SAHB Story

The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band

Published December 5, 2013
Added to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Museum Permanent Collection
Full Revised Edition with more photos and interviews
Foreword by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard

SAHB Story (Revised Edition)When Alex Harvey died in 1982 he left behind a legacy and a passion which survives to this day – truly cult status. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB) were the biggest-grossing mid-70s live act in the UK; they released eight critically-acclaimed albums in their five years together; and they inspired many of the top names in pop entertainment over the last 30 years, from AC/DC to Robert Smith to Nick Cave; from Billy Connolly to Richard O’Brien.

In 1972 former teenage idol Harvey gathered with Tear Gas, Scotland’s loudest rock group, to form SAHB. As pioneers of punk, glam and performance-led rock, they caused a sensation at live gigs and became one of the strongest artistic forces in popular music at the time.

SAHB Story (based on the title of the band’s fifth album) is the definitive biography of the band’s members. It follows Harvey’s first outing as a 50s pop star then a 60s soul star, and at the end of the decade picks up the rest of the band as they merged into iconic prog-rockers Tear Gas. The mainstay of the book is a blow-by-blow account of the SAHB years 1972-77, illustrated with personal anecdotes and previously unseen photographs. Their careers are
followed into the 80s and beyond, after Alex died at 47.

The revised edition completes the story to date with the reunion that began in 2002 featuring Billy Rankin, leading to another series of acclaimed tours and festival shows with ‘Mad’ Max Maxwell at the helm, and the release of a new live album and the band’s first-ever DVD. Meanwhile, a number of previously lost recordings featuring Harvey – notably the abandoned 1974 SAHB album – have become available.

Joe Elliott of Dep Leppard, a long-time SAHB fan with scars to show for it, has contributed a passionate and heartfelt foreword.

This is the only authorised biography of the band, written with the cooperation of Zal Cleminson, Chris Glen, Hugh McKenna and Ted McKenna.

Also on sale: Alex Harvey: Last of the Teenage Idols – an elegant limited-edition photobook, now available in Softback and eBook editions

SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band
By Martin Kielty with Zal Cleminson, Chris Glen, Hugh McKenna and Ted McKenna
Foreword by Joe Elliott of Def Leppard
ISBN 978-1-291-43212-1
208pp, colour cover
RRP £15


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