Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy – The Musical Journey of Free and Bad Company has been nominated for the 2021 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded
“Without a doubt, this could well be one of the finest books of 2020!” Strutter Magazine
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy is, much like the artist it writes about, brilliant.” New Sounds Magazine
Celebrating 50 years since the release of ‘All Right Now’, and Free’s classic album Fire and Water, this official book features hundreds of contributions from fans, musicians and, of course, Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke.
In their careers beyond Free, Rock ‘n Roll Fantasy follows the band members’ journeys via an oral history of eyewitness accounts and memories, incorporating Bad Company, The Firm, The Law, Queen and other projects.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy features previously unseen photos and rare, collectable memorabilia from the late-sixties British blues boom to the present day.
Passion, excitement, and emotion are the words that keep cropping up in the pages of this book. The music that Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke have created, solo, as part of Free, Bad Company, Queen and other outfits has deeply touched and affected the lives of so many people.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy is an outpouring of the stories and eyewitness accounts of concerts and precious moments experienced by fans and musicians who literally can’t get enough of their music.
And the love and respect for Paul and Simon in these pages is also directed at Paul Kossoff, Andy Fraser, Mick Ralphs, Boz Burrell and many more musicians. They have all contributed to the unique-sounding blues rock that the various bands have performed and recorded so brilliantly over more than half a century.
From Paul Rodgers’ Road Runners in the early 60s to his most recent Bad Company and the Spirit of Free tours, the quality of the music has remained undiminished. Paul Rodgers is the epitome of the rock god but, as the stories in this book will attest, the most approachable and generous of rock stars. It is no surprise to discover that the loyalty of the fans contributing to this book is so unwavering.
From the Nag’s Head in Battersea to Madison Square in New York City, this is the journey made by Free, Bad Company and the rest and described by the people who were there…
David Roberts is the author of music locations guidebooks Rock Atlas UK and USA and the biography of Stephen Stills: Change Partners. Farther back in time, he was editor of the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, Managing Editor for Rockopedia, Quarto / Firefly’s Rock Chronicles and content writer and film maker at the O2’s British Music Experience in London.
Publication date: 29 October 2020
Hardback £19.99 – Special Edition £45.00