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: