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The Ghosts of A Whiter Shade of Pale

Index of reviews for Henry Scott-Irvine's book

5 Star Review Index here

Review by Satch Dobrey – here

Review by John Bobin – here

Shindig magazine - October/November 2012. One page excerpt from a two page feature (scroll) here

The West End Extra - Newspaper - Full page feature. 19 October

The BFI Guide - Feature - October/November 2012

Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine – 5 Star review – November 2012

Southend Echo - Newspaper – Two page feature 2 November 2012

Book Launch & Screenings at the BFI Southbank Film Centre London 3 November 2012 here 

Amazon UK 5 Star Reviews – here

Omnibus Press 5 Star Reviews – here

Strange Things Are Happening online review – here

Bucketfull Of Brains magazine. One page feature here 

It’s Psychedelic Baby online only feature [scroll till you see Robin Trower] here

Dangerous Minds online feature - here

Record Collector magazine – 5 page feature – December 2012

Review by Bert Saraco here

Paling Well: interview with Henry from Critics at Large

'There’s much more mysteries in Procol Harum’s closet; Dmitry M Epstein, online

Beat mag – see graphic on this page; a Feature promised

Ugly Things – promised soon

Flashback –
promised (April/May)
Described in Mojo as the "definitive" biography of Procol Harum, and by Edwyn Pouncey as "the best biography of 2012."

7 stars in Classic Rock magazine

23 x 5 stars reviews;  5 x 4 star reviews in the media so far (25 March 2013)

"The word definitive comes to mind" (Fred Dellar) MOJO. 4 stars.

"Solidly unpretentious" (Oregano Rathbone) RECORD COLLECTOR. 4 stars

"H.S-I's thoroughly researched book" (David Quantick) CLASSIC ROCK. 7 stars

"H.S-I takes us on a rigorous road trip" (Chris Roberts) PROG.

"His excellent biography" (Chris Twomey) SHINDIG

"Thoroughly researched... an enticing read" (Jim Stewart) THE BEAT

"Related with real knowledge and insight". (Den Browne) MUDKISS

"Martin Scorsese opens this definitive biog". WEED

The Ghosts of A Whiter Shade of Pale is a chronological account of Procol Harum. All the key players are interviewed and celebrity fans come in the shape of Jimmy Page and Pete Brown (of Cream) alongside an exclusive from record producer Chris Thomas. The book's Foreword comes from Martin Scorsese with an Introduction from Sir Alan Parker and an Afterword by award-winning author and screenwriter Sebastian Faulks.

Author Henry Scott-Irvine has a background in music and arts documentaries as well as presenting and producing a weekly radio show for Resonance 104.4 FM London. His TV/DVD programme-credits include Punk Attitude, Elton At 60, Classic Albums, Status Quo The Party Ain't Over Yet, John Lennon Night, Madonna Night, Michael Jackson Night, Music Of The Millennium aka The Top 100 Albums, and The Top 40 TV Music Moments, among others. Henry is now writing another book and is hoping to get some music documentaries funded.

The Procol Harum biography has been described as "The best biography of 2012" and as "One of the best Rock biographies ever written" Edwyn Pouncey (writer for The Wire magazine) and aka Savage Pencil - a comics artist since the 1970s.

Excerpt ... ‘Henry Scott-Irvine’s thoroughly researched book (everyone relevant is interviewed) is quite exhaustive, following the band’s early years as The Paramounts backing Sandie Shaw, all the way through to Procol’s accidental invention of prog rock, right up to the epic and sad court case concerning the authorship of the melody of A Whiter Shade of Pale... It’s a book that made me want to hear more of Procol Harum’s music and made me feel I was there on several occasions – including the day, we’re told, when they played Biba and Bryan Ferry attended “in white tuxedo and spats.”’

7 Stars [out of 10] in Classic Rock. Review by David Quantick

Excerpt ... ‘Author Scott-Irvine relates the tale in an engaging manner; quoting all the right people and offering a foreword by Procol fan Martin Scorsese. The word definitive comes to mind.’ 4 Stars [out of 5] in Mojo. Review by Fred Dellar

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More about this book Henry's own blog about the book is
also worth a visit: click here

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