This is a fully illustrated popular history of Scottish rock 'n' roll. When Scotland falls for something, it falls for it big - and Scotland fell for rock 'n' roll at a very early stage. From the immediate post-war period to the new century, the nation has generated more rock stars per head than anywhere else in the world. "Big Noise" looks at the sound of Scotland and discovers its background through the stories and memories of those who made it. Using a blend of exclusive interviews and unpublished photos, Martin Kielty presents a character-led portrait of the fans, bands and businessmen who were there. The narrative moves from the early days of skiffle and ballrooms, through the global success stories of the 70s and 80s, to the pop giants of today, sharing many personal moments behind hundreds of hits and misses. "Big Noise" is a fast-paced read, dripping with humour, passion and drama. Delivered in Martin Kielty's trademark style, it provides maximum content and entertainment for casual and committed readers alike. His position as a music promoter as well as a journalist means he's well placed to tell the story with insight, understanding and wit.
Martin Kielty has given up trying to be a rock star and hangs around with them instead. After ten years in national newspapers, he began managing bands. He's an award-nominated multimedia journalist who's worked out that 'writing a book' is a great excuse to switch off the phone. Big Noise is his fourth book and his third about Scottish rock 'n' roll history.