unnamedDet har snart gått 10 år sedan boken om David Byron släpptes första gången. Den är sedan länge utsåld och kopior är svåra att hitta. Nu är det dock dags för nästa upplaga av boken att släppas. Det är tänkt att i december så kommer “David Byron – Born To Perform” att återigen finnas att köpa. Underbara nyheter för musikälskare och Heep-nördar.
Nedan kan man läsa vad författaren, Jeff Perkins, har att säga.

“The reprint came about through a Facebook group set up to mark the tenth anniversary of the original release and asking for a second edition. A lengthy search then took place to try and find a publisher. Eventually Jurgen Ludwig who runs a German based company Cenarius Verlag Hagen stepped forward and rescued the whole idea. We decided to keep the book as it originally came out – with just a new introduction to explain what had happened over the last ten years… and a few of the most obvious mistakes ironed out.

There has been a lot of developments and new discoveries about the life and career of David Byron since the first edition appeared – and the new introduction points people towards them. Of course, the main development since that time is the rise of social media and the increased use of the Internet. However, I felt that to include those new details would be unfair to those that have been busy unearthing them and doing the groundwork – after all I know how much work that means! So we decided, rightly or wrongly, to let the book go out as it originally was. The first edition sold out in a less than a month, and ever since we have had requests from people quite literally all over the world for copies which we didn’t have. So a re-print seemed to be the perfect answer for those people that couldn’t get one first time around.

Remember it was always intended to be an account of a journey we took to try and discover from beginning to tragic end the life and career of David Byron. I have never read it – and after the book was completed I felt totally burnt out emotionally which resulted in me being strangely Heeped-out for a few years. When I heard a classic URIAH HEEP track, it instantly transported me back to parts of that journey and story and all the triumph and tragedy it involved. It took a few years to be able to move on and even think about a reprint of the book.

I am honoured and somewhat surprised by the continued interest in the book. I only hope that it somehow lives up to the hopes and belief shown in it and helps fill in some gaps in David’s story. Most of all I hope that it serves his memory well. He was a great rock star in the true sense of the word. I am not sure now quite why I felt driven – as a total amateur – to take on such a huge project and sure enough I quickly got consumed by the weight of it. I, like many others, have always felt that David had never really achieved the recognition that he truly deserved. That is why the book was written. I hope people enjoy it and feel inspired to play some of those classic albums again… as if they don’t already!”

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