No Slade No Oasis It S As Devastating And As Simple As That Noel GallagherSlade S Music And Style Dominated And Defined The S With Six Consecutive Number One Singles They Were The UK S Number One Group And Sold Millions Of Records All Over The World At Their Peak, Slade Enjoyed Success And Adulation Not Seen Since The Beatles Now, For The First Time, The Man Whose Outlandish Costumes, Glittering Make Up And Unmistakable Hairstyle Made Slade The Definitive Act Of Glam Rock Tells His StoryGrowing Up In A Council House In S Wolverhampton, Dave Always Knew He Wanted To Be A Musician And In The Mid Sixties, With Don Powell, Founded The Band That InWould Settle On The Name Slade Their Powerful Guitar Driven Anthems Formed The Soundtrack For A Whole Generation, And Their Top Of The Pops Performances, Led By Their Flamboyant, Ever Smiling Lead Guitarist, Became LegendaryBut So Here It Is Reveals That There S Much To Dave S Life Than Top Of The Pops And Good Times Packed With Previously Unseen Personal Photos, The Book Uncovers Surprising Family Secrets, Tells The Inside Story Of The Original Band S Painful Break Up, Explores Dave S Battles With Depression, His Decision To Reform Slade And Go Back On The Road And His Recovery From The Stroke That Threatened To Cut Short His CareerTold With Great Heart And Humour, So Here It Is Is The Story Of The Irresistible Rise Of Dave Hill, Superyob The Definitive Account Of His Journey From Working Class Lad To Global Rock Star

8 thoughts on “So Here It Is: How the Boy From Wolverhampton Rocked the World With Slade

  1. says:

    Given all the 4 and 5 star reviews some of them no doubt from the large number of people who crowdfunded the book s production , have to say I was a bit disappointed This book understandably puts Dave front and centre but there are remarkably few insights into what the other three members of the classic line up were like as people at all and not much in the way of anecdotes of the time either The classic line up were together for 25 years and he s been in a band with Don for 50 they must have done some fun stuff together at some point Groupies and alcohol don t get mentioned at all, and drugs minor use in the 70s but nothing major, as you ask get one brief reference I guess the fact the other three are still alive and he doesn t want to fall out with them explains the absence of dirt but it makes for a dull book compared to a lot of other rock biogs The nearest we get to any ructions is that at one point he seems to have been frightened that Holder and Lea clearly the two most talented creative ones even if Dave formed the band originally were going to get rid of him He does concede that Jim was against Dave s carrying on the Slade name without him and Noddy as well, and the almost compete lack of other references to Jim leads you to conclude that he was the one who Dave got on with the least, but that s about as far as any insight into band dynamics or indeed dirt goes.The glory years are glossed over very quickly and there is very little about the first time they played say Skweeze me pleeze me together Several massive hits are name checked but no , most of the rest get no than the chart position they got to, and while Merry xmas everybody gets its due, I don t think any others apart from Cuz I luv you and My oh My get than 2 3 lines analysis The failed attempt to crack America gets a chapter or so but the wilderness years of the late 70s are passed over pretty quickly admittedly the less said about Okey Cokey and Give us a goal the better and there s not much said either about the years 1985 1991 when they were still nominally together but the second coming had blown itself out.There is rather about Dave s upbringing and family, his nice house in Solihull and his health problems of latter years, which are worth reading once but not at the expense of what could have been written about from the 1970s and 1980s The last two chapters are basically filler along the lines of well, I ve had a good life, I ve done all this and are just a recap of what has gone before.Basically, great if you want the life of Dave, if you want a warts and all analysis of Slade, their music and personalities you ll be slightly disappointed.

  2. says:

    If you re a person of a certain age, you probably have a soft spot for Slade that warm and fuzzy feeling you get from remembering watching Top Of The Pops on Thursday nights or any other time they lit up your TV screens with a bit of glitter, shizzle and fun in bleak 1970s Britain.While this isn t your warts n all expose, it covers his ups and downs and does seem to have been written from the heart Dave Hill has always come across as a decent fun loving bloke and the biography is a joy to read, especially when you read about the sheer number of singles and albums Slade were shifting on their early releases I d say it s 95% greatthe afterword does seems to ramble a little, repeating some of the earlier content, but on the whole, I loved it.

  3. says:

    To a boy growing up in Wolverhampton in the 1970 s, Slade were everything The fact that they were all so down to earth and grounded, but were without doubt the biggest band in Britain, made you very proud to be from the Black Country Great book, Legend.

  4. says:

    Love this guy and love Slade A one off character who s enthusiasm id undiminished despite various set backs recently for him health wise I would happily share a beer with him anytime Dave Hill, distinctive in silver costume variations, platform boots and unique hairstyle always stood out in his enthusiasm performing He does the same here telling his version of Slade in his life.Still think Don Powell s is the most truthful though.Buy this book and the others if you re a Slade fan and make up your own mind Goid

  5. says:

    The first single i ever bought was Coz I Love You, the first LP was Slade Alive and the first band i saw live was Slade so you can guess where this review is going Absolutely loved this book ,bought back great memories of the early seventies and it s well written Not just your normal biography Highly recommended.

  6. says:

    Having just finished Pete Way s autobiography which, although entertaining was a tale of self induced spiral into substance abuse and ultimately made me feel sad that talent was wasted pun intended this book is a refreshing tale of someone grateful for his success It s a tale of highs and lows, good and bad luck and someone who s working class upbringing has underpinned all his life Good luck to the bloke, and Don, Jim and Noddy As he says, he still has a love of music, playing live and entertaining people Long may he continue

  7. says:

    This is a great book for any fans of Slade and the glam rock era in general It s also a cautionary tale of what can happen to a musician who played on records that sold in the millions but didn t actually write them For many people Dave Hill was the face of Slade and it s a good read for anyone wanting to know what it was like to play in a top band after doing the rounds of pubs and clubs for years before making it big I would have given it 5 stars if Dave had put a few wild rock n roll stories in the book, but he comes across as being too nice a bloke for all that sort of stuff Still a great read though, now where did I put my platform boots

  8. says:

    For those of us old enough to remember the heady days of early 1970s glam rockand Slade, the best and most successful band of that era by a country mile..this is a very entertaining and nostalgic read If gives you an insight into what it was like to be the lead guitarist in a highly successful band, to be recognised and adored everywhere, and to enjoy the money that came with that success But it also takes you through the trials and troubles of Dave Hills personal life, and shows that its not all parties and glamour., even at the very top of the music business Well worth reading.