Deke Leonard

Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics. the legend of Man a rock'n'roll band by Deke Leonard.

This book is currently out of rint but I have some good news. The publishers Northdown tell me that Deke's next book will be out on June the 15th this year. As long as sales go well, they will use some of the money to pay for a second print run of Rhinos. So, if you missed out on this book, if you buy Deke's next, you have a chance of getting hold of Rhinos.

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Ten out of ten for the best music bio that I have ever read.

Now out of print but well worth trying to track down a copy.

My Review

This book tells the tale of the first phase of the Man band. Of course, as with any rock bio, it will be of greatest interest to those who are already fans of the band but this book deserves a much wider audience. Deke is a brilliant author with a great source of wit and irony.

Man were founded in the late sixties and broke up in the late seventies. This book tells the story of the band through that period. Man fans will of course be aware that the band soon reformed and they are still gigging on and recording in the new century. Deke is working on a prequel to this book and surely there must be scope for a book covering the second phase of the Man band.

The band's story includes being arrested in Belgium after being mistaken for the Bader-Meinhof terrorist gang and sheltering from a tornado while touring in the US. It also seems to cover almost every other possible mishap and adventure on the way. Reading the book leaves me wondering how they ever had time to tune their guitars.

You would never believe the events in this book possible if it was a work of fiction and I suppose that there may well be a touch of artistic exageration in some parts of the book.

This is one of the funniest and most readable music business biographies that I have ever read. It is out of print at the moment but it is well worth tracking down. This book is an absolute gem.