Lee Brilleaux: Rock n' Roll Gentleman by ZoÌÇ Howe
'Zoe Howe is one of our finest music biographers... In the case of Lee Brilleaux, she has undoubtedly done us a great service as this is a book that needed to be written about the iconic frontman of one of the most influential British bands of all time' ‰ÛÒ Dave Jennings, Louder Than War
Lee Brilleaux, the uniquely charismatic star of proto-punk R&B reprobates Dr Feelgood, was one of rock‰۪n‰۪roll‰۪s greatest frontmen. But he was also one of its greatest gentlemen ‰ÛÒ a class act with heart, fire, wanderlust and a wild streak. Exploding out of Canvey Island in the early 1970s ‰ÛÒ an age of glam rock, post-hippy folk and pop androgyny ‰ÛÒ the Feelgoods, with Lee Brilleaux and Wilko Johnson at the helm, charged into London, grabbed the pub rock scene by the throat and sparked a revolutionary new era, proving that you didn‰۪t have to be middle class, wearing the ‰Û÷right clothes‰۪ or living in the ‰Û÷right place‰۪ to succeed.
Lee Brilleaux: Rock‰۪n‰۪Roll Gentleman, while a totally different work, is a companion of sorts to the hugely popular Wilko Johnson book: Looking Back At Me (also co-authored by Howe). It is the first comprehensive appreciation of Lee Brilleaux and, with its numerous exclusive interviews and previously unseen images, is a book no Dr Feelgood fan would wish to be without.
ZoÌÇ Howe is a music author whose other books include the acclaimedTypical Girls? The Story of the Slits; ‰Û÷How‰۪s Your Dad?‰۪ Living in the Shadow of a Rock Star Parent, British Beat Explosion ‰ÛÒ Rock n‰۪ Roll Island and Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson‰۪s memoir Looking Back At Me, published by Cadiz Music in 2012. Her writing has also appeared in The Quietus, Company, Notion, BBC Music, Holy Moly,Classic Rock and NME. ZoÌÇ has also made music radio series for stations including the award-winning Resonance FM, and she can be heard talking about rock n‰۪ roll from time to time on BBC 6 Music, Absolute Radio, Planet Rock, BBC London and elsewhere.