Grego talks with Stephen Tow, author of "London Reign Over Me: How England's Capital Built Classic Rock"

Wednesday, February 26th

Grego talks to author Stephen Tow about his new book London Reign Over Me: How England's Capital Built Classic Rock.

Stephen's second book puts the classic rock era in perspective by centering on London's role in creating it. Instead of focusing on the typical rock star narrative of egos, drugs, dirty managers, and general bad behavior, London, Reign Over Me talks exclusively about the musical culture of that wonderful era.

​LROM mostly concentrates on the period from 1963 to 1970--seven years. Stephen began this project with his first interview (Jim McCarty from the Yardbirds) in February 2013 and the book came out in February 2020. So basically it took him seven years to write about seven years. That should give you an idea of how rich this period of musical exploration was.

The book draws from over 90 original interviews including Peter Frampton, John Mayall, Paul Rodgers, Peter Noone, and members of such bands as The Kinks, The Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Yes, Jethro Tull, The Small Faces, The Yardbirds, King Crimson, and many others. He also pulled from the London weekly newspapers of the era including Melody Maker, New Musical Express, and Record Mirror.