Record Collector June 2005
RECORD COLLECTOR June 2005
“The definitive guide from Be-Bop-A-Lula onwards
Call us what you like - trainspotters, anoraks, or anything else that springs to mind - but record collectors love books like this. Even though it it may contain what looks like lists of boring facts and figures to anyone not deeply absorbed in the hobby of collecting as many vintage records as possible, the information is essential for those that do.
Published to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the birth of Gene Vincent, this book contains every reference you would ever need about his career and recorded output - timelines, sessions, videos, spoken word, chart entries and so on - obsessive detail that does justice to one of the most unique 1950s rock ‘n’ roll stars.
In 1956 when executives at Capitol were searching for an answer to Elvis Presley, they discovered someone who was nothing like him, Vincent, the tortured soul with a voice to match, looked more like a gang-leader than a ladies man. A car accident had left him in constant pain; and eventually hard liquor helped end his life in 1971. He personified the live-hard-die-young legend of a rock ‘n’ roll hero.
Serious Gene Vincent fans will need this book; but despite his agonies, maybe a more exciting high-key cover design would have been better to help generally promote it in the bookshops.
Yes, Gene Vincent may well have had a dark side, but he also remains one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most colourful characters.”