Subsequent Finale : An Israeli Music Story Experienced Through the Eyes of a British 60s Rock Musician
Subsequent Finale is Robb Huxley's second book in a proposed trilogy of memoirs of the years he spent in the music business. It covers a two year period of the time that he spent working in Israel with the Israeli rock group The Churchills. The absence of elegance and sophisticated ambiance in his writing is apparent in the way he tells his story in a down to earth, easy to read, plain English fashion, with nuts and bolts accounts of day to day life in Israel, intimate stories of playing in an Israeli band, the seemingly impossible task of forging a musical revolution in Israel and details of song writing and recording sessions. All in all Huxley tells it just the way it was and how he remembers it. As an added bonus included in the book is an appendix of a collection of never before seen, illustrated writings, poems and song lyrics written by Huxley together with his songwriting partner Stan Solomon who was the lead singer and front man of The Churchills. Subsequent Finale tells a unique, out of the mainstream music story and is a must read for all Churchills fans and anyone with a curiosity regarding the era of psychedelic musical history.The Churchills were an Israeli rock band that was popular in Israel in the latter part of the 1960s and are even more so now, 50 years later. It is clear to all Israeli music lovers that during the relatively short period of time that Robb Huxley spent in Israel - 1968 to 1971 - he brought about a profound change in the sound of local pop music and laid the foundations to Israeli rock music. No other foreign musician has ever had such an impact on the music scene in Israel. The Churchills' sound reverberates in Israel to the present day. The Churchills were the most prominent, important and prolific rock band in Israel in the 1960s, one of the very few to create and record original music. Robb Huxley's introduction into the band was very important, as he was an experienced musician who had previously played with British band The Tornados and had studio experience, having worked with Joe Meek, who is recognized today as the greatest pioneer of all time in modern recording technology. Stan Solomon had spent some time working in a studio in Miami as assistant to the legendary Bob Crewe. Churchill's was the first rock album ever to be released in Israel. It was the joining of two different worlds of music, Huxley and Solomon's western sound with Mediterranean influences stemming from Gavrielov's Turkish heritage and Romano's Greek roots. The result was a revolutionary sounding blend of British style psychedelic music with a distinct Greek and Arabic flavour. The band also collaborated with the renowned classical musician Noam Sheriff on his composition "Debka," which is featured on the album. The sound of the Churchill's album still sounds remarkably fresh today, fifty years after it was recorded. It is considered one of the rarest and most valuable psychedelic era albums worldwide. Huxley spent four very productive years in Israel. The remarkable change he helped bring about to the Israeli sound may only have been fully appreciated by few at the time but on the several occasions that Huxley, who is now considered a legend in Israel, returned for reunion shows with The Churchills, he was welcomed by audiences fully aware of his great contribution to Israeli popular music.
- Paperback | 268 pages
- 152 x 229 x 14mm | 363g
- 21 Feb 2019
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform