Rock Firsts


From the highly respected music writer Patrick Humphries, author of recent biographies on Nick Drake and Richard Thompson, comes a unique and fascinating collection of rock facts and trivia. The book covers every 'first' in the music industry since the beginning of popular music. First singles, albums, venues, number one songs, band names, soundtracks, TV appearances, etc. Where else could you learn that The Ramones' album only took thirty minutes to record and that Paul Simon's debut cost only £60 to produce? That the first American artist to cover a Beatles song was Del Shannon; that the first pop act at the Royal Albert . Hall was an NME Poll Winners concert featuring Eric Delaney and Dickie Valentine; that the first Wembley gig featured Screaming Lord Such, that the first four letter word on a British record was recorded by Al Stewart? The list goes on...