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Vignes, Spencer - Train Kept a Rollin  How the Train Song Changed the Face of Popular Music Artist Spencer Vignes
Title Train Kept a Rollin': How the Train Song Changed the Face of Popular Music
Label Soundcheck Books
There’s something about a lonesome train whistle, or the rattle of steel wheels on the tracks, that stirs emotions deep within the human soul. Trains symbolize freedom, hope, travel, escape, sad partings and joyful reunions, along with a yearning to see what’s around the next bend.

Small wonder then that generations of songwriters from Birmingham, Alabama to Birmingham, England have taken trains to their hearts, using them as a vehicle through which to convey the gamut of emotions that the sight and sound of a locomotive can evoke.

Longtime music and train fan, Spencer Vignes, marries his two passions in a book that gets to the heart of the genre. Painstakingly researched, he has interviewed an array of singers, songwriters and musicians who share the secrets of how and why they came to write, or record, their train songs.

Vignes’s choice of train songs covered (and there are hundreds in existence) is interesting. Obviously he would be run out of town on the midnight train to nowhere if he didn’t tip his cowboy hat to Folsom Prison Blues or Hey, Porter), but also some songs that we don t normally think of as being about trains, such as The Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset, which sees Terry and Julie at Waterloo station.

Over 40 people were interviewed for this book, so climb on board in the company of Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Nick Cave, Ray Davies (The Kinks), Chris Difford (Squeeze), Sheena Easton, Bryan Ferry, Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers), Chas McDevitt, Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Peggy Seeger, Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), Rod Stewart and many more famous names, all of whom are happy to proclaim their love of trains and train songs.
 

Review

"Good at his job and always stands his round at the bar" -- Glenn Tilbrook, Squeeze

"One of the few you can trust" -- The late John Entwistle, The Who

"An engaging and enlightening read." -- R2 Magazine

"A rattling good read." -- ASLEF Journal

"One of the few you can trust" --The late John Entwistle, The Who

"An enjoyable read - well-researched, chatty in style and unpretentious." --Caught By The River

About the Author

Spencer Vignes is a writer, journalist and PR consultant. His previous books have been on sport, including The Wimbledon Miscellany (The History Press, 2010) and A Few Good Men: The Brighton & Hove Albion Dream Team (DB Publishing, 2014). He lives in Cardiff.

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Price: £14.99


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