Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The Action book, ‘In The Lap of The Mods' - Coming Soon

 The Action book will be available in two editions: 

Hardcover Edition

This large format (US Letter size) cloth bound book with over 200 pages printed on high quality 170grm paper, features: 

The Action's story told in full detail for the first time ever based on dozens of interviews and extensive research. 

Contributions from all original band members - Reggie King, Michael Evans, Roger Powell, Pete Watson and Alan King, in addition to Ian Whiteman and Martin Stone.  

Comment from well known Action fans and contemporaries Pete Townshend, Paul Weller, Peter Banks and Phil Collins, along with other key music industry figures. 

Foreword by Sir George Martin CBE. 

Over 200 colour and B&W images, many of which are reproduced for the first time, including: 

• Previously unseen informal and promotional photographs of the band

•Publicity material, including rare press releases, flyers and posters

•Rare items of memorabilia, such as gig posters, handbills and fan club material

•Single releases, acetates and recording session sheets from Abbey Road Studios 

An in-depth account of the Birdcage Club in Portsmouth, a legendary Mod venue and Action stronghold, together with a full gig listing of who played there. 

A comprehensive list of every track ever performed by the Action, whether on stage, TV, Radio or on record. 

Accounts of the Action live at venues across the UK and Europe, including recollections from fans in Holland and former regulars at such iconic clubs as the Marquee, the Goldhawk, Watford Trade and the Cavern in Liverpool. 

Original gig and record reviews from the music press. 

The full story behind the original Action line-up's reformation in 1998. 

Special Edition 

This special edition includes the following exclusive bonus items (neither of which will be made available or sold individually), each housed along with the hardcover book inside a presentation slipcase:  

•An incredibly rare and previously unreleased one-track 7 inch single of 'Why Do You Wanna Make Me Blue' - an exact replica of a single-sided acetate / demo the Action recorded for an unsuccessful audion for Decca on 31 May 1965, prior to them signing with George Martin's A.I.R. company. This precious nugget represents the earliest known recording of The Action. 

 •'Where The Action Is’ – a comprehensive chronology of the history of the Action - a daily diary of events, gigs played, appearances on TV and radio, record release / tour dates / chart positions and details of every recording session at Abbey Road, supplemented with press articles, gig adverts and additional items of rare unseen memorabilia and ephemera not included in the hardcover edition of the book. Also included in this paperback volume is an extended Action family tree (from 1961 to the present day) and a full discography of the band. 

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