"Vic's book is an amazing read, full of his entertaining sense of humour and a reservoir of miscellaneous facts and tales of the studios and the musicians who made London such a fabulous place to be in the '60s. Miss it at your peril." - Pipeline (UK)
This book is by a musician who worked in every major recording and television studio in London during that wonderful musical period of the 1960s and 1970s.
One of the first call session guitarists in the UK, Vic Flick has a bounty of true stories. Stories of the drama and humor, the tensions and the rewards of working with first class musicians and internationally known artists in the world of recording, Television and Radio..
Vic Flick's connection with the James Bond films is legend. His guitar sound on the James Bond Theme stirred the hearts and imaginations of a generation. Here is a book that tells of the music business from the inside, about the music, the good and the bad business practices, the money, the agents and the managers.
From the Beatles to Nancy Sinatra, from Tom Jones to Dusty Springfield, it's all within the pages of Vic's autobiography.
This is a fascinating book concerning the life and career of a man who always wanted to make his living through playing the guitar. By no means a household name on either side of the Atlantic, we learn how Vic Flick nevertheless became the leader of the incomparable John Barry Seven and eventually "the" man to turn to for crucial studio recordings.
There is a vivid account of growing up in the UK during the Second World War before a brief attempt at a non-musical career faltered when the lure of playing music professionally proved too strong. The atmosphere of Butlins Holiday Camps at Skegness and Clacton in the '50s is perfectly captured as Vic becomes a member of Les Clark & His Musical Maniacs & The Vic Alan Quintet. We relive the days of endless tiring variety tours with The Bob Cort Skiffle group, leading to a meeting with John Barry on a Paul Anka tour which became the first big break for him when John later asked him to join the JB7.
There are tales of the nerve-wracking live performances on BBC TV's Drumbeat show, the series which introduced Adam Faith to the general public. Also the JB7 recording sessions at the famous Abbey Road Studios and at CTS Bayswater where the original version of The James Bond Theme was recorded and on which Vic played solor guitar. There is even an extract from his diary verifying the time and date on which the recording of probably the most famous film theme of all time took place.
The book is full of hilarious anecdotes of both off and onstage antics at pop concerts, characters he worked with at recording sessions at virtually every studio in London, the idiosyncrasies of the powerful session "fixers," and meeting and working with star names at both recording sessions and on TV shows during his lengthy career. There are also some poignant and moving moments too when we learn that the career of a freelance musician is not all roses, including the devastating moment when he eventually discovered he had been denied the chance to become "Britain's answer to Duane Eddy" when executives at EMI were told he was under contract to John Barry during the early '60s - which was not the case.
What is apparent throughout the book is the integrity and honesty of the writer combined with the support he has always received from his family. If you want to read a factual and absorbing account of the life of a professional musician during the heady days of the '50s, '60s and '70s, this book is thoroughly recommended.
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