We Can Swing Together: The Story of Lindisfarne

We Can Swing Together: The Story of Lindisfarne

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  • Thoroughly researched history of one of Britain’s longest-established folk-rock groups
  • Detailed and comprehensive discography
  • Essential reading for any lover of ’70s and ’80s rock music
  • Includes information provided to the author by surviving original members such as Rod Clements (leader of the current line-up) and Ray Laidlaw

When singer-songwriter Alan Hull joined the group Brethren in 1969 and they were renamed Lindisfarne shortly afterwards, nobody could have foreseen that the name would still be around more than forty years later. It has been a chequered saga for them, from the members’ origins in the beat and folk boom of their teenage years, to their swiftly-won reputation as one of Britain’s most popular live attractions and the remarkable success of the chart-topping second album Fog on the Tyne, from the issues – which divided them into two camps in 1973 and a total disbandment two years later – to a reunion following two annual series of Christmas concerts in their native Newcastle and beyond.

They survived the sudden death of Hull in 1995 and several changes in line-up until 2003, dispersing and then reforming again some ten years later. This tells the story of their long and colourful history, the ups and downs, and the singles, albums and concerts, which made them a unique name in popular music history.


John Van der Kiste has written over sixty books, including titles on The Beatles, Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood, historical and royal biographies covering the Stuart, Georgian and Hanoverian eras, works on local history, true crime, fiction and plays. He has reviewed books and records for national, local and independent publications and websites, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He lives in Devon.

Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: paperback
Extent: 176 pages
Illustrations: 35 colour photographs


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