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So Here It Is
So Here It Is

So Here It Is

How the Boy From Wolverhampton Rocked the World With Slade


320 Pages, 6.25 x 9.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $37.95 (US $37.95)

Publication Date: March 2018

ISBN 9781783524204

Rights: US

Penguin Random House UK (Mar 2018)

Price: $37.95


In the 1970s, when Slade were the biggest band in the UK, Dave Hill was always the one having the most fun.With twenty-three Top 20 hits, six consecutive number-one singles and the smash hit `Merry Xmas Everybody' (which has charted every year since), Slade were unstoppable. Now, for the first time, the man whose outlandish costumes, glittering make-up and unmistakable hair style made Slade one of the definitive acts of the Glam rock era, tells his story.Dave Hill's journey from a Wolverhampton council house to rock royalty follows a classic arc: he bought his first guitar from a mail-order catalogue and taught himself to play, before forming a band with his school friend, Don Powell. When, in 1966, they were joined by the song-writing powerhouse of Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, a great rock band was born. Slade's blend of power-chords, memorable hooks, choruses and anthemic lyrics formed the soundtrack for a whole generation growing up in the 1970s - and leading it all in flamboyant style was the irrepressible, always-smiling Dave Hill.But there's more to Dave's life than rock'n'roll and good times. So Here It Is also frankly covers the original band's painful break-up, Dave's subsequent battle with depression, and his recovery from the stroke that threatened to cut short his performing career.If you've ever wondered what it feels like to be a working-class lad from the Midlands suddenly confronted by unimaginable fame and wealth, So Here It Is is the definitive account, served with great heart and humour and filled with Dave's own collection of new and unseen photos.