Apollo Memories

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By Martin Kielty with illustrations by Jim MacNee

Layout 1 (Page 1)Monday, May 1, 1978… AC/DC just left town with a live album on tape. Thin Lizzy, David Bowie, UFO and Black Sabbath are on their way. Logie Paterson, singer with local heroes Fox Ache, looks forward to a show by his favourite band, Night Garden.

There’s a lot on his mind, and not just the World Cup campaign. He’s thinking of quitting his group, and rumours abound that Night Garden have gone punk (at least, that’s what the NME says).

But worse, far worse: the Glasgow Apollo is about to close – and that means Logie will never get the chance to play there.

This is the story of one night in 126 Renfield Street, among the Glasgow choir, in front of the sloping stage, under the bouncing balcony… surrounded by the infamous Apollo bouncers.

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Apollo Memories: Never out of print since 2005

Added to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Permanent Collection… Scottish New Music Awards 2012 finalist… Daily Record Book of the Year… Daily Mail Critics’ Choice… WH Smith Scottish Book of the Year shortlister… 2012 edition, with over 100 new stories, exclusive new interviews and dozens of new pictures

From ABBA to Zappa the Glasgow Apollo was a key stop in every band’s world tour. The legendary 18ft high stage and the bouncing balcony pulled musicians and fans from across the globe to the Scottish city centre for 12 incredible years.

Now artists including members of Genesis, Madness, Dr Feelgood, Wishbone Ash alongside Leo Sayer and Black Sabbath and Tubes roadies have added their memories to a volume that already features memoirs from Def Leppard, Yes, 10cc, Chas’n'Dave (yes, really), Mott the Hoople, Heavy Metal Kids, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Nazareth and many others.

The former Greens Playhouse was such a memorable place that dozens of bands including AC/DC, Status Quo and SAHB called it home. Acts including Rush, Paul McCartney, the Clash, King Crimson, Humble Pie, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel and the Stranglers all recorded live albums there.

From 1973 until 1985, from Johnny Cash to the Style Coundil, they all played and they all came back. Why? It was something to do with the sloping stage, the fan-powered balcony, and the violent house staff and the decrepit state of the building. But it was also to do with the audience, known as the Glasgow choir, who left you in no doubt what they thought of your performance.

The book covers the history of the ‘Purple Palace’ from its conversion from a porn cinema to its eventual demolition. Music history and world news events are weaved together with first-hand stories told by the people who were there. It ties in with the popular www.GlasgowApollo.com website to bring an unforgettable era in world rock’n'roll to life – with an inimitable Glasgwegian twist.

The 2012 Edition is a massive upgrade to the acclaimed 2005 original, including more than 100 new stories, dozens of new exclusive interviews and dozens of new unseen photographs.

Martin Kielty is a Glaswegian writer, journalist, designer, musician and a former manager of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Rezillos. Scott McArthur and Andy Muir created the Glasgow Apollo website.


RRP: £15.00
220pp, colour cover, with over 130 illustrations
ISBN 978-1-4709-7271-4

Ebook available via NWP.co.uk

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