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Rock Legends at Rockfield

Second Edition, Revised and Expanded Edition

A history of the legendary music studio behind Queen, Oasis, and more—updated with new chapters about the last twenty years.
Rockfield is a recording studio that lives up to its name. Over the past fifty years, this rural Monmouthshire locale has played host to a bevy of British musical legends—from Robert Plant, Queen, and Black Sabbath to Oasis, the Stone Roses, Motörhead to present day acts like Thunder and The Dirty Youth. A rich narrative history packed with behind-the-scenes anecdotes, updated since its original 2007 release, Rock Legends at Rockfield features interviews with legendary artists who tell the bizarre tales behind modern classics like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Oasis’s “Live Forever.” Along the way, Jeff Collins examines how these dilapidated farm buildings and solid-stone studios became one of the most famous brands in recording history. Not to be missed by any fan of British music or classic rock scholar,Rock Legends at Rockfield is an uproarious and eminently readable look at one of the most legendary studios in the world.

200 pages | 5 x 7 3/4

Biography and Letters

History: British and Irish History

Music: General Music

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"For a story begging to be told, Collins does a thorough job, recounting vividly Rockfield's legacy and session antics from food fights to fisticuffs."

Classic Rock Magazine

"A landmark biography of Wales's most famous recording studio."

Western Mail (UK)

"This anecdotally rich book is breezily written with extended quotations forming the heart of the story of a still-in-use studio. It will appeal to rock-history fans in search of both musical lore and the stories behind some of rock’s most memorable albums and bands."

Library Journal

Table of Contents

1‘From small acorns …’
2Sabbath Bloody Sabbath – Ozzy’s causing mayhem at Rockfield
3Welsh rockers Budgie influence metal greats
4Hawkwind invent space rock in Wales
5Motörhead’s painful birth at Rockfield
6Worldwide hit singles – Queen and Ace rule the airwaves!
7Judas Priest, Rush and Gillan: legendary names descend on Rockfield
8The 1980s usher in a new breed
9Led Zeppelin legend rediscovers himself in the pubs and studios
at Monmouth
10The 1990s: Oasis and The Stone Roses raise hell at Rockfield
11Tokyo Dragons, Kasabian and The Darkness usher in the 21st century!
Rockfield timeline

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