Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful

Steve Marriott: All Too Beautiful

by Paolo Hewitt, John Hellier

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Steve Marriott was one of the music world's most extraordinary individuals, A supremely gifted songwriter, singer and … schemer. A vocalist from the same mould as Rod Stewart, Eric Burdon and Steve Winwood … but arguably the greatest white soul singer of them all. Marriott never held back from anything, least of all his music, his vocals always possessed an intensity, clarity and maturity that at the time were unmatched by any other singer.

His band The Small Faces were the first to be banned from Top of The Pops and were deported from Australia at gunpoint. Steve's next group Humble Pie ruled the stadiums of America but the money earned was diverted by mafia associates and he returned to the UK broke and on the run from the Taxman. In later life he struggled with schizophrenia but always continued playing - blistering gigs in front of small audiences in the pubs and clubs around London. Recently reunited with his old Humble Pie sparring partner Peter Frampton, he was on the verge of a comeback when he was tragically killed in a housefire, aged 44-years-old. A huge influence on a new generation of musicians from Paul Weller to Noel Gallagher, due to his death, Marriott has perhaps not been granted the status in Rock 'n' Roll's pantheon that he deserved. A major reassessment is long overdue. Marriott was simply one of the greatest rock stars of all time.

“An exhaustive account of the East End musical maverick, it spans his beginnings as a child prodigy, his memorable work with arch top Mods the Small Faces, and all the way through to his later work with Humble Pie, his subsequent solo career and untimely death in 1991.” Gary Crowley

“A riveting account of the singer’s life, crammed with entertaining stories of
rebellion and debauchery and insightful historical background… Compulsive
reading.” The Daily Express

“One of the best books I’ve read about the backwaters of rock music.” The Daily Mail

“A wonderfully researched, eminently readable appreciation of the creative force behind the Small Faces and Humble Pie, who created some of the finest pop, rock ’n’ boogie music of his generation.” ***** Classic Rock

All Too Beautiful traces Marriott’s mercurial career from his upbringing in postwar, bomb-damaged London to his cocaine-ravaged demise in a fire at his Essex home in 1991, aged 44. Revealing… sympathetic, long overdue.” **** Uncut

“Ultimately, this is a complex story of extraordinary talent, missed chances, exotic highs and frightening lows… This comprehensive biography of Steve Marriott is as close as we’re going to get to extracting the truth about Britain’s finest white-soul exponent.” ***** Record Collector

“Compelling reading.” **** Mojo

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910570692
Publisher: Dean Street Press
Publication date: 09/07/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 681,354
File size: 985 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paolo Hewitt brought black music to the NME, and penned the sleevenotes to the Oasis mega hit 'What's The Story Morning Glory'. His other books include 'The Beat Concerto: The Story Of The Jam (1985); 'Getting High: The Story Of Oasis' (1999) and 'Paul Weller: The Changing Man' (2007). John Hellier is a Small Faces expert and editor of 'Here Come The Nice: A Small Faces Songbook.'

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements--Those Who Have Served Usxvii
Part 1From Absolute Beginnings19
Chapter 1Things Are Going To Get Better21
Chapter 2Give Her My Regards29
Chapter 3The Words Of Fools43
Chapter 4Almost Grown49
Chapter 5Call It Something Nice53
Chapter 6Donkey Rides A Penny A Glass61
Part 2The Wizard of Mod71
Chapter 7Grow Your Own73
Chapter 8It's Not What You Do81
Chapter 9Something I Want To Tell You91
Chapter 10E Too D95
Chapter 11Here Comes The Nice101
Chapter 12Shake113
Chapter 13Talk To You129
Chapter 14Patterns135
Chapter 15Happy Boys Happy145
Chapter 16If I Were A Carpenter159
Part 3Heavy Makes You Happy183
Chapter 17What You Will185
Chapter 18The Buttermilk Boys213
Part 4Saylarvee?223
Chapter 19Singing The Blues225
Chapter 20Lend Us A Quid245
Chapter 21The DT's265
Chapter 22All Or Nothing285
Chapter 23The Big Train Stop291

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