Eddie Cochran: A Fast Moving Beat Show - The Tragic Story of the Final, Fatal, UK Tour

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✅ Contributions from Vince Eager and Richard Hawley

✅ Packed with rare photos and memories

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About the book: 

It was meant to set the scene for everything that followed - but within weeks the music world would be mourning the tragic loss of one its brightest stars.

In January of 1960, Britain rocked to the first-ever all-rock'n'roll package tour pairing American stars Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent with a cavalcade of home-grown talent which tore up and down the country, playing to screaming crowds all through winter and into spring.

In April the British music world was shocked to the core with the news that a road traffic accident involving the two American stars had left Eddie Cochran dead.

This book is a definitive account of that tour. It tells the story of the people on the stage; the people off the stage; the people that saw the shows and more. 

It includes rare photos and archive material and goes through the tour venue by venue.

Vince Eager, celebrated UK rock'n'roll star that performed on many of the dates, has written the book's foreword with his own memories.

Eddie Cochran's influence is still as strong today as it was sixty years when the tour took place. We leave the last word of the book to twice Mercury Prize-nominated Richard Hawley:

"Out of all those brilliant rockers from the '50s it was always going to be Eddie Cochran for me - he had the whole package. He was a fluent and inventive guitar player, a unique singer and a gifted songwriter."

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Dave Dunham
Tony Barrett - RockStar Records.

I throughly enjoyed reading the book A Fast Moving Beat Show - The Tragic Story of the Final Fatal UK Tour. However, when I reached the feature on RockStar Records, I was disappointed that the page only featured pictures of record covers that RockStar had issued. There was no mention of who formulated the company and how the amount of time he had to spend in gathering the recordings in this country and also the United States. That man is Tony Barrett. I first met Tony, and also Andrew O’Neil, who was the President of the Eddie Cochran Appreciation Society on 28th August 1966, at a society meeting at the George and Dragon, High Street, Acton,London W3, to see Eddies’ film ‘Untamed Youth’! That was a day I will never forget! We have been friends ever since.

I went with Tony and a couple of other Eddie fans to Liberty Records offices in London with a large reel to reel tape of some of Eddie’s recordings that we asked Liberty to review and release on record as soon as possible!
It would of been nice if the editors of the above book had contacted Tony and I’m sure he would be willing to tell you about his story of RockStar records, his frustrations and successes.

Thanks for letting me air my views.!
Keep Rockin’
Dave Dunham.

Paula Hanson
Fast and reliable

Great customer service from start to finish
Thank you

Doug Cooke
Great insight into the tour

Always been an Eddie Cochran fan and loved this book on the fatal tour, great photos, comments and reviews.

Ron Vickers
Brilliant Book.

I love this book, it's brilliant. Written with genuine care by Adrian McKenna & John Firminger. It's chocker block with details, and has clearly been well researched. Some fascinating reminiscences from people who knew, and worked with, Eddie. It really is a great read from start to finish. This should be essential reading for fans of Eddie, and rock n roll music in general. Full credit to the authors on a superb piece of work.

Ed Evans
Eddie Cochran

First class well researched book