GAZ'S ROCKIN' BLUES - THE FIRST 30 YEARS by Gaz Mayall
Gaz's Rockin' blues is an institution and London's longest running one-nighter club. It was founded by Gaz Mayall on the 3rd of July 1980 and was held at Gossip's on Dean Street, Soho, until November 1995 when it moved to its current venue St Moritz in Wardour Street.
The eldest son of blues legend John Mayall, Gaz began collecting records aged 17, bulk buying cheap reggae and ska collections down street markets such as Portbello road and brick lane at a time when it seemed no one wanted them. In late 1986 he formed his band The Trojans, and for the last nineteen years has been running his own record label Gaz's Rockin' Records, producing ska acts and artistes around the world.
Never missing a Thursday night in 30 years, Gaz DJ's and hosts, and occasionally plays live with his ska band The Trojans. Gaz was raised on a musical diet of R&B and was dragged around every beat, pop & rock festival and venues throughout the sixties as a child, becoming a lifelong fan of reggae as a kid on the football terraces in the skinhead era circa 1968-72. He is also a great fan of boogie woogie, rock'n'roll, traditional Irish music, funk and world music.
This book is released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the club night in July 2010, and features all the flyers and posters made especially for the night over the years, as well as some photos, anecdotes and everything you wanted to know about this legendary and well-loved night.