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Heart Full of Soul

Keith Relf of the Yardbirds

David French (author)

ISBN: 9781476680118

Publication Date: Jul 2020

Format: Paperback

Offers the first full-length biography of Keith Relf, frontman for the Yardbirds and one of the great tragic characters in rock history. Keith's moody vocals and harmonica helped to define the Yardbirds' sound on a string of innovative hit records that influenced garage rock, psychedelia, blues rock, hard rock and heavy metal.
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This is the first full-length biography of Keith Relf, frontman for the Yardbirds and one of the great tragic characters in rock history. Keith's moody vocals and harmonica helped to define the Yardbirds' sound on a string of innovative hit records that influenced garage rock, psychedelia, blues rock, hard rock and heavy metal. Numerous books have been written about the Yardbirds' famous guitarists--Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page--yet Keith has remained a mysterious and elusive figure since his death by electrocution at age 33.

A deeply private person, prone to depression and poor health, Keith was ill-suited to the life of a rock star. In the years following the Yardbirds' breakup, as the band's guitarists became household names playing blues-based rock, Keith insisted on pursuing new musical paths, always searching for something new and trying to extend the Yardbirds' spirit of curiosity and innovation. By the time of his death in 1976, Keith was nearly forgotten and struggling physically, emotionally and financially. More than forty years after his tragic death, this important artist's story has finally been written and his contributions celebrated as more than just a footnote to the careers of his better-known bandmates.
Illustrations 40 photos
Pages 208
Dimensions 229 x 152 x 7
Date Published 30 Jul 2020
Publisher McFarland
Subject/s Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups   Rock & Pop music  
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgments–ix
  • Foreword by Alice Cooper–1
  • Preface–3
  • Introduction–5
  • 1. Richmond Upon Thames–9
  • 2. Ready, Steady, Go!–20
  • 3. Emotional Experiences in Sound–39
  • 4. Invaders–50
  • 5. Pop Art–62
  • 6. Blow Up–81
  • 7. Dazed and Confused–99
  • 8. A Fresh Start–119
  • 9. The Good Life–134
  • 10. The Human Element–142
  • 11. A Place in the Sun–147
  • 12. The Battle of Light and Dark–155
  • 13. Farewell–167
  • Epilogue–175
  • Selected Discography–177
  • Chapter Notes–185
  • Bibliography–193
  • Index–195
New York City resident David French has written about music for Downbeat, JazzTimes, The Los Angeles Times, The Oxford American, Interview, Paste, The Boston Globe and more. He works at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a historic nonprofit organization, leading their efforts to create a healthier and more equitable food system.

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