Knights of the Road: The Autobiography of Gypsy Dave Mills
Paperback, 220 Pages
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Wisdom Twins Books are excited to release the 1960s memoir of legendary Gypsy Dave Mills, road buddy and friend to Donovan, the sixties icon and pop star. In this remarkable book, Gyp recalls his many adventures with Donovan, the infamous police bust by Sergeant Pilcher, meetings with legendary manger Alan Klein, dodgy dealings in Manchester, beatniks in St Ives, fights with murderous knife wielding Arabs, adventures with Jimi Hendrix, good times with The Animals’ Chas Chandler, sculptor David Wynne, George Harrison and even Paul McCartney. This is one man’s exciting tale of that most decadent and revolutionary decade and Gyp is excited to share it with everyone, or as many people who will listen to him. Tinged with an air of sadness that the sixties ideals never materialised, Gyp also reflects on politics, the government, and even some surprising conspiracies. The book is a must for any sixties pop enthusiast and anyone who happens to love a great (and true!) story.
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Sep 18, 2013When I sat down to read "Knights Of The Road" by Gypsy Dave Mills, I will admit I had some rather steep expectations. Being a fan of Donovan's music, and having read every related book, newspaper story and magazine article that I could find, I was already familiar with many of the events contained in this book. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't find many new tales, fascinating insights, or candid moments to make it an enjoyable read. I'm very happy to say that those worries were completely unfounded. This book was not only captivating enough to draw me in, but entertaining enough to hold my interest through the very last page. This isn't merely a journal of two best friends and their adventures during the most exciting musical period in the last century; It's an honest, articulate first-hand account of the time period itself - complete with celebrity interactions, descriptive narrations (and explanations) of the 60's culture, and a blatantly unapologetic (and spot-on) take... More > on social and political issues which are as relevent now as they were then. Gypsy Dave has something worthwhile to tell you about. And he does it well.< Less
Sep 8, 2013It was with an element of great excitement, to see Gypsy Dave Mills finally write his warts-and-all account of life and times as a bohemian artiste in the greatest of times to be young, free and turned on to the new age of cultural awareness that was the 1960s. From the opening chapter to the last line of the closing one, Gypsy Dave Mills autobiography is anything but a dull read for anyone who has an endearment for this most enigmatic period of the 20th Century and the cultural revolution that it spawned. For a guy who started off as a naturally 'street-wise' lad, not necessarily the most academic of boys around his tender 15 years, but certainly bright enough to decide his fate early on in those halcyon times. Accompanying his bohemian friend and soon-to-be 60s folk/rock superstar Donovan, on the Open Road as what we would now term a 'Roadie'. Both hitching and searching for girls, fame, fortune and whatever adventures befell him on the way, Gyp tells an incredible story of... More > vagabonds, social-climbing, pop stardom and near-fatal experiences, in a most illustrious yet straightforward manner. From his times meeting other rock luminaries such as Dylan, The Who and The Beatles et al, to the likes of rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix and his manager ex-Animals bassist Chas Chandler,he relates his colourful experiences in such great candid detail, taking the reader on an amazingly true adventure of the pitfalls, break-ups and exhilarating highs of his life. For those who were lucky enough to have lived through these amazing times, to those who wished they had,'Knights Of The Road' is a must-read classic you will simply not be able to put down.< Less
Sep 3, 2013Even the kindest review would not describe Gypsy Dave Mills as a great writer. But,having said that, the unkindest review could not fairly dismiss this as a dull book! To be good, an autobiography must be by a person who has had an interesting life and has a tale or two to tell. For such a person to also be a great writer is an unreasonable coincidence to expect. This is everything that a good autobiography should be: A thumping good story written by the man who lived it. Perhaps a skilled 'ghost-writer' could have produced a more polished book... but only Gypsy Dave Mills could really tell the story... and in his own words. The fact that he is a good enough writer gives this book its place among the chronicles of one of the most exciting periods of the 20th Century. Those who were lucky enough to have been teenagers to young adults throughout the 60s will be struck by the nostalgia that this book evokes. Gyp describes his scenes in vivid detail that puts the reader there without... More > 'overflowering' the prose. It is a story that had to be told... by the only man who could honestly tell it. Gyp may not be another Keroac, but he's had a hell of a life full of experiences that few could have hitherto imagined. Now we can and I am personally very grateful that he has shared his story so candidly with us.< Less
Sep 3, 2013What a beautiful and Mystical read.. Could not put it down.. Riveting, all the way through. Gypsy Dave has captured the Sounds, Smells, and most of all the ethos of the cultural revolution. Any age group can read this book and enjoy the amazing Psychedelic experience that changed the thinking patterns of the human race... That is a fact... Thanks Gyp for your commitment to this book...
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- Gypsy Dave Mills (Standard Copyright License)
- First print
- Wisdom Twins Books
- August 24, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.85 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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