In the Midnight Hour: The Life and Soul of Wilson Pickett, by Tony Fletcher

This week Tony Fletcher, a dear old pal (and fellow scribe/former Mod) is in town from New York to promote his just published biography of Wilson Pickett (Oxford University Press) and so on wednesday evening we got to hang out and see him deliver a great interview in Islington to a full house as part of the Word In Your Ear series of events related to music writing.

In the Midnight Hour is an intense read. Pickett’s childhood under Jim Crow in 40s Alabama was brutally tough in so many ways, and with the help of family interviews and relentlessly brilliant woven-in research Tony really helps the reader understand quite a few of the whys of the so-called Wicked Pickett’s ways.

It’s twenty years now since Tony completed Dear Boy, his fantastic biography of Keith Moon and we reminisced about the launch party I organised for him back then at London’s Borderline – an amazing and exciting night on so many levels. And here he is again having, in his words, written the biography of another consummate showman and larger than life charismatic musician who refused to ever really deal with his demons.

Bravo Tony for this latest great tome. Here for our tune of the day is Pickett doing Funky Broadway – what a pulsing vibe coming from that rhythm section. Turn it up and imagine being part of that stage invasion!

And Happy Weekend to all our friends and colleagues around the world.

 

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Helen and Tony at The Islington, Feb 2017. Photo: Kris