Rock Roadie: Backstage and Confidential with Hendrix, Elvis, The Animals, Tina Turner, and an All-Star Cast

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Macmillan, Aug 31, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
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Rock Roadie takes you on an exclusive all-access tour of more than thirty years on the road with the biggest names in rock ’n’ roll.

            As a roadie for some of the world's greatest music stars, James “Tappy” Wright has seen and done it all. He was there at the beginning when The Animals were formed and when they recorded their anthem, “The House of the Rising Sun.” He was there when an unknown guitarist called Jimi Hendrix played to a handful of listeners in a smoky New York club and the next day, recorded one of his biggest hits, “Hey Joe.” And as tour manager and often close confidante, Tappy has looked after superstar Tina Turner and her fiery husband, Ike, on tour, worked for Gene Vincent, helped to trap an egotistical Little Richard in an elevator, and hung up on Elvis for impersonating . . . Elvis.

            Packed full of conspiracy theories, truths finally told, and previously unheard anecdotes, Rock Roadie is a gripping and hilarious read that blows open the world of rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, including an explosive revelation about the mysterious circumstances of Hendrix’s death.


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Review: Rock Roadie: Backstage And Confidential With Hendrix, Elvis, The "Animals", Tina Turner, And An All Star Cast

User Review  - Adrian Wilding - Goodreads

Great insight to life on the road with top artists of the swinging 60's!! The piece about the death of Jimi Hendrix was astounding!! Read full review

Review: Rock Roadie: Backstage And Confidential With Hendrix, Elvis, The "Animals", Tina Turner, And An All Star Cast

User Review  - Steve Wright - Goodreads

This is the best, most interesting, insightful book I have read. No story is left untold, even some most people would keep to themselves. Tappy tells of exploits while being a roadie for some of the biggest names in music back in the days when music was good. Read full review


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James “Tappy” Wright has worked with rock legends such as Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix, Little Richard, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, and Carl Perkins as roadie, tour manager, and friend. He divides his time between Florida and his native Whitley Bay in North East England.


Rod Weinberg is a veteran music biz manager, film producer, agent, and entrepreneur. For the benefit of music lovers, he persuaded The Animals to re-form for their 1983 world tour.


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