Full despatch details from the publishers here, and a sneak preview of some pictures here
You can now order Procol Harum : Beyond the Pale from Amazon USA and from Amazon UK
Claes informs us that his book (particulars below) is scheduled for publication in the UK in October 1999, probable price 12 pounds 99. Publication in the USA will follow, probably in January. His publishers were 'over the moon' about the manuscript. No other details as yet ... except that the book has been given the best possible ... indeed the only possible ... title: Procol Harum: Beyond the Pale ! Rest assured that BtP will review it the moment it becomes available ... Roland read the typescript in the Spring ... and was enthralled.
Claes contacted 'Beyond the Pale' again to report that the book is two-thirds done in first draft: he's got as far as A Salty Dog, having begun with the birth of Gary Brooker. Two early chapters deal with The Paramounts, and he is pleased to have discovered Procol Harum's pre-Royer / Harrison line-up, which has hitherto been shrouded in mystery. He also reports that he has 'the key to Keith Reid's early lyrics' – no small claim, that! – so let's hope that his researches continue without obstruction, and that we can read this promising publication as soon as possible.
Claes Johansen contacted 'Beyond the Pale' with the news that he's writing a book about Procol Harum, and has a lot of publisher interest. The text will be finished during the Spring – there's a pictures-wanted paragraph below – and publication is expected in the Autumn of 1999.
Claes's name is familiar to fans of Route 66, and he is of course the author of numerous sleeve-notes in the Angel Air series of Procol-related CD re-releases, and of the extensive biographical liner notes to the Matthew Fisher / Strange Days CD. As well as being a musician he is an established novelist in his native Denmark, with seven published novels to his name. He started working as a rock journalist in 1982: in particular, his Danish Radio interviews with the mod revival / R&B groups of that era took him straight into Essex / Paramounts territory.
This will be his fourteenth published book, but research on it started back in the 1980s: it will draw on interviews with practically everyone who's ever played with, or written for the band. It starts from the birth of Gary Brooker, takes us through the history of The Paramounts, and examines band-members' latter-day solo projects: Claes is aiming to condense his material to 175 – 225 paperback pages, of A5 size or so: a good length of a rock book, in other words.