|About the Book|
Gary Gayner was a member of ‘Jack’, a successful pop band from Bristol. In 1977 music agent Barry Sullivan took the band to London, promising to make them national stars under the name of ‘The National Smile Band’. This is a story of youthfulMoreGary Gayner was a member of ‘Jack’, a successful pop band from Bristol. In 1977 music agent Barry Sullivan took the band to London, promising to make them national stars under the name of ‘The National Smile Band’. This is a story of youthful ambition, of hopes raised and ultimately dashed, and the fickle world of pop. Funny, wistful, nostalgic and sad this true story is a gripping read as the fortunes of the band rise and fall, to a stunning conclusion.‘Bright Lights Dark Days’ tells the true story of five school friends from working class Bristol who want the fame, riches and adulation of pop stars. Self-taught musicians they find success on the local pub and club scene before being spotted by London’s leading music agent. What follows is a roller coaster ride as the band’s ambitions seem near to fulfilment only to recede again. With a strong cast of characters that includes household names such as Paul McCartney and Freddie Mercury, the book describes the glamorous but seedy pop world of 1970s London. But it is really about the hopes and ambitions of starry-eyed youth, dashed by a cynical world.Band member Gary Gayner has been driven to tell this extraordinary story. It will appeal to anyone who can remember the 1970s, to those interested in the music scene, but above all to anyone who loves to be gripped by a good read. This is no gilded, happy, recollection. Although light-hearted at times Gary is brutally honest about his feelings as deceit followed flattery, as relationships fell apart under the strain, and as his eyes were opened to a world that, in his youthful naivety, he did not know existed. This unvarnished, open-hearted, honesty makes ‘Bright Light Dark Days’ a powerful as well as an entertaining read.