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Shang-A-Lang by Les McKeown
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"Shang-A-Lang" is the personal story of the rise and fall of the Bay City Rollers. A no-holds-barred account of Rollermania and beyond, the book provides a candid insight into the less savoury aspects of the music industry. In 1973, at the age of 18, Les McKeown became the lead singer of the Bay City Rollers, at that stage a one-hit-wonder pop group on the verge of giving up. His charismatic personality transformed the Rollers into an international super-group and, over the next few years, they consistently reached Number 1 all over the world, selling an estimated 300 million records and gaining a massive following. McKeown was the catalyst for worldwide mass hysteria not witnessed since the days of Beatlemania. By 1975 he was the most adored man on the planet. Four years later he was all washed up, homeless and penniless after quitting the band. "Shang-A-Lang" reveals the fascinating story of the lad from the back streets of Edinburgh whose dream came true, and how that dream was shattered. It tells the truth about the scandalous behaviour of the boy band marketed as squeaky clean, the wrangles that led to Les leaving the band, and traces his subsequent solo career. Les McKeown's life has been one of contrasting extremes: immense wealth followed by near destitution; mass adoration on the one hand and contempt on the other. He lived in a world where fantasy and reality come together and it is sometimes hard to distinguish one from the other. "Shang-A-Lang" takes a revealing journey through the many ups and downs in the life of one of the music industry's bona fide survivors.

Author Biography

Les McKeown was the frontman in the Bay City Rollers between 1973 and 1978. He still performs today in his own right and is also a DJ. Before becoming a full-time author, Elaine Elliot was a marketing consultant, and has known and worked with Les McKeown for many years,
Release date NZ
October 9th, 2003
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Mainstream Publishing
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