"I'm currently working my way through Dear Boy, which is a Keith Moon biog. In discussing The Who's debut on Ready Steady Go!, he states that "The Who's performance of I Can't Explain that January 29 remains in the private possession of Dave Clark ... [whose] small business empire ... now owns the rights to the entire Ready Steady Go! archive."
Interesting: The author, Tony Fletcher, is implying that as of 1998, (DoP), the RSG! archive was intact ... and definitely that The Who's debut appearance is still extant.
I wish there was some way to get a definitively accurate list of exactly what of RSG! still exists, the format, the quality and whether or not there is any intention of making it available to us lesser mortals."
A colleague of mine (who wouldn't thank me for naming him but also appeared on RSG) knows that Clark had the aforementioned clip of the Who and tried to license it from him for a documentary. He was turned down flat (which annoyed him to the extent that to this day he tells people about the facelift that went wrong). Anyway, I digress. Apparently Clark got the hump with Moon because he lent him his kit for that appearance and it got banged up. That may or may not be the reason it's not been shown.
It was only published 2 years ago, but very quickly "disappeared"!
The DC5 book was Independently Published, which may explain why it is difficult to source?
Maybe you might be able to obtain a copy for him though?
Hi William, Unfortunately I have no contact details for the author (there are several authors named Michael Collins but this one doesn't seem to have a website).
I do know that the person who ran the (now defunct?) DC5 forum was annoyed with the author, claiming he'd ripped off articles word for word, but as there are no other DC5 books I'd still be interested in reading it.