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The Rule Book By Martin Peter Kielty
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Welcome to the Golden Rule – it’s been ‘just a country inn’ for three centuries, nestled in the oldest part of Ambleside in the picturesque Lake District. Enjoy a journey... More > from its earliest days to the present, as a procession of landlords, regulars and visitors add their own colours to a canvas of conversation, accommodation and diversion… and only the best in beer. Meet the innkeeper who lost everything (twice), the old man who believed God had forgotten him, the Rule’s last brewer, a ruthless con-man, a would-be racing driver, two war heroes, several painters and poets, and many of the characters who have make this remarkable pub such a unique place. The Rule Book is a series of short adventures and anecdotes, based on events that really happened in and around the pub, or on stories told to the author during his own many happy hours at the bar. Foreword by John Lockley, landlord since 1981. Includes historical timeline from 1508 to recent years.< Less
There's No' Been A Murder By Martin Kielty
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It’s Hogmanay 1987. The main focus of the night – asides from the drinking, of course – is the first-ever Taggart movie, which is just about to be broadcast. On the streets of... More > Glasgow there’s a strange new machine on the move… a chip vending machine, built by Wheech McGhee and his pal Murray, who aim to make a few quid before delivering a surprise tea to Taggart himself. When things don’t go to plan, they find themselves accused of having killed an unknown person and dumped the body in the Clyde. All Wheech can do in his defence is turn round a phrase associated with the tough TV detective played by Mark McManus. But the police don’t want to hear that there’s no’ been a murder. One thing’s for sure – someone’s tea is oot. There’s No Been A Murder follows Apollo Ambition, which also features the character Wheech McGhee.< Less
Apollo Ambition By Martin Kielty
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A legend of the Glasgow Apollo, written by Martin Kielty – author of acclaimed documentary book Apollo Memories… Monday, May 1, 1978... AC/DC just left town with a live album on tape.... More > Thin Lizzy, David Bowie, UFO and Black Sabbath are on their way. Logie Paterson, singer with local heroes Fox Ache, looks forward to a show by his favourite band, Night Garden. There’s a lot on his mind, and not just the World Cup campaign. He’s thinking of quitting his group, and rumours abound that Night Garden have gone punk (at least, that’s what the NME says). But worse, far worse: the Glasgow Apollo is about to close – and that means Logie will never get the chance to play there. This is the story of one night in 126 Renfield Street, among the Glasgow choir, in front of the sloping stage, under the bouncing balcony... surrounded by the infamous Apollo bouncers. Illustrations by Jim MacNee.< Less
Simon The Fox By Martin Peter Kielty
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‘An epic tale of treachery, heroism, ambition and betrayal’ Douglas Jackson, Hero Of Rome series ‘A first-class story’ Robert Low, The Oathsworn series Highland Scotland,... More > A.D. 1688: The forces of the deposed King James prepare for battle with those of the new King William – which is of little consequence to Bolla, a beggar about to be murdered for sport. Saved by one Simon Fraser of Beaufort, Bolla finds himself dragged into a world of war and intrigue. Simon, seemingly a Jacobite, will stop at nothing to become MacShimi, the Clan Fraser chief. As those above him begin to be removed from his path the endlessly ambitious character becomes known as The Fox. Bolla can only try to stay alive as Simon’s dance of death and deceit leads Clan Fraser towards ­­­a dangerous, dramatic reckoning.< Less
SAHB Story By Martin Kielty et al.
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When Alex Harvey died in 1982 he left behind a legacy and a passion which survives to this day – truly cult status. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band were the biggest-grossing mid-70s live act... More > in the UK; they released eight critically-acclaimed albums in their five years together; and they inspired many of the top names in pop entertainment over the last 30 years. SAHB Story covers the members' early years and provides a blow-by-blow account of the years 1972-77, illustrated with personal anecdotes and unseen photographs. The revised edition completes the story to date with the reunion that began in 2002 featuring Billy Rankin, leading to acclaimed tours and festival shows with ‘Mad’ Max Maxwell at the helm. Joe Elliott of Dep Leppard, a long-time fan, has contributed a passionate and heartfelt foreword. This is the only authorised biography of the band, written with the cooperation of Zal Cleminson, Chris Glen, Hugh McKenna and Ted McKenna.< Less
Apollo Memories By Martin Kielty
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The Apollo legend retold… When the rock’n’roll revolution came, Scotland was in the thick of the action. Every big name in the business wanted to be there for one reason: the... More > Glasgow Apollo. Between 1973 and 1985 the ‘Purple Palace’ played host to everyone who ever mattered. From ABBA to Zappa, Johnny Cash to the Style Council, they all played and they all came back. The former cinema was a one-off, with its high stage, infamous bouncers – and the terrifying bouncing balcony. This book, first published in 2005, explains what made the venue so special, with the addition of new interviews, unseen photos and commentary. It ties in with the GlasgowApollo.com website to bring you the story of a rock’n’roll legend, told by the people who made it: those who played there, those who worked there and the unforgettable Glasgow choir, who inspired dozens of acts to record their Apollo shows for live release. Martin Kielty is a Glaswegian music journalist, band manager and drummer.< Less
Old the Front Page (Extended Version) By Martin Kielty
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The history of Scotland like you’ve never seen it before... extended by popular demand. As featured in the national press and radio, this book presents some of the biggest events in the... More > nation’s timeline, presented as they would have been covered if a paper like the Scottish Scribe had really existed from Roman times right up to the modern era. By popular demand this new edition has been extended to include even more imaginary front pages from every era of Scottish history. Martin Kielty has spent 20 years working at the sharp end of national newspapers as both writer and designer, and brings award-winning skills to bear on a subject he cares about. He has written six books on popular culture and politics, runs a major entertainment news website and has appeared on TV and radio as a commentator on Scottish subjects Foreword by Robert Low, author of the acclaimed Oathsworn and Kingdom novels< Less
Big Noise from a Wee Country By Martin Kielty
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People get bored by history books full of kings and battles. And it’s the same for rock’n’roll history books full of nothing more than stars and hits. Yes, you’ll find plenty... More > of names you know in this lightning-fast rollercoaster ride down Memory Lane. Members of Del Amitri, Nazareth, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, the Bay City Rollers, Primal Scream, the Beatstalkers, the Soup Dragons, the Vaselines, the Clyde Valley Stompers and Gene Vincent’s band are amongst the speakers. But you’ll also meet people – REAL people – who made less well-known but still important contributions to the Scottish rock and pop scene over its first 50 years. Big Noise From a Wee Country is packed with dozens of first-hand accounts of just some of the moments which shaped our nation’s recent musical history. From dreams to disasters it’s a quick-start guide to who did what and when. Martin Kielty is a Glasgow-based writer, journalist, musician and manager. This is his eighth book.< Less
Billy Rankin's School of Rock By Billy Rankin
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For the last five years former Nazareth guitarist and Rock Radio Breakfast Show presenter Billy Rankin has taught on-air morning classes to students of rock’n’roll history. Now... More > he’s written down some of his favourite study notes: tales of wine, women and song starring big names like Ozzy Osbourne, Guns n’Roses, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Metallica, Status Quo, Ted Nugent, the Who, REM, the Beatles and many others. This book is stuffed with hundreds of short stories which will entertain and inform you. Chapters cover everything from big names’ early days through lifestyles of excess, studio battles, fallouts and breakups, tour dramas, unusual inspirations and trouble with the law. It’s a great memento of Billy’s daily School of Rock feature, which kept audiences listening for around 4000 hours of live radio. Foreword by rock radio legend Tom Russell.< Less