Book Review: The Semi-Pro Sixth

The Semi-Pro Sixth

By David Caulfield

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ISBN: ISBN 978-0-9573542-0-3 Price: £11.99

Win a free copy!

The 1960s was a fantastic decade for music in the UK. Rock ‘n Roll was turning into Rock and being in a band (though they were called ‘groups’ back then) was just about compulsory for any schoolboy who wasn’t a nerd – and quite a few who were! But how did you do it? How did you actually become a musician? We look back on 1950s and ‘60s instruments with nostalgia but for every beige Vox AC30 and 1959 Les Paul there was also a host of uplayable rubbish that was all most could afford. There was next to no tuition available and nowhere to go for advice or help. The result was an era of self­teaching, invention and discovery – with a lot of hilarity on the way!


David Caulfield was one of the ‘60s wannabes who went on to spend his career in the musical technology field and has collected a host of anecdotes from friends and contemporaries about what it was like to be an aspiring Rock star back when no one was quite sure what a Rock star was. This book is most likely to appeal to UK readers – particularly those who were around at the time – and is one to dip into rather than take to the beach. It’s certainly going to bring back a lot of memories!


WIN a copy of ‘The Semi-Pro Sixties’ By David Caulfield

We have one copy of this fun book to give away in this issue. All you have to do is answer the following question, then email your answers ( e.g. Q1 – A) marked ‘60s Book’ along with your name, email address and daytime phone number to competitions@ Make sure we receive your entry no later than 20th December 2012. The same rules apply as for this issue’s Wampler pedals competition, so we’re not going to waste space by repeating them. All you really need to know is that you must be a subscriber to enter: it’s easy and it’s free!

OK… here are the questions.

Q. Singer Van Morrison’s first hit Sixties band was called

A]        The Hollies

B]        The Swinging Blue Jeans

C]        Them

Remember – entries to marked ‘60s Book’ must reach us by no later than 31st October 2016. Good luck!

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