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Colin Bertram was born in Edinburgh. In 2012 he self-published a book titled "Drum Solos, Bottles and Bands - Memories of a Concert-goer 1981-1999". He wrote, edited and formatted the text and published it as a paperback and an e-book. He has a background in IT, has worked in Higher Education and has also run his own web design company.
Sam Bertram grew up in North Buckinghamshire, and she retains a fondness for the unusual saints and stories of that area. Writing as Samantha Riches she has published two books and a number of articles on the cult of St George and other pseudo-historical saints; she has also worked as an editor and proofreader, particularly for books published by Lancaster University.
Twenty British Folktales is Colin and Sam's first book together.
on July 22, 2012 :
Writing this is somewhat tricky as I have to try and remain objective as Colin is a good buddy and it could appear that I'm being biased. So here is my attempt at being objective.
Its' clear that Colin is a music fan who adores music no matter the genre. He doesn't give 2 hoots about whether its' trendy or hip. So what you get is a large variety of music ranging from the likes of The Manic Street Preachers, The Stranglers and Jane's Addiction to Elton John, Queen and Thin Lizzy.
Colin has a remarkable memory, I barely remember what I had for breakfast yesterday. How he manages with a fair degree of accuracy to pinpoint what row he was sitting in at The Stranglers in 1983 is beyond me. The gigs have a roughly chronological sequence, starting with the first gig Sky in '81 all the way to Hugh Cornwell in 2000. All this is interspersed with what Colin was doing in his life at the time, which gives it an added personal touch.
The book is written in a down to earth style that eschews the pretentious philosophical musings of your average rock scribe ala Paul Morley, Greil Marcus et al. He doesn't treat each and every gig as some sort of grandiose statement on the condition of man. That's what makes this book so relatable, you feel like you're actually there. At least I did. All in all I would say this is a very well researched and interesting first novel by the delightful young Mr Bertram.
(reviewed the day of purchase)