From Cwmaman to the Stereophonics and Beyond
Distributed for University of Wales Press
The Stereophonics are surely one of the Welsh nation’s most best-known contributions to the contemporary music scene, and at the heart of their story is the rise and fall and re-emergence of Stuart Cable, the band’s original drummer, who was kicked out of the band in 2003, after their first run of success. This book presents an insider’s account of Cable’s life in music, detailing his rise from an obscure Welsh mining village to drumming for sold-out shows at stadiums worldwide. Jeff Collins engages Cable in rich replays of the past and narrates the debut of Cable’s new band, Killing for Company, from backstage, then turns to music legend Roger Daltrey for thoughts on the difficulties of making it in the world of rock and the possibilities of Cable’s succeeding one last time.
2 Cwmaman—the Beginning
3 I Name this Band Stereophonics!
4 The Road to a Record Deal
5 Word Gets Around
6 Performance and Cocktails
7 Just Enough Education to Perform
8 ‘Have a Nice Day’
9 You Gotta Go There to Come Back
10 Killing for Company
11 Who Are You?
12 Testing, Testing! Can You Hear Me?
13 Let’s Rock! It’s Killing for Company
14 Onwards and UpwardsIndex
“A great rock ’n’ roll tale of living the dream . . . the rags to riches story of booze, success and an acrimonious split. The access-all-areas pieces backstage with Stuart and his new band read like a vivid fly-on-the-wall documentary.”
“Stuart’s larger-than-life character eminently portrayed by Jeff Collins in this high-octane, gripping and candid account. Everything is delivered to the reader in a dramatic rock ’n’ roll style.”