REVIEWS OF SLADE BOOKS
    Chris Charlesworth - Slade - Feel the Noize.
    Lise Lyng Falkenberg / Don Powell - Look Wot I Dun: My Life In Slade.
    Noddy Holder - Who's Crazee Now?
    Noddy Holder - The World According To Noddy.
    Dave Hill - So Here It Is.
    Edmundson / Selby - The Noize - The Slade Discography.
    Ian Edmundson - Slade: Six Years On The Road.
    George Tremlett - Slade.
    Bravo Scrapbook - Slade.
    Alan G Parker and Steve Grantley - Cum On Feel the Noize.
    Tony Charles - Slade In 1969
    Tony Charles - Slade In 1970
    Tony Charles - Slade In 1971
    Tony Charles - Slade In 1972
    Tony Charles - Slade In 1973
    Tony Charles - Slade In 1974
    Slade!
    The Slade Papers
    Daryl Easlea - Whatever Happened To Slade?
    Slade In Flame At Fifty
    Arthur Miller - Slade.





 

 












 

 

 

 

 

Chris Charlesworth

Chris Charlesworth - Slade - Feel the Noize.

This authorised book is generally regarded by all who have seen a copy as 'The Slade Bible'. The four members of Slade and their late manager Chas Chandler co-operated fully with it. You get the full story up to 1985, pretty much in their own words, as Chris Charlesworth got the stories from them.

It is thought / said that they later looked back on the book as possibly revealing too much, but there's nothing at all in there that does them any discredit. It is lavishly illustrated and practically every question you could have asked about Slade's career up to then is answered honestly and endearingly.

An update of this book would be a wonderful thing, but the rights to re-publish passed away with Chas Chandler and so it is not possible to put the book out again. It can fetch a decent price on the internet auction sites, but is really very well worth tracking down.

Who' Crazee Now?

Noddy Holder - Who's Crazee Now?

Written with writer Lisa Verrico, this autobiography was the first of the books from a Slade member. Noddy Holder comes across as a normal, well-adjusted man who has been there, seen it and done it all. There's a basically chronological history from his childhood, his teens and his early groups. I still have lots of questions for him, but that's not because he has left any sizeable gaps in the book.

Noddy does tell a few tales that are probably in there to shock the reader a little, but it's a damned good read and would take some topping.

Don Powell

Lise Lyng Falkenberg / Don Powell - Look Wot I Dun: My Life In Slade.

If any book is ever going to top Noddy Holder's 'Who's Crazee Now?' then it is this one. Lise Lyng Falkenburg did an exemplary job of getting Don Powell's life story from him and he tells it with bewildering honesty and candour.

His life in Slade has seen ups and downs and the downs were absolutely catastrophic. Several myths about the band are blown apart by this book. While he doesn't analyse their split in painstaking detail, the truth is in there and he has no problem telling it.

Don Powell for a very long time had the reputation of being the nicest man in rock.
This book tells you why. It is now the Slade book to try to beat.

The World According to Noddy Holder

Noddy Holder - The World According To Noddy.

Noddy talks about anything and everything. He seems to get some pet peeves of his chest and despite taking a slightly scattergun approach to topics, this book is well-written and an engaging read.

So Here It Is..

Dave Hill - So Here It Is.

If you thought Don Powell's book was honest and open, then you won't be prepared for this book. Dave Hill's childhood was far from idyllic, as his mother suffered from a couple of mental disorders that have left their lasting mark on the guitarist, who later suffered with depression. He talks about this and you just feel sad for him. He also relates the Slade story in a very personal way and you do maybe warm to him slightly after reading the book. You get an amount of his personal life, but I felt that he did pull the shutters closed when he feels he is letting too much out. One thing that was promised quite pointedly to readers that didn't materialise was the true story of the end years of Slade. We were promised we would get an account of that period in some detail and sadly, or understandably, he almost avoids the subject and skips over it as quickly as he can.  Perhaps he was warned off from putting it in print.

It may not tell you masses about Slade, as he doesn't comes across as having driven their career or having put a lot of deep thought into his own work life until recent years. That aside, this is a good book about Dave Hill and what makes him tick.

The Noize.

Edmundson / Selby - The Noize - The Slade Discography.

The author's page for this book is here. This is the only book that has concentrated in any detail on Slade's discography. There was a fan club book that amounted to a list, but as good as that was at the time, it doesn't really count. The second edition of The Noize ran to 300 pages, with a full study of their discography and a list of fan names to the rear.

Slade: Six Years On The Road

Ian Edmundson - Slade: Six Years On The Road.

 

The author saw the band almost fifty times and took his camera to a large number of shows. This book is the result of those trips out and of those great shows. One to sit down and pore through with Slade On Stage blaring away in the background.

The author's page for this book is here.

George Tremlett - Slade

George Tremlett - Slade.

Published around the time of Flame, This was the first major book about Slade and fans lapped it up and still quote from it today. Maybe it contains a few tiny errors, but it is, like all of Tremlett's formulaic efforts, detailed and informative.
Bravo Slade

Bravo Scrapbook - Slade.

Collected Slade content from the German magazine Bravo, covering their entire career. All written in German. Reassuringly expnsive to buy, this goes for bigger money on Ebay. Came with a numbered card and poster.
Feel The Noize

Alan G Parker and Steve Grantley - Cum On Feel the Noize.

Alan confirmed to me that the text of this book was severely edited down by management and the publisher, which is a great pity. The authors had access to some great photographs that hadn't been seen since the early 70's.

Alan is one of the better writers to deal with the story of Slade and it's a shame his work was effectively cut in half.

SLADE 1969 TONY CHARLES

Tony Charles - Slade In 1969.

This book does seem to lean heavily on Chris Selby's research into Slade gigs from painstaking trawls of various newspaper archives. It does admit this, however, also mentioning that the 'Slade 1969 and all that' page was a big source of information and inspiration. Apparently the page owner (Chris Selby) couldn't commit to joining in on the book when it was in preparation.

The content? Day by day gig adverts where found, some interviews, record releases with brief detail. 128 pages.

The gig advert illustrations are really very well restored, and look wonderful, compared to the originals that can be seen on the net. There is an amount of info in the book that is not on the 1969 page and the book promises to be part of a series. If this happens, it will be interesting to see what the content consists of.  Well worth buying.

Slade in 1970

Tony Charles - Slade In 1970

The story goes on into the next year and this book provides a wealth of previously unearthed Slade historical material that I hadn't seen, or thought that I would see.

There are a lot of gig adverts sourced from newspaper archives and the book details the record releases from the year, without going into too much detail and doing the work of a discography book. Again, there are some interviews from the time, venue photos for those who want them and it is a really excellent chronology in a pocket-sized paperback.

Well worth buying.

Slade In 1971

Tony Charles - Slade In 1971

I was quite surprised to see this book come out so quickly after the others, so I am led to assume that the author has got them all already written and is letting them into the world avery month or something like that.

There is no shortage of detail. Everything I would expect to be in the books pretty much is there. Again, the image restoration looks superb and I imagine that this alone has taken quite an amount of time.

It occurs to me that these books are mainly aimed at the niche market of 'real Slade fans', as they wouldn't really work for casual buyers. There's lots and lots of detail, but casual buyers would want more 'story' laid out for them. These seem to aim at representing the day to day history of the group. The story is certainly there, but to get the most from a book like this you need to have a degree of background knowledge. Well worth buying.

Slade In 1972

Tony Charles - Slade In 1972

This volume is the thickest of the series so far, weighing in at 172 pages. Again, there's lots of content that was totally new to me. I may have known about most of these live show dates, but the illustrations throughout are excellent. These books don't go into any biographical detail, (but Daryl Easlea's book is on the way) but they do tell the story of Slade in the most vivid visual way.

In this book, Slade are begiining to break through and grab two number one albums and a few number one singles.

Slade In 1973

Tony Charles - Slade In 1973

Another thick volume. Lavishly illustrated, lots and lots of information.
A great series of books.

Slade In 1974

Tony Charles - Slade In 1974

Another thick volume. Lavishly illustrated, lots and lots of information.
A great series of books.

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Daryl Easlea - Whatever Happened To Slade?

Omnibus - Publication awaited 2022.

This is the project that started as 'Nobody's Fools' by Dick Porter. That project was abandoned, but Daryl Easlea is now on the case with a revised title.

Slade In Flame At Fifty

Chris Selby / Ian Edmundson - Slade In Flame At Fifty

Currently in the planning stages for 2024 release.

Slade!

Slade!

Slade! - Music sales brochure / biog and sheet music versions.

The version to get is the one with the sheet music included. A mainly pictorial potted history of Slade. Slightly more content than a tour programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Slade papers.

The Slade Papers


Collected fan club magazine newletters from 1971 to 1976.
Indispensible. Follow Slade's progress through the newsletters.

The worst Slade book of all time.

Arthur Miller - Slade

There really are not the words to describe this awful book. It's just a cut and paste from a Wkipedia entry (which is now far more up to date on the Wikipedia site) and a collection of random images from a Google search.

Completists only.
Now out of print.

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