Hannes A. Jonsson

Don't Stop the Music: The Bay City Rollers on Record

(First Printing)

Main Details
About/Subject Bay City Rollers
Author Hannes A. Jonsson
First Printing
Identifying Codes
Format Paperback
Publication Location Europe
Page Count 252 pages
Language English
(H × W × D)
Chapters Seventy-Five - a preface.

Part 1: The Bay City Rollers:
To Begin With.
Keep on Dancing.
We Can Make Music.
Saturday Night.
Summerlove Sensation.
All of Me Loves All of You.
1974 UK Tour.
Bye Bye Baby.
Shang-A-Lang (TV)
Once Upon a Star.
1975 UK Tour.
Give a Little Love.
America, incl. discography.
Money Honey.
Wouldn't You Like it?
Rock & Roll Love Letters.
Love Me Like I Love You.
I Only Wanna Be With You.
Japan, incl. discography.
It's A Game (45)
It's A Game (LP)
You Made Me Believe in Magic.
The Way I Feel Tonight.
Strangers in the Wind.
All of the World is Falling in Love.
Shoorah Shoorah For Hollywood.
Turn on the Radio.
Burning Rubber.
Life on the Radion.
No Doubt About it.
Piece of the Action.
Live in Japan.
Love in the World.
Party Harty.
Flower of Scotland.
The Very Best of.
The Greatest Hits.
A Christmas Shang-A-Lang.
Live at Barrowland 2015.

Part 2: Ex-Rollers.
Nobby Clark.
Alan Longmuir.
Rosetta Stone Mk 1
Ian Mitchell Band
Rosetta Stone Mk 2
Pat McGlynn.
Leslie McKeown - Egotrip.
Duncan Faure.
Rollin' in the Free World.

Part 3. Odds 'n' Ends:
Bill Kimber.
George Spencer.
Phil Wainman.
Tam Paton.
Alan Merrill.
German Discography.
UK Discography.

Notes For better or for worse, and probably for the first time ever, the Bay City Rollers’ records and their music are the focal points of this meticulous study by BCR aficionado Hannes A. Jonsson.
And through it all, the band’s often unbelievable story is recounted via series of ill-fated reunions and consequent break-ups.
Furthermore, lesser-known solo careers and side-projects are also visited, and so are several old acquaintances and collaborators of the group.
Detailed discographies and set lists are included as well.

www.goldminemag.com Review by Dave Thompson, January 11, 2019:

Hannes A Jonsson
Don’t Stop the Music: The Bay City Rollers on Record (book)

It’s not a CD box set, but it should be.  The career of the Bay City Rollers means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, not all of it pleasant, and the truth is, there is some truly execrable music bound up in it.  
But of all the bands whose sound is synonymous with a certain facet of the seventies, the Rollers certainly maintained one of the most dynamic streaks of singles of the age – and that includes the early non-hits that didn’t even feature their most famous frontman; the later years (ditto) as they strived for rock relevance; and even a few of the post-fame spin-offs that likewise signally failed to sell at the time.
Of course this book is a labor of love – that’s the point of self-published books.  But it’s also a story that demanded to be told.  The Rollers have of course been documented across a stream of titles, but the emphasis has always been on the cultural/commercial phenomenon of their mid-70s peak, and the peculiar emotions that they aroused in their fan base.  
Don’t Stop the Music, on the other hand, is focused only on the music, in the form of a 252 page annotated discography, itself dissected to a level that few other artists have been blessed with.  A band history naturally unfolds alongside the details, but again the emphasis is on the music as opposed to the mayhem, and you’d need a stoney heart indeed not to look to Youtube at least a few times while you’re reading about the songs.  Shimmy shammy shong, indeed.
The Rollers’ own story is the heart of the book, but the same amount of detail and background is also expended across the various spin -offs… solo careers for Nobby Clark, Les McKeown, and Pat McGlynn; a new band for early members Billy Lyall and David Paton (remember Pilot?); and probably deserving a book of his own, the post-Rollers life and times of Ian Mitchell, whose late seventies chart successes with Rosetta Stone and the Ian Mitchell Band were then crowned with La Rox – positively the greatest glam rock band of the pre-Sexagisma eighties, and from whence future Fastway guitarist Lea Hart sprang.  (Alongside former Adverts/Gen X drummer John Towe, and adult film doyen Ben Dover.)  
La Rox never got a record out, and anybody seeking even a taste of their sound would need to seek out sundry earlier releases by Hart’s various bands (Slowbone, the Roll Ups), the Ian Mitchell Band’s “Jailbait” b-side, a couple of the Rollers’ own numbers… it’s tricky, but Jonsson shows you the way.  And it will be worth it.  La Rox remain one of the greatest bands you probably never heard.
Worldwide discographies of the Rollers, and a plethora of record sleeves, reproduced in full color, add to the book’s allure, and again, the only thing that’s missing would be a box set to mirror its contents.  How about it… someone?


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