Biography on the British blues-rock band FREE For the first time, a beautifully crafted book has painted a landscape of the tumultuous rise and fall of the premier blues-rock band Free. Written by David Clayton and Todd K. Smith, the narrative guides the reader through the foundation and early influences that inspired four young musicians to combine forces and plunge headlBiography on the British blues-rock band FREE For the first time, a beautifully crafted book has painted a landscape of the tumultuous rise and fall of the premier blues-rock band Free. Written by David Clayton and Todd K. Smith, the narrative guides the reader through the foundation and early influences that inspired four young musicians to combine forces and plunge headlong into the late sixties revolving music scene. Entitled Heavy Load, this 300-page epic catalogues the long months of a struggling band playing smoke filled pubs eventually winning an overwhelming fan adoration. It marks the heady days of having a hit single and album, which eventually lead to the inevitable first split in 1971. The short-lived splinter bands, KKTR, Peace and Toby, are explored and the reasons for Frees reformation in 1972 explained. This volume runs right to the very end of their career in 1973 and into the early exploits of Bad Company, Sharks and Back Street Crawler leading inevitably to the tragic death of Paul Kossoff in 1976, the true end of Free. Their legacy lives on through musicians as diverse as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Black Crowes, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller and Gov't Mule, all who have sighted them as a major influence. Their mentor, Alexis Korner, called them "The last major band to come out of the sixties", and famed producer, Al Kooper hails them as "The greatest band that ever lived"....
|Title||:||Free: Heavy Load|
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|Number of Pages||:||274 Pages|
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Free: Heavy Load Reviews
Painstakingly researched using intimate inside knowledge, interviews, and just about anything ever previously published, Clayton doesn't hold back on the warts and all, yet remains lovingly empathetic and largely without judgement. There is copious photos of the band, the individual members, and those close to the band, from photoshoots, performance, candid moments, family, memorabilia, outakes and precious sweepings from the cutting room floor. The book looks closely at the pre Free years, the coming together of this uniquely talented and remarkably youthful ensemble, the spectacular, euphoric rise and equally spectacular and gut wrenching fall, and also at the post Free activities of the members although this comes mostly to a grinding halt with the death of Paul Kossoff, certainly in terms of anything particularly relevant to Free.As appreciation of the contribution and legacy of Free has grown in recent years, Clayton's book has become the definitive written chronical, there's really nothing missing, it's all here bar the music itself, but that's for the reader to sort out.
Free are my 3rd all time favorite band. They are/were such an underrated band, and this book shows it. Heavy Load tells the full story. It leaves no stone unturned. Full of highs and lows, this book is great from page 1-300. A must have for fans of classic rock. Free are much more than some one hit wonder who did the song "All Right Now".RIP Paul Kossoff