Despite being an old book, this remains a must-have for any
fan. It was the first time anyone had actually researched the story
of the band in detail and a lot of new facts came to light. Chris had
the full co-operation of the management and most of the band, and the
benefit of a full-time picture researcher from the publisher who
unearthed a lot of rare material.
Running alongside the text and pictures was a concert guide, based on
previously unearthed tax records!
Because at the time the group were still disbanded, interviews were a
lot more candid than they might have been just a couple of years later.
Sadly the book was printed in Italy and the printers later lost the
film work used to make the printing plates. The publishers decided it
would be uneconomic to redo the book, and so it went out of print. In
2004 the DPAS purchased the copyright to the text from Chris, and
incorporated some of this into the book for the EMI 6CD box set. It
is planned to publish this book separately shortly.
Copies of the book do turn up for sale, it's often worth checking the
music section of second-hand book shops too.
There was a Japanese edition which was the same layout but with the
text translated, and a dust-jacket.