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Have got all your books which brought back good memories of seeing the Manband, also loved all the stories & insights of past blues greats, really informative & an insight of musicians i've never heard of & now checking out. Interesting about all the good Welsh guitarists, & brilliant stories about you being on the road. Would be great also if you did some more live shows?
Love the music, love the books, but i have a complaint. The other day whilst re reading winos rhinos and lunatics in bed i came across a bit i must have missed first time round, trying to suppress a laugh i snorted, spitting out a chunk of sandwich, and me a man bought up not to waste food, even now i can hear my dads voice , " thats good food that is" . that on its own was bad enough but then the effort of it all put my back muscles into spasm and i fell off the bed, in agony and unable to move i burnt my arse on the radiator!, not for effect you understand it just happened to be there. so you should have a warning on the cover for idiots such as myself, do not read this book with your mouthfull, or with a painfull back condition! , i hope you feel suitably chastened. and it was beef in the sandwich as well!
hi, after hearing your chat with johnnie walker last year, her indoors, our glorious leader bless her, set out to buy me one of your books every time an excuse came up (birthday, christmas, valentines etc) i've just finished the fourth one and bugger me thats it!. what to do now, i mean i know you've run out of life to write about but d'ya know what il bet my arse that us students of the expert written word could cope with another book about, well anything really.there's a whole world of stuff out there that i for one could cope with hearing about when written by someone who can write, really write. unlike most biog's which are a list of things where you give up half way through, your books are the bollocks.
heres a few titles i cant remember seeing covered, fat people, what makes them tick?
( thats not a fattist concept, i am myself a bit thick round the middle, which is good going for someone who's spent 33 years walking up steep hills ...milkman) women, what on earth are they on about? ( ok thats a tall order) hell the history of the ford bloody escort , i dont care. there's only so many times i can read 4 books, even yours. ps "her" likes them too.which was a surprise.
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I've just come home after a few drinks and I've come to the conclusion that Map Of India is one of the greatest songs ever written... what does it say? That there is a great swirling mystique about life which can never be defined... am I right old fruit?
MAN were the first live band I ever saw. The Roundhouse which turned out to be the Maximium Darkness album. I was 13 and my mum made me go in my sunday best two tone suit! Ouch!
The best MAN gig EVER was the free one in Harlow Town Park. Amazing times.
Deke and Mickey were amongst the greatest guitar player in the world at that time. They were a huge influence on me and remain so to this day. I am lucky enough to occasionally play with John Mackenzie around town.
Thanks for the music guys!
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It must be a funny business hearing from devoted fans who think of you as an acquaintance, imaginary friend or personal hero. And so I should watch what I say here. Not Unqualified Admiration (a bit naff). Not 'Do you Welcome Visitors' (a refusal might cause offence and what gives one the right or expectation anyway?). Not 'Can you show me a riff please Mister?' (pay attention to what I do live or buy another Man video!) There are many more such 'nots'.
'Thanks' also sounds feeble. But the following might qualify me: atheist, lefty, lazy-cum-imaginative (my Grandmother Abbott was exactly the same in this respect and spent most of her life just thinking about stuff), Welsh, guitarist (in my case only after-a-fashion), pessimist (meaning most days are a pleasant surprise), grey haired, experience of similarly abusive, violent and sneering teachers.... Mmmm. Not really enough is it.
All I can do is visit your next show to which I'm very much looking forward and read anything more books that you might have in you.
It's really all a fan can do.
Very best wishes,
Lord Barnett of Sealand
Dear Herr Leonard
Your effusive apology for doing diddly-squat was going well until you mention Brian Ferry. Although my musical tastes are rather rudimentary (hence my catalogue of Man and Iceberg albums) I would rather listen to a Brittany Ferry rather than the Brian type.
As for procrastination, you have no idea: I am someone who has inherited his mother's DNA. Choosing a meal from a menu enough to send me into flux. Yes, I mocked her for many years before I realised that she had already passed on part of her inheritance to me.
Hearing that you are almost halfway to the age of 140 makes me aware of my own mortality, something I cannot thank you for. Unfortunately, sir, gone are the days when you are able to spit at the Slack Shack in Basingstoke but at least you are still able to be mean with a bottle of Dettol.
By the way, an old clip of Man was shown on Guitar Heroes on BBC4 last night.
Many thanks for The Twang Dynasty, a great read, while reading about your meeting with Scotty Moore I couldn't help thinking back to a gig at Cheltenham with Man (one of four I think) after your stroke. I remember thinking that understandably you were a bit restrained but was delighted to see and hear you at one point just decide "to hell with it" and you really threw yourself into the music. beautiful moment from a guitar slinging romantic warrior! For every note, thanks.
Michael from Newcastle
Hi Deke,thanks for signing my copy of your new book. I'm only a little way through it and have had more laughs in a few pages than I've had for a long time. Your writing is a tonic (as it is in your previous two tomes). Thanks for brightening me up.
Best wishes to you and yours.
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We used to play one of your songs in the first group I was in, it went: 'der der,der der, der der,der do der', (that's the guitar bit) then it said: 'watch you don't touch me' etc. I can't remember what it was called but I enjoyed playing it. Don't owe you any cash, do I? All the best Pete (I played one of Jimi's guitars once, too)
That would be Sudden Life from Revelation.
Could you tell me the full lyrics and title of this song. All I know are these words - Well, I just got into town and I just been lookin round and I play guitar and know just when to smile.
Thanks and thankyou for this service.
That's . Sharpened Claws from the album Kamikaze; it's still listed at Amazon
huw 'buz' evans
what is deke up to now! I've just listened to the recordings he did for radio wales , fantastic! I provided PA systems for Man on many occasions and always enjoyed mixing them , Deke being my favorite I'd like to think that I always got his guitar just right in the mix !! ie barely audible ! only joking mate. Just ordered a mix of cds off amazon to cover part of dekes career. when/where can i see/hear him next ? I managed to catch Mick Green on one of the last Pirates gigs so dont want to miss Deke, as he says why do the good die young !! lol
Hi Deke! Thanx so much for writing your r w & l book. So many wonderful jokes and ähm - details. I'm a native from Darmstadt/Germany (the center of radicalism in the early 70's), born '59, first Nektar gig '72 followed by a Man gig (without you?) in 1973, I guess. But I remember Iceberg playing the Staatstheater-Foyer the same year - wow! Ken wore gigantic brown boots, you wore a wonderful nose and your guitarist (Brian?, looked a bit like the dwearf from Lord of the Rings) played bloody well - there is no picture of him in your book, isn't it? Well keep on writing and playing and whatever. Best wishes, Frank N.
Kirsti from Finland
My brother got your record "Before Your Very Eyes" and I listened to it very eagerly and loved it... I still know the lyrics mostly by heart (have the album on C-casette). One memory: My four older brothers were fans of MAN so they drove 250 kms to Oulu, Finland to see MAN in concert (in 1975 or something?) On the way back home they drove out of the road and crushed dad's car compeletely (in the middle of the Lapland's nightless night) but luckily none of them was injured. I was under ten then so it was quite scary. So, few things to share with you Deke; next I could get your book and read it through! Wishing you all the best
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An ardent fan from the S.F. Bay Area since the 70's. I have fond memories of Man opening for that guy from the Herd @ Winterland. Later I finagled an interview with Man in Berkeley, but was really just a young gushing fan. However there is one thing that you told me which I will always wonder about. You mentioned that cut out area in your Tele was intended for an aquarium like space for fish. Were you putting me on or what? Hope you are well.
Just came accross this site after looking at the People from Lanelli website. Didn't know until now that you had become a legend. Do you remember sitting in the back row of the chemistry class in school teaching me the words to Jailhouse Rock. No wonder I never passed any chemistry exams!
Deke sounds good. I'll go and try and buy the books-should be interesting.
If you see this many best wishes.
"Retro Ron" Thomas
I used to listen to Deke's Iceberg album and loved it intensely. I especially like Lisa I learned to play that tune on my acoustic. I never had the money to buy any more than that album but it was good enough to give me an understanding of his talent. Great job Deke thanks for being an influence in my music endeavors. Keep rockin' til the grave man. Hey great album title huh?
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Dear Deke, I'm also from Hanover like the bloke below me and I read your books too. I loved them!! But where can I buy them. Seems to be very hard to find a copy. May be you could help me.
All the best from Germany Klaus
Deke’s first book Rhinos Winos and Lunatics, currently out of print in English, has been published in German. It’s available as Rhinos Winos and Lunatics - 'Die Legende einer Rock-band'. (Apparently rock’n’roll has a specific meaning in German – the Bill Haley variety). The imprint is DredFix, the company Fantasy Productions.
Dear Deke, maybe you remember me from Hannover, Germany, making/repairing guitars? Just wanted to let you know, that I really enjoyed reading your book! Probably the best I read since years....
Hope you are fine, my very best wises, Thomas
Ronald M. Hahn
I've just read the German translation of your book "Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics". It was a wonderful experience.
Back in the 1970s I think, I recorded one of John peels "Sounds of 70's" radio shows. It contained a track with Male singer/group with guitar... the words very similar to... "Papa don't like my music, he says it sounds like playing a bass. But I don't care cos I like it that way and I do it just to see his face, its a grooooovy face.....I just can't win.. I'm carrying a heavy load, I just cant win..." Mama don't like my living rough, she says I gotta pay what I owe, I just can't win.. I'm carrying a heavy load, I just cant win..." Can't remember the rest as my memory has faded over the years... It was a punchy, fast and loud song with guitar music.. alas I have lost the tape and would love to find out who it was by so that I can get it on iTunes or similar. To help date the music, the same programme had tunes by "Bongos Ikwue" about Nigeria, also Harvey Andrews -The Mallard ... and I think a song by "Love" called "Alone again, Or" (from Forever Changes LP) I suspect from various music forums that the singer might be Deke Leonard on the Iceberg LP. Is this available to buy or download please?
Yes, that's Deke's song I Just Can't Win from the album Iceberg, and is still listed at Amazon top of page
I saw Man many times during the 1970's and once in the 90's - a great band! You and Mickey Jones always sounded so great together - your guitar playing cutting through like a sabre and Mickey's more lyrical playing perfectly complementing it. I hope to come to one of your gigs one day!
Loved man forever. Love Deke solo stuff. Books are essential reading. I play in a blues/rock band in Cheltenham and hilights of our set are always C'mon and Spunk Rock
keep crackin corns
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I got interested in the Manband whilst at School and saw them play live at their first farewell gig at Cardiff Capitol in 1975? I was 17 at the time, which was FANTASTIC great musicianship as always with Man. Maximum Darkness was my introduction to Man and then I worked backwards getting the albums, WONDERFUL STUFF. I remember reading an interview with them in The Melody Maker at that time and Deke and Micky were telling the interviewer that where they came from (Industrial South Wales) you faced either going down the coal mine or into the steel works, so joining a band was an attempt to escape that. As a youngster from Rhymney (VERY INDUSTRIAL) this hit home and I had instant empathy with what these talented men were saying. You have to remember that there were very few ARTISTIC 'role models' around at that time and Man gave us kids from the valleys towns the EXAMPLE, the hope and self esteem and the realisation that you could be an artist and that you didn't have to work 12 hour shifts in a factory. I really mean that.
I went to Newport School of Art on the strength of this idea and have never looked back. I am now 50 years of age and still love Deke's work, I am a painter living in South Wales and I have really enjoyed my life in Art. THANK YOU Deke, and Micky Jones you are partly responsible for this. I have wanted to tell you this for mant years Deke, and this site now makes it possible, you are a genius.
You can see my daubings if you can spare the time, here.
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Bob - New Orleans
It's very strange, the passage of time and resounding memories that remain. I first heard of Deke in the early 70's when I was then living in rural SW Mississippi on WZZQ-FM out of Jackson, MS. AOR stations back then were not known for giving out a lot of info on artists or playlists. I guess they were too busy getting high, playing entire albums at a time like the rest of us. Anyway, it took me a considerable amount of time to actually figure out his name and even the song or much less the album name. Initially, I thought he was "Deep Linard" and the song was "Sleepy Innovation". So, you can imagine the difficulty doing a call-in request or even trying to find the album.
Well, I actually drove 90 miles to the nearest "Big" record store and with a bit of research they figured out his real name. But, of course, "Sleepy Innovation" was not listed on either albumns found, so I ordered both. It took weeks for them to come in and another road-trip to the record store to finally find out the song was "Broken Ovation" from the "Iceberg" albumn. To my delight, I discovered even more astoundingly different and interesting music. Thank you Deke. And thanks for this website and the opportunity to tell my story of fandom.
It's great to know you are still enjoying your musical imprisonment. I will be looking for your books, as I am a big fan of rock history.... loved Spinal Tap. And will look for the latest solo stuff as well.
Come see us sometime in the Big Easy.
Deke, I was as entertained and amused as ever by your recent sleeve notes to the expanded "Be Good To Yourself...". The Rockfield Jam track you say that you played on and that Bananas was already a work in progress. Is that you on bottleneck guitar on the bonus cut of Bananas? It sounds like the earlier band (your vocals on the spacey bits are just about recognisable as if they've been picked up faintly by an instrument mic) but with some electric piano dubbed on after, presumably by Phil or Clive.
Strandhill, County Sligo Ireland.
(On digital radio) I stumbled across the last in the series of the Radio Wales programme. What a gas man! When's the TV series? Pure Spinal T.
Any guitar players or lovers of guitar music might want to check out the Strandhill Guitar Festival web site. Great place great guitar music.
Respect to all.
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I spotted that the old Man records have been released with extra tracks the other day. I was really pleased to see that some of the extra stuff I remember hearing in 1973 through to the 1980's is there now for all to enjoy. Anyway I have just played side 1 of my "Maximum Darknesss" LP at full watts. Wow!! Forget Led Zeppy! Go immediately to 771-551!!
Winos Rhinos and Lunatics is one of the best rock n roll books I've ever read. Laugh out loud funny. What a life these guys lived, sure beats doing 9 to 5 like the rest of us. Fucking brilliant, I gotta get May Be I Should Have Stayed In Bed now!!!! Great player, great band, great book. Rock on.
I just read Rhinos for the first time. I read it in one sitting and couldn't put it down.
A mate of mine (who I should look up really) introduced me to Man one drunked evening after we'd played a gig in some grimy pub that should have been puled down by now. I added Man to the mental shopping list of albums to add to my collection and got off to a great start in the 80's seeing you guys at the now defunct Duchess of York in Leeds. I was living with a rather mad girl who shouted things in Welsh, being from Haverford West I think she felt entitled. I managed to get a couple of CDs that she later nicked. Women eh?
Anyway, this was a great gig and I would dearly love to see you lot playing again and will keep my eye out for something I can get to!
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I remember walking through Swansea on a Saturday afternoon past a pub called the Cardiff Arms and hearing a guitar wail, I peeked around the door and Micky Jones was guesting with local outfit Contraband, one of the best afternoons of my life.
I can recall a gig at the Roundhouse that I was at way back when I was in my teens. We were having a ball but for the chap standing in front of us continually shouting for Banana's to be played. Unfortunately when it was eventually played he was fast as sleep on the deck. We didn't bother to wake him but we did let him know what he had missed when he awoke from his beer (I think) induced slumber. It was a great night and I've been a fan ever since. Deke you need to come to Scotland and in particular the Famous Bein Inn, Glenfarg (look it up). Keep up the great work and thanks for all the years of superb music.
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I'm Spanish fan. Since I was sixteen I like your musical work, I play the guitar too in various bands, and we play sometimes "Lousiana Hoedown".
Thanks Deke, for the contribution you've made to Welsh rock. I'm 57, a musician myself amd a life long Man and Iceberg fan. I look forward to hearing of your one man show coming to a Blaenau Gwent venue. If they ever make a film of even some of your on the road escapades, it'd better carry an XXX rating!!! Love the Radio Wales broadcasts. Keep rockin'...
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Just a note to say how much I enjoyed hearing you on Freak Zone on BBC Radio 6 a week or two back. I am broke! but have a new job starting soon. When I have the money I will buy your CD. That song about Guantanamo Bay was wonderful. Nice to hear people who bother. I really like it.
The O'Sullivan brothers
There are 5 of us and we've seen Man and Iceberg at locations ranging from the Patti Christmas bashes to the Wigan Casino and the Boot Hotel in Aberdare over the last 30 years. The recent gigs with Brian Breeze have been brilliant, especially at the Britton Ferry Rugby Club. I urge you all to get to Neath Legion on 17th December 2006. You will not regret it!
For me Deke´s music is outstanding. His songs always make me in a better mood than I was before listening to him. I also like the liner notes he has written to some of the records I own. I live in the north of Sweden, Lycksele, a small town in Lappland, and Deke and the MAN-band has always been on top of my music-list. Sorry my English ain´t that good but I think you will understand what I´m writing anyway.
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Hi Deke, saw you at the Dugout at Farnborough on Saturday and thought it was a great show - a shame that this will be Brian's penultimate gig but now he's got a proper job ...
Thanks for signing all my bits and pieces as well, it was a pleasure to meet you and I hope I will get the opportunity to see the next incarnation of Iceberg when you are up this way again.
This isn't really a comment. No, that is incorrect. This is not a comment - it's a question. Can you remember which tracks you contributed to on the Rachel Sweet "Protect the Innocent" LP? You mentioned in Issue #1 of TWC "I've Got A Reason" and I am trying to compile a definitive discography to aid Julian at the Archive.
Yes, you are not right. I recorded four songs for Rachel Sweet, including 'No Reason', but I don't know if they used all of them or remember what they were called. Glad I could be of help. The other day, Martin Piper from Sevenoaks gave me a copy of 'Shelley', the Marty Wilde single I played on. I'd never heard it before. It was allright. I also played piano on the B-side of the Mixtures' second hit. I think it was a song called 'Slow Train', but I could be wrong. Ah, those fleeting moments of greatness. Don't run with scissors, Deke
I loved the article in the Guitar & Bass magazine, and I particularly liked the mention of your original sunburst Telecaster - which could so easily have been mine!
We were on the same bill as your band in the Casino Ballroom in Mumbles in 1967, and I was using a Gibson SG with P90 pickups as a replacement for my recently-stolen Telecaster. I remember that you pestered me for ages to swap my Gibson for your Tele, but I was enjoying the Gibson so much at the time that I refused to even consider an exchange - pity really, because some years later I swapped my Gibson for Whitey's '62 Stratocaster, and that turned out to be a bit of a dog. Although I've still got the Strat and I still play it, with hindsight I would rather have had your old Telecaster - oh well !
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D. Wells "Rockin' the Blues from Canada"
A fascinating background you have! I learned about you from a John Cipollina recording (Raven) wherein he covers your musical masterpiece, "Razor Blade & Rattlesnake". Was there another band that recorded that? It sure sounded familiar to me, but surely from another source...?
Note - it was originally on the album Iceberg - there is an mp3 clip in the music section.
I remember the first gig that I saw Deke play was when he was supporting Brinsley Schwartz At Barry Memorial Hall, I was the DJ for the evening. He arrived late as the bands gear had been pinched and had to do with hastly gathered equipment. Although the equipment wasn't the best, Deke made the best of a bad situation and played an amazing set and was better recieved then the Brinsleys.
I met up with him a year later in Coventry where he kindly spent some time to chat. The highlight that night was Deke and Iceberg joining Man for an extended Spunk Rock.
Deke is truly a superb guitarist, totally underated and I look forward to seeing him live again some time soon.
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FJ in SF
Every year on April 3rd I think of the Deke Leonard song of the same name from Kamakaze.
Deke you are an amazing talent. Has anyone ever noticed the similarity between your musical style and that of Beethoven? Aside from being born on or near the same day, your music style is very bold, has many underlying and recurring themes yet maintains an overall seemingly simple melody.
The guitarwork on Kamakaze especially never ceases to amaze me. Not that you are playing impossible lines but that you are layering one beautifully tasty part over another.
I never got the idea that you were nearly as much a fan of yourself as some of us are but I just wanted to put down in writing what an influence your musicianship, lyrical abilty, vocals, arrangenments and sense of humor have been.
Have been a fan for years and years ever since I heard "Diamond Road" back in the good old days. A DJ on an underground station in Birmingham, Alabama used to play your music in the 70s, his name was Father Tree!!
I love Deke's music and want info on how to purchase the new album. (I'm at work now so I'll have to wait till I get home to check it out).
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What a fantastic gig at the Briton Ferry Rugby Club. These are the true legends of Rock and Roll. Unique sound and style they don't make Rock stars like this any more, these guys have class and we have been fortunate to have seen them over the years. To anyone who hasn't read Deke Leonard's books please do so now. They are candid and very funny as well. To do what these guys have done is very brave. It's about time they were knighted for their contribution to music and hellraising and also to remain true gentlemen.
Nearly ten years after those two Man gigs at the Bottom Line, Shepherds Bush, (now the Walkabout), where you signed my Iceberg/Kamikaze CD "To Michael, Amaze Yourself With Your Own Daring"! Well, I haven't, but l've tried! The Jayhawk IS so Special.
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I first heard Man when I was about 13 and arriving at my older bro's house I heard Scotch Corner. I think it was 1976. I smoked my first non-tobacco "jazz cigarette" that day. It seemed I had missed all the fun of being a Man fan. Still, I obsessively collected eveything I could lay my hands on in the way that teenage boys do. I couldn't believe it when Deke started playing the Hope & Anchor in Isington - I went to every gig and for some bizzare reason I annoyingly shouted for Map of India between each song.
When Man reformed in 1980 I was thrilled, by then I had met at gigs a number of similar minded man fans my own age - we were all there at the Marquee gig - now on DVD. The highpoint of my fandom came when a pair of us decided to travel to Coventry from London to see the band at a pub gig and arrived hours early. The band were very generous to us and we helped pack away the kit at the end of the night. They invited us to join them at an indian resaurant afterwards (my friend Andy unfortunately threw up all down the side of the car we went in) and I was treated by Deke to my first ever curry. I don't remember too much about the evening but the band put us up in their hotel. Andy went home the next day but I stayed on and travelled with the band to their next two gigs acting as an honorary roadie.
I remember arriving at Barry and the young waiter at lunchtime asking Deke for his autograph and Deke later in the afternoon standing in the road looking at the sea quoting Dylan Thomas. Probably the most bizzare gig I went to was in the Battersea Community Centre, in South london - I think it was someones party - we chatted to the band before the gig and I happend to have a couple of tabs of acid in my possession - I offered the "spare" one round - the only taker was Mr Ace.
I can only describe what followed as the most maniacal bass playing I've ever witnessed - although to be fair by the time Man played I was feeling a trifle unusual. I haven't seen the band much at all these last 20 years - jeez that sounds a long time - as I've been busy getting married going to Oxford University to get my masters degree (I mention this only to demonstrate that Man fans really are the intellectual cream of the listening classes) - but the generosity of Deke and the band and of course the thrill of hearing such fantastic music will always remain with me and has had no small part in shaping the course of my life.
thankyou thankyou thankyou.
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In Deke's book "Rhinos Winos and Lunatics" he mentions he would like to know what the Japanese writing on the cover of Kamikaze says. Here it is.
The front cover says (are you sitting down?): "Deke Leonard Kamikaze"
The back says:
"Dedicated to followers of cricket worldwide.
This abum was recorded with the "invisible" recording process.
Released by United Artists"
Cardiff Castle 1976? Man, Thin Lizzy, 10cc, Steeleye Span... Bananas in the rain... blistering guitar from Man... Iceberg/Kamikaze, oh, my friends thought you were so uncool, but I didn't care, guitar work so fluid and lyrical, lyrics so apt... thanks Deke...
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Just Another Jones from Llanelli
So Deke Leonard was seen in San Francisco. That’s nothing, I saw him in ASDA Llanelli, what a show, the way he pushed that squeaky trolley around the crisps and biscuits was great, and the checkout was brilliant, smooth as silk. Great light show too. Twenty five years since your last solo album, you do that again mate and I’ll come round your house cut your guitar strings off. Need another album by 2007 or that’s the last time I come to see you in ASDA. You have been warned.
Thanks for Freedom and Chains and all your music throughout the years, it’s kept me sane in this mad mad getting madder world. Music may not have made you a lot money, but just think, how abundantly rich you are because of it.
Swansea I´m coming! Since I´ve read the announcement of the gig in Patti´s on this homepage some weeks ago it was immediately clear for me: you have to go there to see him on stage the 15 July! Today I´ve bought the flight ticket from Hannover, Germany to come to the gig. Now I hope that I still can get an entry- ticket on the night -I don´t know how to do an reservation from Germany. It´s crazy all this, isn´t it? Doing 2200 km by aeroplane "only" to see Deke on stage.
But I must. Since about 30 years he - and surely the Man-Band are an important part of my live. Several times the week his music gives me great moments between all the dayly obligations of live. For me it is absolutely relaxing. Sitting down in a chair very near by the boxes or wearing headphones, a glas of wine in the hand, music on and than dreaming away with the guitar of Deke. Since the middle of the 80´s (the reunion I think, no?) i try to see him and the Manband on stage every time possible. This would be the first time that I´ll see Deke live on stage with Iceberg and that I would see him outside of Germany. Since the booking-moment tomorrow morning i´m really excited for this moment. Go on making your great, fantastic music for us, Deke. With your own band or (and?) with the Manband.
Greetings from Hannover, Germany.
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We did a filmed called ALICE IN STORAGELAND shot in San Francisco. The writer and director, Fred Jardin is a great fan of Deke Leonard. The lead character in the film (a med genius) wears an old Deke Leonard Iceberg T-Shirt from the 70s.
Fred Jardin boasts that he saw Deke Leonard and Man perform three nights in a row in 1975. One night at the Savoy Tivoli in San Freancisco (private music biz gig), the next night at Winterland and the 3rd night at the Keystone Berkeley.
Jardin got to meet his hero in 1985 at a London club. Arriving early for a club date Fred introduced himself to Deke. He's says Deke was gracious, bought him a beer and sat down to chat.
Jardin's favorite Deke line "Living isn't something I do well" .
Glad to see 4 Corners of Hell officially recorded - much better quality than the old cassette tape I made of the broadcast, back when I was a fit and lithe twenty-something.
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Paul Eric Bishop
I've been a Man Fan ever since I heard Sudden Life in 1969 on John Peel's radio show (what a great man he was.) I went out and bought Revelation, then every other studio album, a few live ones, and your Iceberg & Kamikaze. Thank you for giving me so much aural pleasure over the years! Even now I listen to a few tracks every night!! To me, you are Man's Lennon and Micky is the McCartney of the band's musical style. I know you have to do your own thing from time to time but I hope that one day soon you'll return to the fold. I have just read both of your books and they're BRILLIANT. Hope there'll be an episode three!
Good to see the website up and running... I've read both the books on quite a few occasions, nice to see Rhino's back in print.
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Austria calling! Today Swansea tomorrow the World!! I´ve finally got an add where I can get in touch! Just wanted to say I´m still enjoying the books tremendously as we (my girlfriend and I) are the Man band CDs. We are looking very much forward to hearing your last solo cd "Freedom and Chains"...
About 30 years ago, when I was about 9 years old, I was dumpster-diving in the behind the dorms at Ohio University. I found a copy of ICEBERG. Over the years this has stayed one of my all time favorite records of the era. Thanks so much! Looking forward to hearing the new stuff!
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