This week sees the publication of the book All Too Beautiful
written by Paolo Hewitt with John Hellier. It's the definitive story
of one of London's all time great rock n rollers: Steve Marriott...
I met him in '83, Marriott was wearing a shabby tweed overcoat
and looked like he could've just returned from pulling a fruit
and veg stall out of Berwick Street market..."
exhaustive account of the East End musical maverick, it spans his
beginnings as a child prodigy, his memorable work with arch top
Mods the Small Faces, and all the way through to his later work
with Humble Pie, his subsequent solo career and his untimely death
I had the pleasure of meeting Marriott back in the winter of 1983,
outside the old Giaconda Cafe (a Small Faces hangout back in the
60s) in London's Denmark Street.
a meeting I'll never forget.
was being interviewed for the NME by Paolo, who kindly invited
me to come along to meet him once the interview had wrapped.
whirlwind in action in 1971 (photo unknown)
a character Marriott was! A veritable whirlwind of energy and humour
and a mountain of quips and anecdotes.
pleased to say I have a picture of the occasion, which I treasure
to this day.
It's interesting looking back at that photo now because he couldn't
have been more of a contrast to the sharp-dressed teen icon who
set the pace back in the day.
was wearing a shabby, long tweed overcoat and a flat cap and looked
like he could've just returned from pulling a fruit and veg stall
out of Berwick Street market!
reading the book reminded me that this period saw Marriott returning
to his roots and playing the pubs with his band The Packet Of Three,
a long way from the arenas and mega sales of former contemporaries
like Rod Stewart and Peter Frampton, a fact which irked him something
Which is why it's nice to see this book and the success of various
recent compilations that give the man his 'propers'. His proper
won't see the like of Steve Marriott again and All Too Beautiful
captures him perfectly. A right riveting read as they say.
Too Beautiful' by Paolo Hewitt and John Hellier is published by
Helter Skelter books and is available on limited special offer @£15.
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