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COMPANY HISTORY

Northdown Publishing Ltd was formed in 1988 as a vehicle to market the work of author and journalist Michael Heatley.

 

We have been putting our music and entertainment titles into e-book format (see right). Our first Kindle was 'Elvis Costello - The Early Years', followed by John Tobler and Stuart Grundy's 'Guitar Greats', based on the acclaimed BBC radio series of the same name.

 

R.I.P. DEKE LEONARD 

  

On 31 January 2017 we sadly lost Deke Leonard to a suspected heart attack. His books and recordings will remain his legacy. Deke's four books 'The Twang Dynasty', 'Maybe I Should've Stayed In Bed', 'Maximum Darkness'  and 'Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics' are now available on Kindle, as is an excerpt – 'Land Of My Fathers' – covering Welsh guitarists, with a new foreword from the author. ‘Deke Speaks’, a Kindle-only compilation of articles, is also available at a special price.

 

Our latest Kindle title is Dave Hill's history of Lindisfarne - 'Fog On The Tyne'. This officially sanctioned book is the last word on the successful and much-loved Seventies band from Newcastle who topped the charts with their second album and created classics like ‘Meet Me On The Corner’.

Dave interviewed all band members for the book, which has been well reviewed.




 

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Fog On The Tyne – The Official History Of Lindisfarne

 

At last… The definitive book written by Dave Ian Hill and now fetching up to £97.48 in printed form (thanks Amazon!) has been updated by the author for a Kindle edition.

 

With interviews with all the key players, it earned five-star reviews and remains a labour of love. Jack the Lad, Radiator and related groups all receive full coverage as the ups and downs are recounted in graphic, honest detail.

 

The Lindisfarne Story continues, and this is a great way to fill in the gaps!

Just click on the cover picture to buy the Kindle book from Amazon.


Maximum Darkness: Man On The Road To Nowhere - Deke Leonard - available in print and on Kindle!

Don't miss the third book in Deke Leonard’s autobiographical trilogy after Maybe I Should’ve Stayed In Bed and Rhinos, Winos & Lunatics.

It picks up his epic journey in 1977 as he fights to resurrect his solo career, chronicles Man’s re-formation in 1983 and follows their battle to reclaim their status as one of the world’s leading acid-rock bands up until his departure.

Highlights include Deke giving guitar lessons to Ten Years After’s Alvin Lee, crossing swords with Wishbone Ash and lecturing the Animals’ Eric Burdon on stagecraft – tales told with his inimitable style and customary dry wit. Smokey Robinson, Ian Dury, Phil Lynott, Walter Egan and Tina Turner are among the other characters in a fascinating and often rib-tickling story.


His previous autobiographical books have each reprinted at least twice. Rhinos has become a cult classic, while 2012’s The Twang Dynasty – Deke’s insightful analysis of the most influential guitarists in popular music – was acclaimed by Classic Rock as ‘the most illuminating, idiosyncratic, illuminating and entertaining book on the subject available anywhere’ and was Guitar & Bass’s Book of the Month.

This was Deke's final book, and material from it formed part of his one-man show which he toured with until his death, as well as continuing to appear with Son of Man right up until the end of 2016. Maximum Darkness is required reading for music fans of all ages.

 

This excellent book carries you along on a wave of reminiscences, insights and humour. Marc d'Aboville, Amazon

Humorous to the point of side-splitting in parts with highly entertaining anecdotes tempered by a raft of missed opportunities, some seemingly self-inflicted… Ian Fraser, Terrascope Online

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E-BOOKS AVAILABLE NOW!

DEKE SPEAKS

The latest Kindle venture is a collection of Deke’s musings from The Welsh Connection fanzine from the 1990s to the present day. More hilarious on the road tales from the maestro!

Clicking here will take you to the Deke Speaks Amazon page. Just £2.99.

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Rhinos, Winos and Lunatics NOW available for Kindle!

PRINT VERSION SOLD OUT! BUY YOUR KINDLE VERSION HERE

Deke Leonard's latest book - PRINT VERSION!
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MAXIMUM DARKNESS - MAN ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE - POSTED IN UK

MAXIMUM DARKNESS - MAN ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE - POSTED IN EUROPE

MAXIMUM DARKNESS - MAN ON THE ROAD TO NOWHERE - POSTED WORLDWIDE

 
 

Previously unreleased 1970s single by Deke Leonard, now available as digital single.

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Click the image to buy this MP3 now from CD Baby - only $1.15

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Now available again - Deke's 2008 CD on Angel Air.

£8.00 including UK P&P. £10.80 including European Postage and £12.00 elsewhere.

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