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No Slade = No Oasis. It’s as devastating and as simple as that. Noel Gallagher Slade’s music and style dominated and defined the 1970s. With six consecutive number one singles, they were the UK’s number one group and sold millions of records all over the world. At their peak, Slade enjoyed success and adulation not seen since The Beatles.

Now, for the first time, the man whose outlandish costumes, glittering make-up, and unmistakable hairstyle made Slade the definitive act of glam rock tells his story. Growing up in a council house in 1950s Wolverhampton, Dave always knew he wanted to be a musician, and in the mid-sixties, with Don Powell, he founded the band that in 1970 would settle on the name Slade.

Their powerful guitar-driven anthems formed the soundtrack for a whole generation, and their Top of the Pops performances, led by their flamboyant, ever-smiling lead guitarist, became legendary. But So Here It Is reveals that there’s much more to Dave’s life than Top of the Pops and good times.

The book uncovers surprising family secrets, tells the inside story of the original band’s painful break-up, explores Dave’s battles with depression, his decision to reform Slade and go back on the road, and his recovery from the stroke that threatened to cut short his career. 

Told with great heart and humor, So Here It Is is the story of the irresistible rise of Dave Hill and the definitive account of his journey from working-class lad to global rock star.

©2017, 2018 Dave Hill (P)2020 Dave Hill

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Great story, great narration

This is a great story. Dave Hill’s character really shines through. it is warm and personal.

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A SEARINGLY HONEST GOOD READ!

Dave has A PRECISE AND DOWN TO EARTH WAY of putting things : For instance to make a point he calls a Council House - A HOUSE!
He describes life well with cute and nuanced clever observations and he has a talent for a concise and precise way of describing his Colourful life.

This is balanced and (at times) perfectly contrasted by his innocent naivety and his obsessive personality.
Slightly Tongue in cheek wisdom picked up from others which many would NOT see!
From this gripping audiobook you see that Dave Hill was the Beating Heart and Soul of Slade and there was method in his Showbizzy dressing up madness.

One thing that I don't think Dave realises is that Creativity Comes Out of the Nebula of Confusion, Problems and Pain - I say this because in the later part of this book he describes his battle with his mental health and although he is honest and up front about it I believe it would help and sooth him to realise that The LIGHT IT ALWAYS COMES OUT OF THE DARKNESS!!

What also strongly comes across is his Decency and Loyalty as a person - this needs to be said because Slade was Dave's Band - in fact Slade was Dave and Dave IS STILL SLADE!!
The humour in this book is So Very British and at times it's almost like in the Carry On Films. Bang on the money British Brummie humour.

I grew up with Slade and they were UNIQUE - I loved that Big Euphoric Sound with it's driving Rhythms and good ol' Times on stage shenanigans.
So I am happy to recommend this UNIQUE audiobook because it is an interesting and an honestly told story - warts an' all!
ENJOY . . . . !

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Fantastic

What a lovely listen this really was. Dave’s wonderful narration charmed me through his incredible life story.

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Great insight into one of the UK's best ever!

Really good book. Well worth a listen if you're a fan of the band.
Dave Hill isn't the best narrator, but there's something charming about hearing the actual person who wrote it, read it to you.

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"Dave's life, with Slade. "

Very interesting and captivating.
He tells it how it is. Worth reading canded Story's.
Sad in parts with Walt's and all.

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Loved it. thanks Dave

Great listen. Dave v.natural, not scripted too much. Loved hearing the Slade story from his mouth. Very honest.

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A lovely bloke but too many punches pulled

You can't finish this book without concluding that Dave Hill is a thoroughly nice bloke who deserved to be a lot more financially successful than he was. This is a rollicking tale, from his early days in other bands to starting Slade with Don Powell and then recruiting Holder and Lea who, of course, wrote most of the songs and so made most of the money, meaning Dave & (until recently) Don had to continue slogging around the circuit as Slade 2 while Holder became a bit of a TV celebrity and Lea went off to... well, what?

The trouble with the content is that Dave is a nice bloke and so it's a very safe and sanitised account. There's far, far too much reminiscing about his childhood and family. I'd liked to have had much more about what they got up to during their golden 72-75 period and certainly a lot more about the music and how it evolved. The split with Holder and Lea is skimmed over and, again, without wanting a kiss and tell, it would have been interesting to have more on how that came about. The structure of the book doesn't help, hopping from those golden years to childhood, then the 90s and then a curious final chapter on 1973. It doesn't feel as though the book has been edited by a professional, as stories are repeated or left seemingly unfinished.

What, sadly, ruins it is Dave's narration. I understand that he had a stroke a few years ago and perhaps this has affected his speech but, unfortunately, the whole books sounds like someone reminiscing to his kids after a few sherries on Boxing Day. Sentences are often punctuated with "know what I mean" or similar asides and sometimes Dave is too busy laughing at his own memories to get the words out. Maybe the print version is better, but I'd have thought a professional reader would have been a better choice.

There's almost certainly a good Slade book to be written, but this isn't it.

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Breaks the mould

This is far and away my favourite audiobook of all time (so far). The open,honest and conversational style is warm and appealing with Dave constantly adding to the written text with nostalgic chuckles and contextualisation.
I hope for more audio-renderings in this vain, why just read the book?
Brilliant.

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so humble honest and grounded a pleasure

really enjoyed this book.
so genuine and down to earth narated effortlessly.
a good insight

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Nice to go back in time .

Enjoyed it, finished in 3 days, if you love the 70s you will like this book..

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Fun, Candid and Complete

How nice to learn the backstory to Slade’s origins and future success. The rock ‘n’ roll industry would not be complete without Slade.