Midnight Runners Young
by Richard White
Published - 10th October 2005 by Omnibus Press
ISBN - 1.84449.863.8
Despite writers of the
stature of Paul Gorman and Paolo Hewitt waiting in the wings to be given the nod for the official version and a good yarn
waiting to be told for the last twenty-five years, this is the first book to be published about Dexys Midnight Runners. Gorman,
in fact, was said to have finished his effort only for it to be left awaiting approval for release. Dexys fans had been asked
for contributions to Gorman's book only to be left, as in the Diana Ross song, still waiting...
While those responsible for the official biography hesitated, young Northampton upstart Richard White
managed to research write and publish his own effort. White, you see, is a fan. He saw a need, folowed his heart and got on
with the job. He must have known his book could never be the definitive article. Without the co-operation and contribution
of Kevin Rowland and other major players in Dexys history, White's book can't claim to tell the whole story. Nevertheless
this is a sterlng effort and one that deserves applause. White conducted new interviews with some former members of the band,
that of original saxophonist Steve Spooner being particularly enlightening, but the bulk of the book consists of a painstaking
trawl through the music press and internet websites for the juiciest and most relevant quotes. This means that lifelong Dexys
devotees will read little that is new to them but casual fans who always quite liked Come On Eileen and lived in ignorance
of the six or seven incarnations of Dexys Midnight Runners will finally be able to read at least a version of the story.
The Dexys tale is not one of musicians who went through the motions
and had a few laughs along the way, but rather one of soulful passion and unusual dedication to the ideal of producing music
precious and worth having. It's a tale of real sacrifce, hurt, tears and anguish. Despite this, I am yet to meet a member
of Dexys who isn't eternally proud of their musical achievements including the often-agonising Kevin Rowland himself.
Such achievement deserves to recieve tribute. Finally, here is a tribute to those who were involved in the creation of some
of the most intensely soulful music ever made. It's about time. Well done to Richard White.
[Review written by Eddie Metal]
The Team That Dreams In Caffs
By Geoff Blythe, Ian Snowball, Pete McKenna & Mike Laye
Published - 7th April 2014 by Countdown Books
ISBN: 978-0-992 830434
A brand new book telling the story of Dexys Midnight
Runners' early days and the recording of debut album "Searching
For The Young Soul Rebels" is out now.
book, entitled "The Team That Dreams In Caffs", which
has been written by Dexys sax man and co-founder Geoff Blythe together
with Ian Snowball and Pete McKenna features many rare and previously unseen black
and white pictures of the group taken by photographer Mike Laye.
KEEP ON RUNNING - THE DIRECTOR'S CUT
Published - November 2014 by Inky Little Fingers
Before the Internet was invented, there were "Fanzines". What they delivered
to the fans who bought them encapsulated everything the Internet would eventually aspire to achieve - except that you could
actually have and hold them in your hands without the need for a P.C. to access the gems they contained. For Dexys fans inhabiting
the pre-Internet age, the only source of additional information for their favourite group was the fanzine "Keep On Running"
lovingly compiled by Neil Warburton.
to 2014 - and Neil has managed to get the content from those fanzines - plus some exclusive additional material - published in
the form of an actual book. This is definitely a must-have for any Dexys aficionado!
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