Official biography of Slade’s Don Powell to be published - personal appearances this weekend
’Look Wot I Dun’, the new biography of Slade drummer Don Powell, written with his friend, journalist Lise Lyng Falkenberg, will be published on October 14.
"This book is not a flimsy biography pieced together in three months by a ghost writer " says Lise. "It is a thorough account of Don’s life, not just as a Slade drummer, but as a person who has had to overcome huge obstacles in his life in order to get to where he is today. The book is based on more than 50 hours of interviews with Don as well as 20 years of diaries and interviews with and contributions from 28 of Don’s friends, colleagues and family members".
PRE-PUBLICATION BOOK SIGNINGS & CHARITY TEA EVENT
Don has announced two early book signings, together with a charity "Tea with Don Powell" event
•Book signing - Waterstones, Wolverhampton - Friday 4 October at midday to 1pm
•"Tea with Don Powell" event - Connaught Hotel, Wolverhampton - Friday 4 October 3pm onwards
•Book signing - Waterstones, Walsall - Saturday 5 October at midday to 1pm
BOOK SIGNING AT WATERSTONES, WOLVERHAMPTON
The first book signing will be take place on Friday 4 October 2013 at Waterstones, 13-15 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3NP at midday til 1pm (shop telephone number 0843 290 8701). This signing will be an early opportunity to purchase Don’s book. Don will be accompanied by Lise.
CHARITY "TEA WITH DON POWELL"
There will also be a totally separate event. It’s a question and answer session later that day in the Connaught Hotel, Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4SW. This event, at which will Don will be discussing his life with Clive Eakin of BBC Coventry & Warwick will be called "Tea with Don Powell" - and will be run in support of the National Autistic Society (which Don supports). Please note: The Connaught Hotel is currently changing it’s name - by the time the event takes place it will be called the Quality Hotel, Wolverhampton.
Tickets are £10 (which includes Tea,Sandwiches & Cake and can be purchased here
•Attendees can complete question cards before the event - and hand them in for Don to answer during the Q&A. So get thinking of those questions that you’ve always wanted to ask him!
•Afternoon tea and cakes will be served during the event (as part of the entrance fee) - but for those drinkers attending, the bar will also be open.
•Don is keen to revisit The Connaught Hotel, as he played there numerous times with the ’N Betweens in the 1960’s... Slade historian Chris Selby calculates that Don played at the Connaught Hotel 41 times in all (with The ’N Betweens, Ambrose Slade and Slade). His last performance there was before Slade released Get Down and Get With It...
Prior to this event, Don launches ’Look Wot I Dun’ at Waterstones Bookshop, Woverhampton between midday and 1pm.
Lastly, on Saturday 5th October 2013, Don will be at Waterstones Bookshop Walsall, again between between midday and 1pm, to sign the book.
Full details on all the above can be found at Don’s Official website.
Don has so many interesting stories to tell, it’s bound to be a great read and is a must for the Slade fan in your life!
All of the albums that he recorded with Slade and a number of fine compilations are available on Salvo. Click here for details.
Slade night on BBC 4
It’s Slade Night on BBC 4 tonight, starting at 9pm. The biggest Black Country band of them all will feature in well over three hours of rocking documentaries and vintage movie gold. The night kicks off with the 1999 documentary It’s Slade, followed by a brand new, specially commissioned documentary called Slade @ the BBC, featuring archive material not seen on UK television since the original transmissions. Then, at 10.50, there will be a screening of what is universally regarded as one the finest rock movies ever made, Slade In Flame.
9pm - It’s Slade - documentary about the band
9.50pm - Slade At The BBC - compilation of appearances on the BBC introduced by Noddy Holder
10.50pm - Flame - The major motion pic from 1974
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