Every now and then I’ll try out a paragraph from this new book and invite comments. So here goes:
“During the Rendezvous and Birdcage days, very few of the British bands played ‘original’ material – the majority of R&B, soul and blues bands, covered American recordings for most of their set. John Mayall frequently wrote original lyrics but mainly in the form and style of the post-war 12-bar blues, Chris Farlowe’s material included songs by contemporaries like Jagger & Richards but on the whole the range of acts, whether Downliners Sect, Graham Bond, the Vagabonds, the Action, or Geno Washington found their live material on others’ records – even when as with the Action, their arrangements and style brought something unique to the covers. The Who, like the Beatles, were an exception from their fairly early days with some fine Townshend-penned singles, and so too Ray Davies with the Kinks. Locally, very few Portsmouth bands were playing any original songs as 1967 arrived – they were generally expected to cover well-known material in whatever genre – but that would change quite soon for some of them”.