Where The Beatles' Dear Prudence went out to play?
Who David Bowie's Major Tom really was, and how he became lost in space?
Why The Rolling Stones' Devil needed Sympathy… And more to the point, did he deserve it?
These and other musical questions are answered in Cover Stories, a literary collection that'll sit equally at home alongside your LPs as lined up with your books. These stories start with the original songs, then expand them into short stories, filling in details, explaining characters and revealing “what happened next” once the needle leaves the record.
Richard Easter’s qualified to write about pop music. He's had a Top 5 single, performed on Top of The Pops three times and played drums for The Bee Gees. He’s co-presented shows on BBC Radio 1 and 2, written for the NME, got lost in Broadcasting House with George Michael, watched the KLF burn a wicker man on the Isle of Jura, was first to play the Manic Street Preachers on national daytime radio, and managed to track down Joy Division's actual synthesiser, bought it, then broke it. Not a high point.
Cover Stories has been written in enhanced stereo, so please put on your literary headphones, set the pages to 33rpm and read. LOUD.