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|Chas and His Rock 'N' Roll Allotment
Jools Holland OBE
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Brief Description: Chas and His Rock ‘n’ Roll Allotment is a gardening book like no other. Written by Chas Hodges, better known as half of musical duo Chas and Dave, the book is full of funny stories and anecdotes interspersed with the author’s tips for ‘growing your own’.
The book is aimed at the novice gardener and aims to prove that hoeing and sowing can be an enjoyable way to while away an afternoon and that tending a garden should be fun, rather than a chore.
Chas’s pearls of wisdom are drawn from personal experience of getting his hands dirty, rather than text book gardening techniques, and his light hearted approach makes the book an easy read.
So if the idea of Sunday roast accompanied by your own home grown vegetables appeals to you, this book tells you how. And if all that digging proves to be just too much, you can always settle down with a pint of beer and enjoy the tongue-in-cheek humour of a born raconteur.
About the Author:
Singer/songwriter/producer Chas Hodges, born in London in 1943, is better known as the lead vocalist and piano- and guitar-playing half of the English musical duo, Chas & Dave.
With a musical mother, who played piano in pubs and clubs to support the family after the untimely death of his father when he was aged four, it wasn’t long before Chas was bitten by the bug. He learned to play the guitar and was soon in his first band, ‘Horseshoe Skiffle Group', aged 14. Then, after seeing Jerry Lee Lewis in concert in 1958, his musical aspirations expanded to piano playing.
Rock ‘n’ roll was now on the rise and, armed with his new Höfner bass guitar, Chas began playing in various rock ‘n’ roll bands, turning professional at the age of 16. As a session musician Chas worked with producer Joe Meek, backing Jerry Lee Lewis, and played with Mike Berry & The Outlaws (alongside Ritchie Blackmore), Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers and Albert Lee’s Heads, Hands & Feet, rubbing shoulders with many big names of the day.
In 1972 Chas got together with friend Dave Peacock with the aim of shaking off American influences and writing/singing songs that reflected their London roots. Thus the group Chas & Dave was born, along with its unique brand of humorous ‘rockney’ (rock/cockney), which combined rock ‘n’ roll, boogie-woogie and pub singalong to produce such memorable hits as ‘Gertcha’ (1979), ‘Rabbit’ (1980), ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’ (1982) and ‘Snooker Loopy’ (1986), among a wealth of others, as well as several singles dedicated to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.
In 2008 Chas & Dave’s autobiography, Chas & Dave – All About Us, was published, and Chas had a cameo role in the star-studded 2009 Joe Meek biopic, Telstar. Chas is still gigging, which strikes a harmonious balance with his love of growing his own vegetables, and he has recently released a new album, Chas Hodges.
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