Relive the decade when Reading’s music scene turned itself up to 11 and really started to rock.
This hugely well-informed and entertaining account of live music in Reading between 1966 and 1976 charts the journey from the emergence of psychedelia to the dawn of punk, and brings into focus the many musicians and bands – from The Amboy Dukes to The Who – that played at venues around the town. Read about the early years of the Reading Festival, lost and much missed music venues, and local musical heroes.
Includes a foreword by Mike Cooper and contributions from Rob Callaghan.
Adrian Moulton, Mike Warth, and Austin Matthews. Paperback, 210 x 135 mm, 148 pages, 50 b&w illustrations, November 2020.
There are over 700 musicians and bands mentioned in When Reading Really Rocked, and amongst these are many bands local to Reading who were popular at the time. Mike Warth has put together a fantastic short playlist, which is available to listen to on YouTube. It includes many bands who you might not be familiar with or that you haven’t heard for many years. Mike has also provided some notes to accompany the playlist, which you can find here.