That’s ‘Dave Anthony’s Moods: This Obscure Group’, just in case you were wondering. Also just in case you’re still wondering, here’s the back cover blurb:
In the summer of 1965, Dave Anthony’s Moods, an eight-piece band from the musical cauldron of Bournemouth, were confidently poised to take over the world of jazzy, brassy, bluesy, popular music and rule supreme.
No such luck. Four years later, they were a backing group for a second-rate Italian pop singer and the band fell painfully apart. Nobody but a few dedicated fans remembers them today.
This is the story of how that fiery ambition arose and how it developed and mutated - and how it descended in fits and starts into final failure. Dam is Tim Large's account of an amazing journey of peaks and troughs, hilarity and boredom, triumph and occasional tragedy, all seen through his inspired, time-distorted prism. He saw it all, from before the beginning until after the very end.
This is his version and he's sticking to it.
Anyway, it’s now written, published and available! An ideal stocking filler, except that even if you order it today, you’re unlikely to get it for Christmas, for reasons I shall now explain.
It’s available on Amazon (just search for ‘Dave Anthony’s Moods’ and you’ll find it), but they print self-published books to order rather than laying in a stock, so there’s a lead time. As I write, I’ve no idea exactly how long this is (they say ‘a few days’, but only experience will tell). So if you do order it from them, you’re a pioneer at this point in time.
Alternatively, you can order from the publisher, YouCaxton, who have done a brilliant job for me. Here’s the web page they created for me: http://www.youcaxton.co.uk/dave-anthonys-moodstim-large/ I suspect the lead time will be a bit longer than Amazon’s, though. And the cost is the same.
Finally, I have a small stock myself, which I’m happy in principle to let you into. It’ll be cheaper, because I don’t have to pay the retailers’ mark-up, but I can’t handle significant mailings, so this is really mainly for local custom. If you’d like to explore this option further, please do contact me directly.
I’m new to this game, so it’s all experimental at the moment. Of course, I fully expect it to go viral and the proceeds to enable me to retire – oh, no, I’ve already done that, haven’t I? Seriously, it’s been a labour of love, and I just want to share it.