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    Posted: March 18 2014 at 10:38
The Story Of The Nice: Hang On To A Dream
To be released March 24th
By Martyn Hanson Format: paperback
Page count: 252 pages
ISBN: 978-1-905792-6-10
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.3 cm
Price (GBP): £14.99/Price (USD): $25.00

Formed as a backing band for soul singer PP Arnold, in their short life The Nice laid the foundations for progressive rock, launched the career of Keith Emerson and spawned their very own cult figure in Davy O’List . Their debut album established a trademark blend of rock with jazz and classical music, and their hard rock reinvention of Leonard Bernstein’s ‘America’ propelled them into the US and UK charts (influencing Jimi Hendrix to reinterpret ‘The Star Spangled Banner’). O’List left after that first album but the remaining members continued to thrive, releasing four more albums before splitting, with Emerson going on to form ELP.

Prog expert Martyn Hanson’s The Story of the Nice: Hang on to a Dream, first published in 2002 and now fully revised and updated, chronicles the story of one of the pivotal bands of late 60s rock. Drawing on interviews with band members and their associates, together with archive sources, it is a fascinating tale of ambition coloured with period detail.

Also by Martyn Hanson on Foruli Classics Emerson, Lake and Palmer: The Show That Never Ends ... Encore (with George Forrester & Frank Askew. Foreword by Carl Palmer).

Edited by Andy Webb - March 18 2014 at 10:39
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