While You See a Chance: The Steve Winwood Story

While You See a Chance: The Steve Winwood Story

by John Van Der Kiste


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Born in Birmingham, Steve Winwood was already a semi-professional musician, playing keyboards and guitar, while still at school. As lead vocalist with The Spencer Davis Group, he had had two chart-topping singles by the time he was aged eighteen. In 1967 he formed Traffic, long noted as one of the major British psychedelic groups whose music also borrowed from jazz and folk influences as well as rock and pop. A brief hiatus saw him join forces with Eric Clapton in the shortlived Blind Faith, thereafter returning to Traffic until they disbanded in 1974 (and briefly reformed twenty years later). Throughout his subsequent solo career, he has been much respected on both sides of the Atlantic as a vocalist, all-round musician and regular collaborator with or session player for other artists. This is the first biography for nearly thirty years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781556733
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Sales rank: 821,992
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

John Van der Kiste has published over forty books including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria's Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II and The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family and ‘Alfred—Queen Victoria's Second Son’ and ‘Prussian Princesses’ for Fonthill. He lives in Devon.

Table of Contents

Foreword 5

1 'Gently encouraged towards music' 9

2 'Carving out an identity' 17

3 'Different styles all mixed into one' 31

4 'Just the quiet lads upstairs' 45

5 'We'd had no natural growth' 59

6 'How free and open could you get?' 71

7 'I wanted something else' 94

8 'It's a serious job' 112

Discography 135

Endnotes 143

Bibliography 149

Index 152

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