It gives me great pleasure to announce today the publication of a new book, entitled ‘LOOK WOT THEY DUN!’ (The Ultimate Guide to UK Glam Rock on TV in The ‘70s).
Whether you’re a keen collector or just someone who wants a little more insight into the music, TV and culture of the ‘70s, this is the book for you!
Featuring nearly 300 glam-packed pages, profiled are all the 1970-1979 TV performances from 50 different artists, including Slade, David Bowie, The Sweet, T. Rex, Queen, Mud, Alvin Stardust, Roxy Music, ELO, Elton John, Suzi Quatro, The Bay City Rollers, The Faces, and many more.
Amongst the many UK TV shows featured are ‘Top Of The Pops’, ‘Lift Off With Ayshea’, ‘Supersonic’, ’45’ and ‘Crackerjack’, as well as such overseas shows as ‘Musikladen’, ‘Disco’, ‘Top Pop’ and ‘Hits A Go Go’.
Also featured is a giant bonus section on Pan’s People’s many ‘Top Of The Pops’ appearances. With a foreword by Pan’s People legend Dee Dee Wilde, this really is the ultimate guide to Glam Rock on TV in the ‘70s.
‘LOOK WOT THEY DUN!’ is available from Amazon, priced £12.95 in the UK and $16.95 in the USA.
1. T. Rex 2. David Bowie 3. The Kinks 4. The Move 5. Elton John 6. The Sweet 7. The Rolling Stones 8. Slade 9. Middle Of The Road 10. The Faces 11. Rod Stewart 12. Chicory Tip 13. Gary Glitter 14. The Electric Light Orchestra 15. Mott The Hoople 16. 10cc 17. Blackfoot Sue 18. Roxy Music 19. Lieutenant Pigeon 20. Geordie 21. Wizzard 22. Mud 23. Suzi Quatro 24. Barry Blue 25. David Essex 26. Alvin Stardust 27. Cozy Powell 28. Leo Sayer 29. The Bay City Rollers 30. Paper Lace 31. Mick Ronson 32. Queen 33. The Glitter Band 34. Sparks 35. The Rubettes 36. Paul Da Vinci 37. Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 38. Showaddywaddy 39. The Arrows 40. The Heavy Metal Kids 41. Pilot 42. Hello 43. Kenny 44. Fox 45. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band 46. Chris Spedding 47. Sailor 48. Be-Bop Deluxe 49. Bilbo Baggins 50. Slik
Pan’s People (BONUS CHAPTER on PP's TOTP appearances)
Book review: ‘Look Wot They Dun! – The ultimate guide to UK glam rock on TV in the 70s’ by Peter Checksfield
Rather than another biography giving an overview of the various glam acts of the 1970s ‘Look Wot They Dun’ is basically an encyclopedic directory that methodically lists all the TV appearances of numerous bands associated with the glam era throughout the 70s. Fifty different acts are covered in all, with the appearances for each in turn listed chronologically.
As much as I am fascinated by this era and as much as I will always love bands like Sweet and Slade and T. Rex, I must admit when I first picked up this book I wasn’t sure whether there would be enough in it to sustain my interest across a whopping 286 pages. However, I soon began to get engrossed, reading some of the fascinating little snippets and insights that accompany many of the entries. In one of his earliest TV appearances, Elton John, for example, is wearing “a horrible outfit of faded blue jeans, a long-sleeved orange T-shirt and a sleeveless striped cardigan” prior to the emergence of the flamboyantly-dressed larger-than-life character of later appearances. The Sweet’s Andy Scott had a run of appearances on Opportunity Knocks in late 1966 in an outfit called The Silverstone Set, we learn, several years before finding fame with the glam rockers. And Mud’s first TV appearance, back in 1968, is on the Basil Brush Show while David Essex’s first appears some two years earlier on the Five O’clock Club.
Indeed, although the book is presented in catalogue format and lacks an explicit overarching narrative there are, nevertheless, obvious patterns that begin to emerge across a significant number of bands. First we see tentative appearances on scratchy black and white shows during the 60s beat boom (Marc Bolan and David Bowie/Jones on Ready Steady Go, the aforementioned Andy Scott on Opportunity Knocks etc.) Then we fast-forward a few years and see those same people bedecked in glitter and glam hamming it up on Top Of The Pops in the period 1971-1973. Then by around 1974 we mostly see the glam bands to start putting away the bacofoil and the glitter and opting for a more conventional rock star jeans-and-leather jacket or cool-white-suit look. Then, finally, in many of the cases we see the number of entries for TV appearances steadily declining as the second half of the seventies draws to a close.
Though I would have welcomed a bit more by way of narrative thread, the book nevertheless provides a fascinating insight into how one of the most visual musical genres of the twentieth century projected itself on to our TV screens. And as an invaluable reference tool I’m sure ‘Look Wot They Dun’ will be something I’ll be going back to again and again.
Last Edit: Feb 17, 2019 18:02:15 GMT by petercheck