Music Mentor Books
BIG TOWN PLAYBOY
Authorised biography by Michael Madden
Foreword by Robert Plant
Paperback, 314 pages, 70 illustrations, 2014
Fifty years ago, the golden age of rock'n'roll was fading from view as the Swinging Sixties swept over the musical seascape and into the hearts and souls of the children of the day. However, Mike Sanchez fought against the tide, and continues to do so to this day. It started with a few borrowed 45s, then came the quiff and some knockout threads. He entered through the darkened doors of roots and blues music and spread light so that a whole new generation could enjoy its celestial message. His charismatic stage presence was a train that stomped along the tracks, and the great and the good were happy to get on board that blues express running from Chicago to the West Coast.
Musical titans have always been happy to give him the keys to their kingdom, and the freedom of their stage. Bill Wyman, Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, Jeff Beck and Robert Plant listened to him, loved him, feted him and above all applauded him.
Mike Sanchez will always be an iconic figure forever cast in the melting pot of roots and blues. To the authenticity of the past he gives a new energy as he rocks his piano into dust. The artist remains true to his soul, continually foregoing the painting by numbers of corporate control in favour of the freedom to splash his palette across the eager canvas of rock'n'roll.
"Couldn't put the book down, a page-turner from cover to cover... Michael Madden's attention to detail is outstanding, he manages to cram the book full of detailed, year on year accounts whilst at the same time keeping the pace going. The inclusion of chapter 12; 'Mike on Music' provides a wonderful insight into Mike's understanding of musical history and into his extensive repertoire. For anyone who has, like myself, ever wondered why Mike Sanchez has never been given the extensive spotlight of other so called 'niche artists' such as Jools Holland or Jamie Cullum, Big Town Playboy delivers a superb insight into the life and times of the man himself. This book could easily be used as a textbook on how to make a living and a legacy in the music business outside of the mainstream. Five stars all week and twice on Sunday." Louise Digman, Estonia (July 2014)
"This is a very traditional type of biography without any frills... but some great photos... Those of us who saw the Big Town Playboys, or Mike alone, or his R&B Revue, will never ever forget the amazingly powerful impression he made, and this evocation of those days is very pleasurable and nostalgic. Now Dig This (July 2014)
'Mike Sanchez would have invented rock’n’roll if no one else had bothered'
'He is our Little Richard, with a bit of Jerry Lee Lewis thrown in'
'People who see him never forget him'
'What other people were doing in the studio, he did on the stage,
and he did it fantastically well' – Bill Wyman
'Mike has got that natural talent. Like John McEnroe at tennis or David
Beckham at football, Mike has that on piano' – Andy Fairweather-Low
'He’s a great singer, musician and songwriter, and a brilliant entertainer'
'Mike Sanchez deserves the best because he is the best'
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