Andrew Jackson is the author of the 1965: THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY YEAR IN MUSIC, WHERE’S RINGO?, and STILL THE GREATEST: THE ESSENTIAL SONGS OF THE BEATLES’ SOLO CAREERS.
Jackson has written for Rolling Stone, Yahoo!, Slate’s “Blogging the Beatles,” Baseline Studio System, music magazines Burn Lounge, Mean Street, and Dispatch, and copyedited the Hollywood monthly magazine Ingenue. He directed and cowrote the feature film The Discontents starring Perry King and Amy Madigan and served as actor Jeff Bridges’s development associate at AsIs Productions. He lives in Los Angeles.
Check out STILL THE GREATEST websites http://www.solobeatles.com and http://www.facebook.com/solobeatlebook
STILL THE GREATEST has been recommended by USA TODAY, excerpted in ROLLING STONE.COM, and nominated for the ARSC (Association for Recorded Sound Collections) Best Research in Recorded Rock Music Award. Check out the links here:
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Two notes on “1973”–Montreux is in Switzerland, not France (scene of Smoke on the Water). Also, Mitch Ryder’s band was the Detroit Wheels–not Detroit. Saw them live opening for the Dave Clark Five in July 1966 in Baltimore. I had front row center seat and Mitch kept singing to me (pretty 18-year-old girl). However, I was mad for Mike Smith of DC5 and kept looking into the wings for his arrival. I’ve been a rock fan since 1965, saw lots of front row concerts (had a friend who worked in the box office) and did Woodstock, Atlantic City Pop, etc.
Thank you, Gena! You’re right about Switzerland! Although Mitch Ryder did have a band called Detroit after the Detroit Wheels. Wikipedia says “Detroit (a.k.a. The Band Detroit, so as not to be confused with the city of Detroit) was a spinoff of rock group The Detroit Wheels. This revised version of that band was formed by Mitch Ryder as a successor to The Wheels in 1970.” Sounds like you got to be there for the best era in live rock!