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Procol Harum Formed in the 1960s, 'Prog Rock' British group Procol Harum are best known for their multi million selling single A Whiter Shade of Pale which is the most played record by a British artist of the last 70 years. Full description


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  • Relié: 340 pages
  • Editeur : Omnibus Press (15 novembre 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1780382332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780382333
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,8 x 16,4 x 3,3 cm
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For more about the biography of Procol Harum (Press reviews, radio programmes, videos, photos, book launch, where to buy it at Amazon globally, etc) GO TO > http://procolbook.blogspot.co.uk/ < CUT AND PASTE THIS INTO YOUR BROWSER

Author Henry Scott-Irvine has a background in music and arts documentaries as well as presenting and producing a weekly radio show for Resonance 104.4 fm London. His TV/DVD programme credits include Punk Attitude, Elton At 60, Classic Albums, Status Quo The Party Ain't Over Yet, John Lennon Night, Madonna Night, Michael Jackson Night, Music Of The Millennium aka The Top 100 Albums, and The Top 40 TV Music Moments, amongst others. Henry is now writing another book and is hoping to get some music documentaries funded.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this very well written book about The Rise, Fall and Rise... of Procol Harum
and their early days in Southend-On-Sea, when they were known as The Paramounts, backing Sandie Shaw!

I found the strange story behind their Big Hit "A Whiter Shade Of pale" (i'll bet you a bottle of Whisky,
you know the song... Oh Yes you do!) and Matthew Fisher's claim on his co-authorship on it after all these
years... absolutely rivetting and puzzling...

Most of the pics included in the book i had never seen either!

If you've ever lived by the sea... Get This Book!
(and if you've never lived by the sea, Get This Book Anyway!
And then you'll ache to hear those melancolic songs...
"A Salty Dog", "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", "Hamburg", "Conquistador", "Shine On Brightly", "Repent Walpurgis" ...
And then you'll be hooked... and spooked by those melodies.
You'll want to move to the sea and listen to those seagulls again...
Since i've read this entertaining book, i can't stop listening to their 2 first albums non-stop...

This book is written by a Fan no doubt! and it shows!...

Thoroughly Enjoyable and Simply Wonderful.
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A Comprehensive History of one of Rock's Most Important and Least-recognized Bands 4 mars 2013
Par Bert Saraco - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Forever changing the face of pop music when they burst onto the scene in 1967 with the mega-hit, A Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum remains one of the more important - if least-recognized - forces in the evolution of rock and roll. The profound effect of their aforementioned iconic world-wide hit song not only served to propel the band into the public's consciousness but also became the albatross that would overshadow the rest of the band's fine work and lead to a bitter court case some 38 years later.

Author Henry Scott-Irvine's comprehensive history and homage to Procol Harum captures the flavor of the mid-sixties, tracing the beginnings of Procol Harum as far back as Gary Brooker's first group, The Paramounts - a local R&B cover band. Eventually landing a recording contract and gaining high praise from The Rolling Stones and other up-and-coming rock bands, The Paramounts nevertheless ended and Brooker focused on song writing. Brooker eventually partnered with lyricist Keith Reid - a pairing that would lead to the creation of Procol Harum as a vehicle for the unique songs that were emerging from their combined efforts. The Brooker/Reid formula still works to this day, as the book's author points out - but it's a story full of personnel changes, money problems, questionable management and seemingly frequent bad luck. Scott-Irvine also takes us behind the scenes as Procol Harum pioneers orchestral rock and hints at the the roots of progressive rock by introducing a 17 minute opus on their second album. By the book's end we're brought right up to the current incarnation of the band, a capable and congenial musical unit touring the world, dispelling ghosts as they go.

The book is highly readable, full of facts and well-illustrated with rare photos (in black & white and color) that cover the entire length of Procol Harum's career, right up to the present. Scott-Irvine assembles quotes and reminiscences culled from exclusive interviews with band members spanning Procol Harum's 40 year-plus career, including comments from Brooker, Reid and Matthew Fisher. Fisher, of course, was the man behind the Bach-inspired Hammond organ on A Whiter Shade of Pale and the initiator of the lawsuit disputing the authorship of that famous organ line and whether or not financial compensation was owed for more than three decades of royalties. This dilemma remains a point of contention that still stirs discussion throughout the band's sizable fan-base (partially represented by the impressive website, Beyond The Pale, found at [...] ) and is treated fairly here, complete with the inclusion of court documents in the appendix section of the book. Like Monsieur R. Monde, spectral subject of the Procol Harum song of the same name, the ghost of A Whiter Shade of Pale persists to this day.

A key factor in the story of Procol Harum has much to do with the popular culture of the era into which the band was born. At a time when pop groups were supposed to be cheery mop-top lads that huddled together and produced bouncy hit singles, Procol Harum was a group that wouldn't compromise musical integrity, featured obscure, poetic lyrics over love songs, rejected the idea of corporate 'cuteness' and would end up replacing members fairly frequently before groups like Steely Dan did the same as a matter of course.

Procol Harum - The Ghosts of A Whiter Shade of Pale is a fine book for anyone interested in the music of the classic rock era, with 'cameo appearances' by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other up-and-coming rockers of the day, quotes from the likes of Jimmy Page and a foreword by no less than Martin Scorsese! The legacy of stunning music by Procol Harum lives on to this day. Thankfully, we can read the book and also go see these masters of classic rock in concert, doing what they've always done best, and A Whiter Shade of Pale is only one small part of the package, as the author clearly shows. Recommended reading for fans, rock historians, and anyone interested in an inside look at how the music business isn't always as simple as it seems on the outside.

Bert Saraco
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A MUST FOR YOUR BOOKSHELF! 5 mars 2013
Par John W. D. Bobin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I just cannot understand the one strangely poor review by Richard Allan Strelitz which is absolutely at odds with the very good reception this wonderful biography has received in the UK and in the other Amazon.com reviews. It has also been much appreciated by Amazon.co.uk reviewers and has been lauded elsewhere on the Internet. This excellent book covers Gary Brooker's early R'n'B group, The Paramounts, all line ups of Procol Harum, Gary's solo ventures and his side excursions with other well-known musicians such as Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman. Procol Harum's ground-breaking concerts and recordings with Classical Orchestras and Choirs are also described in meticulous detail in this well researched offering.

Henry Scott-Irvine must be congratulated on delivering the best musical biography which I have ever read. He doesn't shy away from covering the bitter court case concerning the composing rights to A Whiter Shade of Pale. However for anyone who thinks that A Whiter Shade of Pale was the be all and end all of Procol Harum, think again. There are too many musical gems to name them all. They include A Salty Dog, As Strong as Samson, Pandora's Box and The Blink of an Eye. With interesting insights from Martin Scorsese, Sir Alan Parker, Jimmy Page and Sebastian Faulks this is a must for your bookshelf. Rush out and buy this book right now. You will not regret it.

As for the review by Mr. Strelitz I remain dumbfounded. I can only assume that he either got out of bed on the wrong side that morning or he has not seen the same book that the other very appreciative readers have enjoyed.

Mr Scott-Irvine's book really is informative and is an extremely good offering from a man who has had a close relationship with Procol Harum for many years.
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Procol Harum finally get the outstanding biography they deserve! 5 mars 2013
Par William Hein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
I've been a fan of Procol Harum since I first heard "Whiter Shade of Pale" on AM radio over 45 years ago and have followed their career closely ever since. I thought I knew a lot about this classic (literally) rock group. Until I read this well-researched book, that was.

Scott-Irvine tells the band's history from their R&B cover band days as The Paramounts - with some fascinating context on the arrival of the Rock 'n' Roll disease in England via the Kursaal Amusement Park in Southend-on-Sea (Liverpool, of course, was the other English entry point for American R&R) - through lineup changes, break ups, ups, downs, hits, misses, recording sessions, tours, trials (again, literally not just metaphorically) and triumphs.

Reading the book inspired me to put the fine Procol Harum CD remasters that came out in the UK a few years ago back into iPod rotation. What a stellar body of work. I sometimes wonder why Procol wasn't bigger than they were. Virtuoso musicianship (Matthew Fisher, Robin Trower, Mick Grabham and BJ Wilson take a bow), Gary Brooker's fantastic voice, great songs.

(The 'lost' third verse of "Whiter Shade of Pale" is in the book and I'll still don't really know what that song is about!)

Highly recommended to hard core fans and the just curious.
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Excellent read fro Fans both old and new 4 mars 2013
Par Jon Kirkman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
If there is one song that everyone will know by Procol Harum then it is A Whiter Shade of Pale. Of course there is so much more to the band than A Whiter Shade of Pale but the title certainly grabs your attention by virtue of it's familiarity.
Let's get this straight from the start though; this is NOT a book for Procol Anoraks. No, it is a book that is incredibly easy and enjoyable to read whether you are a rabid Procol fan , and there are many out there, or just a casual observer. The text throughout is incredibly well researched and brings to light interesting facts such as Procol Harum were due to play at Woodstock; something I never knew I imagine that if they had as Robin Trower comments, the bands lives would have been a lot different.But the minutia aside it is a book that easily draws you in as the story itself is an interesting one.

Henry Scott-Irvine has turned in a book that manages to straddle that difficult line in that it will please those "Diehards" who have been fans since the sixties and you are in good company as the film director Martin Scorsese is one such fan. Or you can come to the book merely knowing A Whiter Shade of Pale and the book is still an interesting and enjoyable read. One thing this book will do is drive you back to the music and music that covers a great deal of time and also ground bearing in mind that the strands of Procol Harum touch other bands and artists including, Robin Trower, Led Zeppelin(Page wanted Barrie Wilson to drum for Zeppelin) and Eric Clapton.

I was so impressed I bought a copy for a friend for his birthday and he was suitably impressed. I think this book is definitely one of the great Rock Biographies but then Procol harum are one of the Great Rock Bands. This book most definitely does the band proud.
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Long overdue story of forgotten classic icon. 28 juillet 2013
Par ralfonso - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Procal Harrum was one of the more adventurous British bands of the late 60's-70's.An
early version of the band recorded the most played song in radio for the past 70 years
that being,"A Whiter Shade of Pale".The author does a good job following the early
beginnings of the band up to it's current lineup.One can't say enough about Gary Brooker the lead singer ,pianist and composer of 90% of the songs.He is one of the
great singers of this era.Keith Reid was the lyricist and his images are sometimes
literal but often times trancendent and evocative.Procol was one of the first bands
to record a 17 minute opus titled In Held Twas in I showing it's classical leanings.One
must also mention the contributions of organist Matthew Fisher who was there from
the beginning and finally was recognized for a writing credit for Whiter shade after
40 plus years.One chapter devoted to the court proceedings during 2005-2009 .

The author had access to all the major players and songs are discussed with Brooker
Fisher and Robin Trower.There is no tales of drugs and orgies with the exception
of Brooker's bitterness of Fisher getting a 25% composers credit for Pale.He said
he didn't do it for the money but for the historical recognition.

There is a nice discography featuring all the recordings of each band member.
I saw Procol 4 times (with Trower,Grabham, and Whitehorn as guitarists) and
once with Ringo Starr's band with Jack Bruce and Peter Frampton and Gary Brooker
was never less than outstanding.
Garry Brooker and Keith Reid are the two constants in this saga which hopefully
will continue.
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