And on Piano… Nicky Hopkins: The Extraordinary Life of Rock’s Greatest Session Man
Published by Desert Hearts 9th May 2011, the UK version is a handsomely bound hardback book, generously illustrated with wonderful personal photographs,many never before published, in both black and white and colour, and with forewords from Bob Harris & Klaus Voormann.
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Nicky Hopkins: Eine Rock-Legende
Published in Edition Elke Heidenreich through Random House, the German version of the book was actually the first to appear, on 10th May 2010. Sensitively translated by rock specialist Kristian Lutze (Eric Clapton), the book received glowing reviews, particularly in FAZ and from Wolfgang Doebeling in German Rolling Stone. Forewords from Klaus Voormann and Wolfgang Niedecken.
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And on Piano …Nicky Hopkins: The Extraordinary Life of Rock’s Greatest Session Man
A beautifully presented paperback copy of the book, with many additional black and white photographs, published in March 2011. The American version was launched with a celebrity panel at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX, with the Faces’ Ian McLagan and Rolling Stone sideman Chuck Leavell in attendance. Backstage Books through Plus One Press. Foreword by Klaus Voormann.
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It’s been an exciting process seeing how the books have fared since they first appeared. All three received universally positive reviews from both the music press and the literary establishment and the author has received dozens of delighted e-mails from enthusiastic readers, many of whom didn’t believe there would ever be a book about Nicky Hopkins.
The author has given book readings in all three territories, in bookshops, festivals, libraries and arts centres, and always including a handful of songs that featured Nicky’s unique piano skills. At Christmas 2011, it was gratifying to see that the UK version made the ‘Top Ten Books Of The Year’ in two of the leading music magazines, Uncut and Shindig.
Awareness of Nicky and his incredible body of work has been raised by radio features and interviews all over the UK, USA and Germany. BBC Radio 2’s 1 hour portrait, narrated by Bob Harris, was broadcast twice to great effect, once nationally and once with additional internet links and a ten-minute National Public Radio feature in the States raised a flurry of interest and sales both times it appeared.
Many readers have described the book as a ‘page-turner’ and have commented on the historical importance of much of the information, quite apart from Nicky and his story with all its highs and lows.
As a direct result of the publication of the Nicky Hopkins biography in Germany, the official Rolling Stones website, which previously made no mention of their one-time piano player, now has a full page dedicated to Nicky. Author Julian Dawson has been busy giving book readings in shops and at major literary festivals in Germany and was recently informed that the book is approaching sales of 3,000 copies in that one country alone.
This website was conceived as a tribute to an unforgettable musician. It’s time to add a current News page, because there is suddenly so much happening that fans of Nicky’s music will want to know.
The biggest news is that after 12 years work and 130 personal interviews (including Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, Steve Miller and dozens of Nicky’s close friends and associates), singer-songwriter Julian Dawson’s biography of Nicky is finally available.
German publisher Random House was quickest, so the first version of the book is out now as a beautiful hardback…in German! You can click on the cover image for a link to Amazon Germany if you’d like to order or inspect the German book.
The publication date of May 10th 2010 makes it almost parallel with the re-issue of the Rolling Stones classic double album ‘Exile On Main St.’, with 10 extra tracks, many of them no doubt featuring some ‘Diamond Tiaras’ from Mr. Hopkins.
For further information about the books or other news on rock’s greatest pianist, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to Moira Hopkins for making this website possible.