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Lee Brilleaux: Rock'n'Roll Gentleman

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Lee Brilleaux, the uniquely charismatic star of proto-punk R&B reprobates Dr Feelgood, was one of rock'n'roll's greatest frontmen. But he was also one of its greatest gentlemen - a class act with heart, fire, wanderlust and a wild streak. Exploding out of Canvey Island in the early 1970s - an age of glam rock, post-hippy folk and pop androgyny - the Feelgoods, with Lee ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Polygon
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Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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You know when life gets busy and good books get dragged out? It's a bit of a bummer, but alas, you get through them eventually...

I love Howe's books, I really do. I feel like they kind of immerse you in the appropriate era, set the scene, whether it's gentlemanly dress or outright anarchy (I'm looking at her Jesus and Mary Chain book, here). And I like that. When it comes to music, so few can do that this well; there's often a leaning of being the fan against presenting an honest and full pictu
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Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fine biography of one of the UK's greatest vocalists, Zoë Howe paints an evocative portrait of Lee Brilleaux.

It's particularly helpful for the post-Wilko period as the growing Feelgoods legend is so dominated by that iconic line-up.

And that Wilko and Lee weren't able to meet before his death is one of the great rock'n'roll tragedies.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
It is a good, thorough biography, but somehow it didn't draw me in. Perhaps because the music itself seemed to be play a supporting part.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A well researched book. Enjoyable from start to finish,giving an insight to one of Britain's greatest rhythm & blues exponents.
David farren
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
as a massive Feelgood fan from 73 onwards this is the book I have been waiting for , It bookends Looking back at me ,Zoe,s Wilko bio so well and is a more rounded story perhaps in a way because Lee died over 20 years ago so Zoe,s research and interviews had to glean the facts from friends and archive material rather than interviewing the subject. That Lee passed the same time as another perhaps more famous rock icon in Kurt Cobain has always meant that from his time of passing his life and story ...more
Kay Smillie
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I discovered Dr Feelgood in retrospect, with my initial contact the single She's a Wind-up. That same year I stumbled across Wilko Johnson on the Hope and Anchor album, made the Dr Feelgood connection and went looking for the early Feelgood albums.

Lee Brilleaux, as even Wilko has said, was Dr Feelgood. A man with amazing stage presence and this fine biography tells you all about the main man.

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