The Sound Of Fury, Billy’s first LP, is still widely revered as the best British rock’n’roll record ever made. When Billy first appeared on TV, a generation of teenagers found true love. In 1973, he was brought out of semi-retirement to play Stormy Tempest – a semi-parody of himself – in the movie That’ll Be The Day. Billy’s magic rose magnificently above the parody.
From Billy’s troubled childhood in Liverpool, via gold and silver lamé, to his later years as a farming ornithologist and a comeback cut short by his premature death, David and Caroline Stafford’s sparkling biography brings to life this captivating performer. Billy knew everybody, auditioned The Beatles to be his backing band, met and outhandsomed Elvis, partied with Keith Moon and hosted acid parties. Yet, throughout the mayhem, he always remained true to himself: diffident and amused.