Hi Bill, Many thanks for the reply. That’s great news that you still have some spare copies, I only wish I’d known. So hopefully I won’t need to spend an arm and a leg on eBay (or part with my precious collection) just to read it. See you at the next gig. I’m sure I speak for many of us who hope to read all the unwritten volumes of your fascinating story. A simple method will reveal itself to you very soon. I like Quinault’s audio book idea as a starting point, if not an end in itself.
'Painted From Memory' was self-published as a limited run book. I did offer a few pristine spare copies from my own personal stash at the Clothworker's Hall concert and album launch last year, but, strangely, I think only one or two were bought and I took the remainder back home with me. If I ever do another similar event, I'll put them on the merch stall again.
Meanwhile, Volume 2, which is supposed to cover my 1960s art school years and on into the 1970s, has yet to be written. Finding time amidst all the other things I do, both creatively and domestically, has proved difficult and I don't know if it will ever get written. I can only hope.
And, of course, beyond that there's Volume 3 to think about which will tell the story through the '80s up to date....All in all, a heck of a lot of writing, not made any easier by my failing eyesight and increasingly vague recollection of past events. 🤔
I for one would love to read Bill’s early years autobiography “Painted From Memory”. I believe it was published by Sound on Sound and sold at Nelsonica 2010. Until it gets reproduced on this site, perhaps I could offer a swop for Bill’s other published biographies - “Diary of a Hyperdreamer” Volumes 1 & 2 and/or Paul Sutton-Reeves’ 'Music In Dreamland’? Anybody?
Haven't done another yet. The next volume will deal with my art college years and the bands I was a member of during that period. Also my time working as a local government officer for the West Riding County Council and the early days of Be Bop Deluxe. However, I haven't started to write it yet, mainly because I'm always so busy making music. One of these days I'll have to give it a go, if only because my memory of the past is fading...