Dave Thompson’s Books

Photo0003English author Dave Thompson has spent his entire working life writing biographies of other people, but is notoriously reluctant to write one for himself.  Unlike the subjects of some of his best known books, he was neither raised by ferrets nor stolen from gypsies.  He has never appeared on reality TV (although he did reach the semi finals of a UK pop quiz when he was sixteen), plays no musical instruments and he can’t dance, either.

However, he has written well over one hundred books in a career that is almost as old as U2’s… whom he saw in a club when they first moved to London, and memorably described as “okay, but they’ll never get any place.”  Similar pronouncements published on the future prospects of Simply Red, Pearl Jam and Wang Chung (oh, and Curiosity Killed The Cat as well) probably explain why he has never been anointed a Pop Culture Nostradamus.  Although the fact that he was around to pronounce gloomily on them in the first place might determine why he was recently described as “a veteran music journalist.”

Thompson was born in Bideford, Devon; raised in Hoo St Werburgh, Kent; and schooled in Bournemouth, Dorset.  He gravitated to London in time to catch the last days of glam rock (and once had the trousers to prove it), and he remains convinced that “American Pie” was written by Fanny Farmer and is best played with Meatloaf.  He lists his five favorite artists as old and obscure; his favorite album is whispered quietly and he would like to see Richard and Linda Thompson’s “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight” installed as the go-to song for the sad, sappy ending for every medical drama on TV.

Sylvain Sylvain, Kurt Cobain, Phil Collins, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, David Bowie, John Travolta, Eric Clapton, Jackson Browne, Bob Marley, Roger Waters and the guy who sang that song in the jelly commercial are numbered among the myriad artists about whom Thompson has written books.  He is editor of Goldmine magazine’s best selling range of American record price guides, and has been a regular contributor to Alternative Press, Mojo, Record Collector, Melody Maker and ZigZag, among many other publications.

His non-musical output includes titles on The Rocky Horror Show, Robin Hood, Jack the Ripper, Doctor WhoThe Twilight ZoneSouth Park and a number of numismatic and philatelic titles… which surprises anyone who knows him only for pop groups.  In addition, a reprint of his novel To Major Tom debuted Foruli Books’ fiction line. And he once wrote a book called I Hate New Music.  Because he often does.

2017 – Jack the Ripper FAQ (Applause)

2017Goldmine’s Essential Guide to Record Collecting (F&W Media)

2017The Avant-Garde Woodstock – the International Carnival of Experimental      Sound, 1972 (Createspace)
2017The Avant-Garde Woodstock – the International Carnival of Experimental Sound, 1972 (second ed) (Lulu)

2017Robin Hood FAQ (Applause)

2017Goldmine Record Album Price Guide Ninth Edition (F&W Media)

2016An Accidental Musician: The Autobiography Of Judy Dyble (with Judy Dyble) (Soundcheck)

2016Eldritch Abbeys and Wyrd Ruins (photos) (Createspace)

2016What Do I Do Now?: Listening to Britpop – Twenty Years Back (Createspace)
2017What Do I Do Now?: Listening to Britpop – Twenty Years Back (revised ed) (Lulu)

2016The Rocky Horror FAQ (Applause Books)

2016The Freakiest Show – the Armchair Guide to David Bowie Cover Versions, 1964-2016 (Createspace)
2016The Freakiest Show (Revised and Updated Edition) 1964-2017 (Createspace)
2017The Freakiest Show (Revised and Updated Edition) 1964-2017 (Lulu)

2016Standard Catalog of American Records 1950-1990 Ninth Edition (F&W Media)

2016Goldmine Jazz Album Price Guide Third Edition (F&W Media)

2016Britcoms FAQ (Applause Books)

2015A Seance at Syd’s: An Anthology of Modern Acid-Folk-Haunt-Psych-Prog-Space-Radiophonic-Rock Etcetera Quotes (hardback) (MegaDodo)
2015A Seance at Syd’s: An Anthology of Modern Acid-Folk-Haunt-Psych-Prog-Space-Radiophonic-Rock Etcetera Quotes (paperback) (Createspace)
2017 A Seance at Syd’s: An Anthology of Modern Acid-Folk-Haunt-Psych-Prog-Space-Radiophonic-Rock Etcetera Quotes (revised ed) (Lulu)

2015Time & Some Words – the Anthology of Prog Rock Quotations 1969-1976 (Createspace)
2017Time & Some Words – the Anthology of Prog Rock Quotations 1969-1976 (revised ed.) (Lulu)

2015The Twilight Zone FAQ (Applause Books)

2015The Spirit Of Hawkwind 1969-1976 (with Nik Turner) (Cleopatra Books)

2015Haunted America FAQ (Applause Books)

2015Goldmine Record Album Price Guide Eighth Edition (F&W Media)

2015Football FAQ (Applause UK)
2015Soccer FAQ (Applause USA)

2015Death Toll (fiction: by Gareth Tudor-Rose) (Createspace)

2014If You Dig Cliff Richard… Here’s 100+ Albums You’ve Gotta Hear (Createspace)

2014South Park FAQ (Applause)

2014Sherlock Holmes FAQ (Applause Books)
–       Sherlock Holmes FAQ (Barnes & Noble)
–       (trans) Russian

2014Robert Plant: The Voice That Sailed the Zeppelin (Backbeat Books)

2014Peter Frampton – the Ultimate Listening Guide (e-book)

2013Doctor Who FAQ (Applause Books)
–      Doctor Who FAQ (Barnes & Noble)

2013The Mothers of Invention – the Ultimate Listening Guide (Part One: 200 Motels and more) (e-book)

2013The Clash – the Ultimate Listening Guide (e-book)

2013Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall (Backbeat Books)
–        (trans) Polish

2013Robyn Hitchcock – the Ultimate Listening Guide (Part One: 1976-1996) (e-book)

2013Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac – the Ultimate Listening Guide (e-book)

2013Mike Oldfield – the Ultimate Listening Guide (Part One: Tubular Bells to Voyager) (e-book)

2013The Ladies of Storyville (Createspace)

2013June 1st 1974: Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Eno, Mike Oldfield and Robert Wyatt: The Greatest Supergroup of the Seventies (Createspace)
2017The Greatest Supergroup of the Seventies (revised ed) (Lulu)

2013John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers – the Ultimate Listening Guide (Part One: the London Years) (e-book)

2013Joe Meek – the Ultimate Listening Guide (e-book)

2013If You Like True Blood (Limelight)

2013If You Like Bob Marley (Limelight)

2013Goldmine Record Album Price Guide Seventh Edition (F&W Media)

2013George Harrison – the Ultimate Listening Guide (e-book)

2013Fire and Wine – An Armchair Guide to Steve Ashley (Createspace)
2016Fire and Wine – An Armchair Guide to Steve Ashley (updated ed) (Createspace)

2013Essentially Elvis – the Ultimate Listening Guide (e-book)

2013Eric Clapton – Give Me Strength: the Ultimate Listening Guide (Part One: 1973-1977) (e-book)

2013Emerson, Lake & Palmer – the Ultimate Listening Guide (e-book)

2012Welcome to My Nightmare: The Alice Cooper Story (Omnibus)
2013 – audiobook (Audible Studios)
–       (trans) Portuguese (Brazil)
–       (trans) Swedish

2012Standard Catalog of American Records Eighth Edition (F&W Media)

2012Music On Film: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Limelight)

2012If You Like Led Zeppelin… (Backbeat Books)

2012Hearts of Darkness:… the Birth of the Singer Songwriter (Backbeat Books)

2012A Kind of Love-In – the story of Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & the Trinity (e-book)

201210cc – The Cost of Living In Dreams (Createspace)
201610cc – The Cost of Living In Dreams (revised/updated editon) (Createspace)
201710cc – The Cost of Living In Dreams (revised/updated edition) (Lulu)

2011Joan Jett – Bad Reputation (Backbeat Books)

2011Thin Lizzy – Ultimate Listening Guide (e-book)
2012Thin Lizzy: The Boys Are Back – The True Story (Abstract)

2011Status Quo – Ultimate Listening Guide (e-book)

2011Patti Smith – Dancing Barefoot (Chicago Review Press)
2016Patti Smith – Dancing Barefoot (updated edition) (Chicago Review Press)

2010Bayou Underground (ECW)

20111000 Songs That Rock Your World (F&W Media)

2010TV Smith – TV Times 30th Anniversary Edition (Createspace)

2010The Sweet – Blockbuster (Cherry Red)

2010Ozzy Osbourne: Wit & Wisdom (F&W Media)
–      (trans) Finnish

2010Children of the Revolution: The Glam Rock Story (Cherry Red)

2009Fierce Fiction: Dickens, Ainsworth, Bulwer and Thackeray in the Shadows of Newgate Prison (Createspace)

2009Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell: The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop (Backbeat Books)
2013Dangerous Glitter (Veneta – Brazil)

2009Suede – Armchair Guide (Createspace)
2017The Next Life, First Time Around (revised edition) (Lulu)

2009Sparks – #1 Songs In Heaven (Cherry Red)

2009London’s Burning: True Adventures on the Front Line of Punk (Chicago Review Press)

2009John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett: Beatback (Createspace)
2017They Did It Otway: Otway-Barrett in the Seventies (Lulu)

2009Footnotes from the Archives of Oblivion (Createspace)

2009Official Heavy Metal Book of Lists (contributor) (Backbeat Books)

2008I Hate New Music: The Classic Rock Primer (Backbeat Books)

2008Doctor Who: Eclectic Gypsy (CGP)

2007Black and White and Blue: Adult Cinema from the Victorian Age to the VCR (ECW)

2007The Little Black Book of Music (contributor) (Cassell Illustrated)

2007The Who – Searching for the Young Mod Rebels (Createspace)

2006Bob Marley – Critical Review (Classic Rock)
2012Bob Marley – The Ultimate Listening Guide (e-book)

2006Hallo Spaceboy: The Rebirth of David Bowie (ECW)

2006The Jeff Beck Group – Truth (Cherry Red Books)

2006Marc Bolan – A Critical Review (Classic Rock)

2006The Rolling Stones – Critical Review (Classic Rock)

2005Cream – World’s First Supergroup (Virgin Books)
2010Cream – How Eric Clapton Took the World By Storm (revised/updated edition) (Virgin Books)

2005The Cure: Inbetween Days (Helter Skelter)
2016Forty Years of In Between Days: Listening to the Cure, 1977-2017 (Createspace)
2017Forty Years of In Between Days: Listening to the Cure, 1977-2017 (revised edition) (Lulu)

2005New Order – Armchair Guide (Helter Skelter)
2016A Legacy in Wax: Listening to Joy Division and New Order, 1976-2016 (Createspace)
2017A Legacy in Wax: Listening to Joy Division and New Order, 1976-2017 (Lulu)

2005Genesis: Turn It On Again (Backbeat Books)

2005Lost in the Grooves (contributor) (Routledge)

2004Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water (ECW)
–      (trans) Finnish
–      (trans) Italian
(trans) Polish

2004Wheels Out Of Gear: 2-Tone, the Specials and a World in Flame (Helter Skelter)
2011Wheels Out Of Gear: 2-Tone, the Specials and a World in Flame (new ed) (Soundcheck 2011)
2017Wheels Out of Gear (2017 edition) (Createspace)
2017Wheels Out of Gear (revised edition) (Lulu)

2004The Psychedelic Furs – Beautiful Chaos (Helter Skelter)
2017The Psychedelic Furs – Beautiful Chaos (2017 Edition) (Createspace)
2017The Psychedelic Furs – Beautiful Chaos (revised edition) (Createspace)

2003Phil Spector – Wall of Pain (Sanctuary Books)
2004Phil Spector – Wall of Pain (Sanctuary Encore Books)
2005Phil Spector – Wall of Pain (updated edition) (Omnibus Books)

2003All Music Guide to Soul (contributor) (Backbeat Books)

2003The Fall – A User’s Guide (Helter Skelter)
2013The Fall – A User’s Guide (revised edition) (Createspace 2013)
2017Words of Expectation: Listening to the Fall (revised edition) (Lulu)

2002The Dark Reign of Gothic Rock (Helter Skelter)
2015The Dark Reign of Gothic Rock (revised edition) (Createspace)
2017In the Reptile House (revised edition) (Lulu)

2002The Beatles Digest Volume 2 (contributor) (Krause)

2002To Major Tom: Letters to David Bowie (fiction) (Sanctuary Books)
2003To Major Tom: Letters to David Bowie (fiction) (Sanctuary Books)
2013To Major Tom: Letters to David Bowie (fiction) (Foruli Books )

2002The Music Lover’s Guide to Record Collecting (Backbeat Books)

2002The Essential Listening Guide to Reggae & Caribbean Music (Third Ear/Backbeat)

2002AMG Guide to Rock (contributor) (Backbeat)

2001Funk – the Essential Listening Companion (Third Ear/Backbeat)

2001Bubblegum Music is the Naked Truth (contributor) (Feral House)

200020th Century Rock’n’Roll: Glam Rock (CGP)

2000The Beatles Digest (contributor) (Krause)

2000Alternative Rock: The Essential Listening Guide (Third Ear/Backbeat)

200020th Century Rock’n’Roll: Punk Rock (CGP)

200020th Century Rock’n’Roll: Pop (CGP)

2000The Mojo Collection (contributor) (Mojo Books)

1999Better To Burn Out – The Cult of Death in Rock’n’Roll (Thunder’s Mouth)

1998The Classic Rock Digest (contributor) (Krause)

1997The Goldmine Price Guide to the British Invasion (with Tim Neely) (Krause Pub)

1997Phish – Go Phish (St Martin’s Press)

1996Winona (Taylor Publishing)

1996Travolta (Taylor Publishing)

1995Punk Collectors Guide (CGP)

1995U2: The Making of the Joshua Tree (CGP)

1995The Cure: The Making of Disintegration (CGP)

1995Perry Farrell: The Saga of a Hypester (St Martin’s Press)

1994Space Daze: The History & Mystery of Electronic Ambient Space Rock (Cleopatra Books)
2009Space Daze: The History and Mystery of Space Rock (revised edition) (Createspace)
2017Space Daze: The History and Mystery of Space Rock (second edition) (Lulu)

1994Kurt Cobain – Never Fade Away (St Martin’s Press)
–        (trans) German
–        (trans) Italian
–        (trans) Japanese
–        (trans) Dutch
–        (edition) UK

1994Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward (St Martin’s Press)
–        (edition) UK

1993Price Guide to Collectible Records Third Edition (contributor) (Krause)

1993The Red Hot Chili Peppers: True Men Don’t Kill Coyotes (Virgin Books)
2004The Red Hot Chili Peppers – By The Way (fully upd and rev ed of 1993, Virgin Books)
–        (trans) Dutch
–        (edition) USA

1993The Industrial Revolution (Cleopatra Books)
1994The Industrial Revolution updated/revised 2nd Edition (Cleopatra Books)
2013The Industrial Revolution – Twentieth Anniversary Edition (Createspace)

1993Rod Stewart – Vagabond Heart (ghost: Geoffrey Giuliano) (Sidgwick & Jackson)
1993 – (hardback edition)
–        (edition) UK

1991In God We Rust – the Collectors Guide to Cull Coins (Ainsworth Press)

1991The Vaasa Plating Guide – stamps of the Finnish Civil War, 1918 (Ainsworth Press)

1991The Standard Catalog of Foreign Coins used in the United States (Ainsworth Press)

1991The 1991 US Soccer Yearbook – a statistical guide to the US international team until 1990 (private)

1991Philately at War – a catalog of wartime stamps and postal issues (Ainsworth Press)

1990The Mystery of the Kushans (Ainsworth Press)

1990A Century of Struggle – a numismatic history of the Irish “troubles” (Ainsworth Press)

1990The Most Beautiful Coin In The World – the story of the Maria Theresa taler (Ainsworth Press)

1990Monsters in the Mail – a catalog of philatelic dinosaurs (Ainsworth Press)

1990Those We Have Loved Volume Three (private)

1989Beyond the Velvet Underground (Omnibus Books)
–        (trans) Japanese

1989Newport County: The Team That Died of Neglect (private)

1989 – Newport County: The Team That Died of Neglect (revised edition) (private)

1989Bono – In His Own Words (Omnibus Books)
–        (trans) German
–        (trans) Serbian

1989A View of the Medway (private)

1988Those We Have Loved Volume Two (private)

1988Those We Have Loved Volume One (private)
2017Those We Have Loved: Casualties and Catastrophes of the Football League, 1888-1988 (Fully Revised Edition) (paperback) (Createspace)
2017Those We Have Loved: Casualties and Catastrophes of the Football League, 1888-1988 (Fully Revised Hardback Edition) (Lulu)

1988The Pogues (Babylon Books)

1988The Dire Straits Collectors Guide (Babylon Books)

1988The Cure Visual Documentary (Omnibus Books)
1993The Cure Visual Documentary (updated ed) (Omnibus Books)
–        (trans) Czech
–        (trans) German
–        (trans) Italian
–         (trans) Polish
–          (trans) Slovak

1988T’Pau (Babylon Books)

1988Kiss – Still On Fire (Caroline Books)

(trans) Swedish

1988Johnny Rotten In His Own Words (Omnibus Books)
–        (trans) Czech
–        (trans) Slovak

1988Babes in Arms – Manchester United and the Munich Air Disaster 1958 (private)

1987The Sixties – Hits & Pics (Telstar Books)

1987The Duran Duran Scrapbook Volume 8 (Babylon Books)

1987The Beastie Boys Scrapbook (Babylon Books)

1987Spandau Ballet Hits and Pics (Telstar Books)

1987Mel and Kim: Hits and Pics (Telstar Books)

1987Half Time: Football and the Cigarette Card (Murray Books)

1987Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Hits and Pics (Telstar Books)

1987Five Star: Hits and Pics (Telstar Books)

1987Feargal Sharkey (Bobcat Books)

1987David Bowie – Moonage Daydream (Plexus Publishing)

1987Chris DeBurgh: From a Spark to a Flame (Omnibus Books)

–   (trans) German

1987Children of the Revolution (private)
2013Hey!: The Story of Gum into Glam, 1964-1987 (revised ed) (Createspace)
2017Hey!: The Story of Gum into Glam, 1964-1987 (revised ed) (Lulu)

1987Callan – Episode Guide (private)

1987Bananarama: Hits and Pics (Telstar Books)

1986TV Smith – Life & Times (private)
2009TV Smith – Your Ticket Out Of Here (revised ed) Createspace)

1986Paul Young (Bobcat Books)

1986Echo and the Bunnymen (Proteus Books)

1986Depeche Mode (Bobcat Books)

1986Billy Idol (Bobcat Books)

1985ZZ Top – Elimination (Omnibus Books)

1985Tears For Fears (Bobcat Books)

1985Simple Minds – Glittering Prize (Omnibus Books)

1985Dead Or Alive (Bobcat Books)

1985David Lee Roth (Proteus Books)

1984U2 – Stories For Boys (Proteus Books)
1986U2 – Stories For Boys (Bobcat Books)
1987U2 – Stories For Boys updated edition (Omnibus Books)

1982John’s Children: Growing Up With (private)
1988John’s Children (condensed/revised ed) (Babylon Books)
2013John’s Children: A Midsummer Night’s Scene and Other Stories (revised ed) (Createspace)
2017John’s Children: A Midsummer Night’s Scene and Other Stories (revised ed) (Lulu)

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