Synopses & Reviews
Back in the year 2000 a teacher called Garry Freeman was running a Drum Circle for hearing impaired children in Bradford. His drumming idol was Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer fame. On the principle of nothing ventured, nothing gained, he asked him along to a lesson. Palmer, being a nice guy, said yes, and this was the start of a friendship. Freeman had always wanted to write a book about the band, but everyone said there was no way ELP would ever cooperate: they were supposed to be aloof superstars, after all. Don't ask, don't get: Garry asked and Garry got. Their New York management company was really helpful and got him access to the band who were, in his words, 'perfect gentlemen'. The result is a unique book, which analyses every gig they did in the 1970s, plus comeback concerts. Garry was at some of the UK ones, but he has spent countless hours listening to records (some bootlegs - after all, his other book is the Bootleg Guide)and watching DVDs. This is one for the fans only, but there are plenty of them, ELP are huge amongst prog rockers. The forums are already buzzing with anticipation about this book. In addition to Garry's words, the management company has been really accommodating, as has Tony Ortiz, official archivist of the band. They have provided rare photos and memorabilia including one of the band's gig riders and even instructions to the roadies on how to build the stage. This really is one for ELP fans to treasure.