Come and Get These Memories: The Story of Holland-Dozier-Holland – by Eddie Holland and Brian Holland with Dave Thompson (Omnibus Press)
Brian Holland, Edward Holland, and Lamont Dozier, known as Holland-Dozier-Holland or H-D-H, were the greatest songwriting team in American pop music history. Seventy of the songs they wrote reached the Billboard Top 40, with 15 of these reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.
No other songwriting team or individual has come close to equaling, let alone surpassing, this record. They’ve been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. As tunesmiths for the legendary Motown Record Corporation, and for their own corporations, Invictus Records and Hot Wax Records, they wrote and produced hits for Diana Ross and the Supremes, including “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “I Hear a Symphony,” “Come See About Me,” “Back in My Arms Again” and “Reflections.”
Now the legendary composers are ready to reveal the inspirations and stories behind their chart-topping hits, providing millions of fans with the first complete history of their songwriting process, and detail the real-life experiences that led them to write each of their most famous tunes. They will also reveal their creative and intimate relationships with Motown’s biggest stars.
available now from Amazon and everywhere!
Read Adam White’s review and interview with Dave Thompson here
Paul Simon FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Legendary Singer and the Iconic Songs Paperback – October 15, 2019
by Dave Thompson (Backbeat Books)
Here is a fascinating, all-encompassing journey through the life and career of one of America’s most influential, and literate, songwriters.
Beginning with Simon’s earliest days as an aspiring teenage idol and Tin Pan Alley songsmith,Paul Simon FAQ takes readers through Simon’s sometimes tempestuous relationship with singing partner Art Garfunkel, with whom he established the most popular musical duo in rock history.
The book goes behind the scenes of Simon’s groundbreaking work at the forefront of world music and follows him to his emotional 2018 final concert before his retirement-from performing live.
In addition, Paul Simon FAQ features chapters dedicated not only to Simon’s music but also his stage, screen, and television work, his devotion to charity, and more. Influences such as Bob Dylan, the Everly Brothers, and the Child Ballads are examined, while his songwriting is documented not only through his own recordings but also those of the myriad other artists who have covered his compositions. Fact-filled sidebars serve up a wealth of statistics and lists. In short, Paul Simon FAQ is the ultimate guide to the consummate performer.
pre-order from Amazon here
On Sale Now – up to 40% off (almost) everything!
David Bowie, New Order, the Fall, Fruits de Mer, Seance at Syd’s, Otway-Barrett, Julie Driscoll, the Cure, Suede, 10cc, Psychedelic Furs, John’s Children, Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Eno, the 1972 ICES Festival, The Who, Glam Rock, Industrial Rock, Britpop, Space Rock, Two Tone, Progressive Rock, Gothic Rock, Doctor Who, ex-League football…
Search Dave Thompson (and make sure you get the right one!) here