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The Angels - Bob Yates

Paperback Published: 31st July 2017
ISBN: 9780143782636
Number Of Pages: 448

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The Angels roared out of the 1970s with multi-platinum albums, hits and record-breaking tours. The band was formed by the trio of Rick and John Brewster and Doc Neeson. Songs from their classic albums are as pertinent today as they were when they were released, thanks to John and Rick, the genius songwriting team, who, together with Doc, generated some of the greatest rock ever produced in this country.

During the 2000s the Brewsters and Doc fell out and legal battles ensued. Eventually they settled differences and reformed, but Doc was ill and died in 2014.

The Angels have since risen phoenix-like, with Screaming Jets front-man Dave Gleeson on vocals. With the Brewsters’ twin-guitar attack in full flight and passion and ambitions reignited, they are once again at the top of the rock ’n’ roll greasy pole. New albums, sell-out tours, rock festivals with thousands singing every song and roaring the infamous chant during the evergreen ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’.

Over the past two years they’ve regaled long-time associate Bob Yates with the inside story, warts and all. The result is the definitive book about one of Australia’s most iconic rock bands.

About the Author

While recuperating from an operation, Bob Yates opened a folk club in a Balmain church hall in 1974 which led to him promoting small concerts and big dances with Skyhooks, Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band, Radio Birdman, Saints, Sports, Ferrets . . . and The Angels. For two years, Bob was managed New Zealand band Mi-Sex and toured them throughout US with the likes of Iggy Pop and the Ramones before leaving the music industry and growing his own croissant-delivery business in Sydney.

Bob has been friends with The Angels since the mid-70's. The Angels is his first book.


Great history of the band.


I bought the book not because I am a major Angel's fan but because as I am researching & writing about NZ musicians in Australia & Kiwi Brent Eccles was the drummer with the Angels for nearly 20 years. In reading the book, I discovered lots about a truly magnificent Australian band driven by talent, determination & an ability to adapt when necessary.



A fantastic history of a great Australian rock band


This is a warts and all story of one of the great and most influential Australian rock and roll bands. The book displays the tension amongst the band members, their private lives, the public persona's and more importantly, how the music was the key issue. Anyone with a passing interest in Australian music history should "do themselves a favour".



Angels 🤘🏻


Interesting and insightful look at one of Australian musics greatest bands

South Australia



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ISBN: 9780143782636
ISBN-10: 0143782630
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 31st July 2017
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.8  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.62