Wow can't believe four and a half years have passed since we first heard about Bobby's book. Where on earth does the time go, and why on earth hasn't it come to fruition yet?! Last I heard, it was finished and he was looking for a publisher, but reading back here, that was two years ago.
I have 'Through The Ages Vol.1', there was no Vol.2, and this book seems to only cover photos of the group from their pre-Hollies days through to around 1966. There's no text as such, it's just a picture album, but there's some interesting and unusual photos in there. It pops up from time to time on eBay, which is where I got mine from.
Bobby actually mentioned on a Melbourne radio station interview conducted in December last year that he'd completed it and given it the working title 'It Ain’t Heavy, It’s My Story: My Life and The Hollies' - and he mentioned it was 75,000 words.
And it seems that publisher Omnibus has pretty much stuck to that - I see that British book chain Waterstones has gone ahead and put this info out early. Set for release on 2 April 2020 - 224 pages - I'll shout myself this as my birthday present as the April Fool that I am!
It's great that this is finally coming out - given Bobby has been writing diaries for decades, this text is sure to contain a wealth of new detail on all facets of the band's life. As it's through Omnibus, I suspect it will be more serious in tone, and far less likely to contain a plethora of salacious tales that he doubtless would possess.
224 pages seems very short for a book covering a 55+ years career, but I'm still looking forward to it.
I would imagine 60% will cover the 1940's to 1960's, 30% the 1970's to 1990's and the 21st Century taking up the last 10%. And certainly nothing remotely "salacious" in there. Given he's written a diary, I trust there will be a few interesting tales/insights we've not heard before. Didn't I read somewhere around here that Graham Nash also keeps a diary but regrets not doing so during the 1960's?
No I haven't, but a quick search reveals it was actually published on 4th April 2019... and contains just 58 pages! She seems to have very quickly written/published at least 50 books, though I suspect her "research" doesn't go much further than wikipedia:
Since I posted it yesterday on here and various related groups on Facebook, the book has climbed from 53097 on the Amazon books bestseller list to 1282 today! Keep sharing folks and get the word out there. Typically the Hollies are underpromoted, so let’s hope that word of mouth can get around and ensure that Bobby gets a very good return on the book, and the profile of the Hollies can be raised further.
I see that the Amazon product details lists this as 336 pages, not 224 as originally stated, which is good news.
that's a bonus, tried to order on Amazon and it would not ship to Australia, so I found another book site that does thank goodness. Funny after so many years of talking about the book I thought it would never happen.