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Alvin Lee & Ten Years After : Visual History Paperback – May 15, 2001


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Free Street Press (May 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970870000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970870001
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Ten Years After were thrust into the limelight following release of the Woodstock Festival film documentary in May 1970. Their set closing number, "I'm Going Home", remains as one of the most exhilarating rock performances captured on film. Many critics have said it was the Woodstock movie that "made" Ten Years After, however they already had a significant following on both sides of the Atlantic. It was the existing recognition which earned them an invitation to play at Woodstock. Their career actually began four years earlier when, like many other British groups of the period, they developed their skills while performing at clubs in Germany and Scandinavia. Ten Years After's first big success was a standing ovation from the 20,000 attending the 7th National Jazz & Blues Festival at Windsor, England in August of 1967. Within a year, rock promoter Bill Graham invited them to perform at his legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and word of the group spread like wildfire. It was not long before Alvin Lee became one of the most revered guitar players of the period and was nicknamed "Captain Speedfingers" for his incredible speed and dexterity. Ten Years After were in the thick of things throughout the exciting and formulative late 60's and 70's era of rock music. Their story offers an interesting and entertaining trip back to a period when there wasn't a drum machine or synthesizer to be found and the music was only as good as the band. Ten Years After met the challenge and they are still performing today.

About the Author

Herb Staehr lives in Massachusetts and has been following Ten Years After since the early days of the "Boston Tea Party" and the 1969 Woodstock Festival. His book draws upon his vast collection of concert recordings, posters, handbills, ticket stubs, magazines, books and photos - some of which are featured in the new Ten Years after "Live At The Fillmore East" audio CD booklet.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Rod Steanson on August 23, 2001
There are fans, and there are FANS. And after paying several thousand dollars at a London auction house, a couple of years back, for the Gibson 345 guitar used by Alvin Lee at the 1970 Isle of Wight festival, Massachusetts-based long-time Ten Years After fan, Herb Staehr, has most definitely earned his place in that latter category. But he didn't stop there. For during the last few years Staehr has been meticulously marshalling his extensive collection of TYA and Alvin Lee memorabilia into the production of this mightily impressive book - to the best of my knowledge, the first one ever written about either this seminal British band or its brilliant guitarist frontman. It is - as its title implies - primarily a photographic history of the development of TYA, from its early sixties roots as a three-piece teenage band known as The Jaybirds, to its evolution into the four-piece stadium supergroup of thirty years ago. And what astonishing photographs there are. Staehr has not only unearthed literally scores of rare and previously unseen photos of the band in its glory years, but also fascinating images of the aforementioned pre-TYA Jaybirds. Following the break-up of the band in the mid-seventies, he has produced here a comprehensive catalogue of pictures detailing the development of Alvin Lee's solo career right up to the present day. Photos of the various TYA comebacks and reformations are also included, as well as images relating to the solo careers of other band members. So, if its photos you want, there will never be a better place to come, or a better book to buy. They include not only the examples listed above, but concert posters, album sleeves, ticket stubs, magazine covers - you name it, it's here. But Staehr has also provided a wealth of literary information too.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Streng on June 27, 2007
I've been a TYA fan for 25 years. I own every album TYA and Alvin Lee has produced including seeing them when possible. All these years, it's been a search for more info on the band. Herb Staehr did an incredible job documenting the band and writing this book. It is certainly a must. The info you can pick up is priceless and really gets you "behind the scenes". You'll appreciate how hard the band worked, touring constantly and still produced some of the greatest rockin blues ever. Thank you Herb. Many links have spawned from the excellent book which have led to many live show recordings and web sites out there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Museum Man on January 29, 2009
This book is not for everyone. However, the legions of Alvin Lee and Ten Years After fans will surely enjoy cruising the pages of this offering. If you are expecting a long detailed biography of Alvin Lee, Leo Lyons, Ric Lee and Chick Churchill, you won't find it here. The biography section is a mere 11 pages long.
What you will find is an extensive history of the travels and shows this dynamic band has performed. It is filled with notes, reviews and articles from some of the top music magazines. There is page after page of great rare concert photos, concert posters, magazine covers, and promotional shots (my only wish that these would have been printed in color).
Herb Staehr was obviously a true fan and it shows in the way he assembled this tribute.
There is precious little available in print today about this great band and Mr. Staehr has captured the excitment that they generated.
If you love the music of Alvin Lee & Ten Years After, this book is for you.
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There is little to none written about this great band so it's a must have regardless of the content. Good stuff
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Alvin's life in photos from the start ...
you may listen to "recorded live" while you read the book, to feel the intense life it was in the seventies.
we were lucky to live these
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The book is fantastic. Well-thought out and put together nicely. I love the pictures. It takes me back to the pleasant time of my life....when i first heard Alvin Lee.
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By Tina on March 9, 2014
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What a fabulous book! The author did a great job captivating the chronology and concerts in the life and times of 10 Years After. Nice tribute to Alvin Lee.
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A great read. Loaded with reviews from 1967 - today. Also, chronicles the bands concerts. Rare photos. Being a huge Alvin Lee fan, this was an absolute feast.
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