For Don Powell, though, success came at a price. Lucky to survive, the aftermath of his accident included alcoholism, financial woes and a life of reckless promiscuity. Now sober and settled in Denmark with an adopted family of his own, Don Powell s story as told to Lise Lyng Falkenberg is a no-nonsense journey to the heights and depths of the rock world. The Boy From Bilston. Becoming A Vendor. N Between Times.
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Powell did, however, return to being the rhythmic powerhouse behind Slade's catchy anthems until their split in , before he moved on to other fascinating projects. Now sober, happily married and living in Denmark, Don Powell has survived his rise to the pinnacle of rock fame and fall to the depths of grief and amnesia. His intensely personal story is a unique document of his struggle to rediscover himself and rebuild his life after his stellar celebrity status suddenly turned into tragic loss and despair.
Fans of Slade and hard rock in general will be continually intrigued and fascinated by the story of a musician's tragic accident, and his journey to rebuild his life.
Plagued by amnesia, Don Powell has praised author Lise Falkenberg for piecing his diaries together into a coherent narrative whose twists and turns are fitting for a life dominated by rises and falls. Please Note: By their very nature, all signed books will have been handled several times before they get to you. This may result in small marks to the dustjacket and title page, please also bear in mind that each signature will be a little different from the one we show here.
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Lise, who writes this book from time spent with Don Powell and his diaries has told the story perfectly, the ups and downs. Sadly how quickly you can be at the top, and fall so quickly. The severe arguments as usual about money, who has the right to use the name Slade, all comes down to egos, travelling and of course getting older. Although Don Powell and Dave Hill still to this day travel around the world touring as Slade it really is not the same without the two songwriters Jimmy Lee and Noddy Holder, and of course Noddy Holder's great voice.
I admire Don and Dave but both in their 70's still glam rocking Just not sure But Slade will always be a great memory of my youth Four Stars Don Powell seemed the genuine nice guy of Slade and an honest guy. Jan 09, Nigeyb rated it liked it. I grew up with Slade and bought all of their classic s singles with my pocket money as a year old glam fan. Two things emerge, Don has had more than his fair share of setbacks and problems, and he is also probably one of the nicest men in music, certainly the nicest member of Slade.
In , after Noddy Holder and Jim Lea had quit the band, Don and guitarist Dave Hill continued as the core of a second version of Slade that continues to this day. Don and Dave have to keep earning.
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Noddy was not interviewed for this book and his voice is conspicuous by its absence, and some of the comments about Jim are a bit disparaging. It is, however, too long and too detailed. It could have lost about pages and that would have made it a more compelling read. I was delighted that the book has a feel good ending.
Don is now settled with a new family and seems to have conquered most of his demons, and learned to deal more ably with his amnesia. View all 6 comments.
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Feb 26, Elisabeth Haljas rated it it was amazing. Such an interesting book! It really draws you into it and makes you feel like you're living it all alongside Don and his bandmates. Amazing to see that connection with so many other bands and musicians who I listen to from their beginning times. Definitely a must read for any Slade fan. Really gives an insight to what it means to do what you love, and do it with passion, through difficulties and ease. Such a good book.
Mar 01, Graham Benfield rated it it was amazing.
I can honestly say it's so refreshing to read a biography that is not an ego trip or something to settle old battles. Mar 27, D A Fisher rated it it was amazing. Loved this ,brought back memories of when I was younger listening to slade. To read what happened to the group in private was great. Great to see it worked out well for Don. Apr 10, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: biographies , memoirs.
The best of the Slade and 70s biographies I've read. It's honest frank and unlike the Noddy Holder biography is warts and all. It's a great insight into fame fourtune and then loss and building your life back again. It also shows the inequality of bands where the writers get the spoils and yet if you believe the band is s combination of parts how the non writers lose out hence why Slade 2 exists because Don and Dave only get money by touring. Good descriptions of the perils of drinking and Rick The best of the Slade and 70s biographies I've read.
Good descriptions of the perils of drinking and Rick n roll life and of course in dons case living with amnesia from his car accident that nearly killed him and killed his girlfriend. Excellent book