Edit: Sept 10, 2018 21:19:12 GMT by petercheck
The U.S. 'Ugly Things' magazine has published a nice review by respected author Alan Clayson of 'Channelling The Beat!' (see below). So if anyone is still wondering what to get for Christmas...
CHANNELLING THE BEAT: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO UK ‘60S POP ON TV by Peter Checksfield (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, UK, 2018, paperback, 696 pages)
Sometimes, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do—and I suspect that the motivation behind this maiden offering as an author had little to do with self-aggrandizement or even financial gain, but the humble satisfaction of a single-minded job well done—for Peter Checksfield has produced what will stand as the standard work for this particular subject. A vital addition to any Swinging Sixties connoisseur’s library, it covers, in chronological rather than alphabetic order, television appearances, home and aboard, from the late 1950s to the present by Britain’s major pop acts—and many minor ones—who emerged from rock ‘n’ roll. Moreover, because entries are often accompanied by intriguing and unerringly accurate commentary, Channelling The Beat is elevated beyond a dry work of reference, directed only at satisfying the souls of those derive deep and enduring pleasure from studying raw data. Indeed, if you’re not careful, you’ll dip into this vast tome and be unable to dip out easily.
Among very few bits missing are information about, for example, when the Pretty Things featured in a Checkpoint-type ITV probe about their landlord’s attempt to evict them from their flat; Tom Jones & the Squires’ impassioned “Chills And Fever” and “What’d I Say” on The Beat Room; or any mention whatsoever of the Downliners Sect, but God knows how Peter managed to excavate, say, the US slots by a post-Van Morrison Them; when the Warriors mimed “You Came Along” on Thank Your Lucky Stars; the edition of Z-Cars in which the Swinging Blue Jeans undertook a cameo; the number Johnny Kidd & the Pirates did during their only slot on People And Places; why the Fourmost didn’t look or sound much like the 1960s hitmakers on Unforgettable, a Channel Four nostalgia series; Sounds Incorporated’s debut on Shindig! or Julie Driscoll taking the headlining role in a 1970 edition of The Wednesday Play.
Did you know that a broadcast entitled Ministry Of Information was the last time Syd Barrett was seen on screen with the Pink Floyd; that Phil May was noticed dancing with the ‘Miss England’ winner when the rest of the Pretty Things didn’t arrive for a Top Of The Pops performance; that Marty Wilde blew a harmonica solo during an arrangement of “Money” on The Arthur Haynes Show; that bit-parts in two separate movies by a 1961 line-up of The Dave Clark Five were filmed on the same day or that, purportedly, it was Mike D’Abo’s spot with his Band Of Angels on A Whole Scene Going that prompted Manfred Mann to short-list him as a replacement for Paul Jones?
Covering an epitomical waterfront from the wholesome, self-improving reek of Six-Five Special to the epoch-making Ready Steady Go! to Lunch Box, the lightest of light entertainment shows, there’s hours of enjoyable time-wasting to be spent reading and rising from the armchair now and then to search the Internet, perhaps in vain, for Twinkle’s go at “Sha-La-La-La-Lee” on Germany’s Beat Club; specific guest spots on respective weekly series with huge budgets starring the likes of Cilla Black, Lulu and Scott Walker; Tony Sheridan’s electric media junket in a brave attempt to lift his Just A Little Bit 0f... LP off the ground; Freddie & the Dreamers residency on Little Big Time; Mary Hopkin’s screen debut in Holland; the Undertakers giving ‘em ‘Mashed Potatoes’ on The Mersey Sound… I cannot go on… (Alan Clayson)
Thanks for posting that audio, Peter. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
And boy, that Kinks performance was indeed abominable. Yikes! So-Bad-That-I-Still-Can't-Believe-It ...
Must clarify, I adore The Kinks, but they were rough on that night...
Hey, don't get me wrong - I adore them as well (as should everyone, imvho). I understood from the interview that they were having a rough night and had to close the show following the Beatles. I have just never heard a live recording of theirs that sounded so clearly off and it surprised me. They seem to recover a little about 2/3rds the way in only to flag again at the end. Ah well, even the giants stumble sometimes
There's a pretty good review of the book in the latest issue of 'Mojo' magazine, also, the price is currently reduced from £24.95 to £21.49, ($32.95 to $27.95 in the USA). So now's a good time to grab a copy!