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Procol Harum: The Ghosts Of A Whiter Shade of Pale

Procol Harum: The Ghosts Of A Whiter Shade of Pale

Formed in the 1960s, Prog Rock British group Procol Harum are best known for their multi million selling single A Whiter Shade of Pale which is the most played record by a British artist of the last 70 years. Features exclusive interviews with band members Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher, Robin Trower, Dave Ball, Mick Grabham, Geoff Whitehorn, Chris Copping and Dave Bronze. Also includes interviews with Led Zeppelin s Jimmy Page, film director Alan Parker, as well as former managers, DJs and many others.

Tells the story of their formation in Essex in the 1960s, their split on their tenth anniversary in 1977 and their reforming in 1991. Gives details of one of the costliest court cases in British music history whereby a judge awarded a 40% share in the copyright of A Whiter Shade of Pale, to a former organist of the band. Lead singer Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid always claimed credit for the hit, which became part of the soundtrack of 1967. But in his ruling, the judge decided that organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to both credit and royalties. Brings the story right up to date with detail of their album releases and tours over the last decade.

340 pages

Price: £19.95.  $29.00


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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

"This excellent book covers Gary Brooker's early R'n'B group, The Paramounts, all line ups of Procol Harum, Gary's solo ventures and his side excursions with other well-known musicians such as Eric Clapton and Bill Wyman. Procol Harum's ground-breaking concerts and recordings with Classical Orchestras and Choirs are also described in meticulous detail in this well researched offering. Henry Scott-Irvine must be congratulated on delivering the best musical biography which I have ever read. He doesn't shy away from covering the bitter court case concerning the composing rights to A Whiter Shade of Pale. However for anyone that thinks that A Whiter Shade of Pale was the be all and end all of Procol Harum, think again. There are too many musical gems to name them all. They include A Salty Dog, As Strong as Samson, Pandora's Box and The Blink of an Eye. With interesting insights from Martin Scorsese, Sir Alan Parker, Jimmy Page and Sebastian Faulks this is a must for your bookshelf."
- Amazon
"As a fan of Procol Harum from the minute I heard the opening notes of "A Whiter Shade of Pale" in 1967...I have waited a long time to learn more about the band. This book met all of my expectations: from the birth of the Paramounts, through the court battle over song credits...to the latest updates on Gary and the boys. This was the first time I was able to get the full story on the sad end to B.J. Wilson"s life...a most remarkable drummer! Read this book, break out the records and enjoy."
- Amazon