I started collecting the information for these projects from the mid
70's as a hobby and in 1978 I have enough to put out a small book: Rockmaster,
I cannot even find a copy of this book, I know I had one somewhere.
Only a few of these ever appeared. By 1979 I had learned from the mistakes
in the first book and worked quite hard making sure that the information
was much better.
The first two books were produced in house, each entry was typed in on
an electric typewriter and kept on sheets of paper. The first Rock Record
in 1979 was made up of hundreds of small sheets and made in to pages staples
together, these were taken to a local printer who made printing plates.
I bought a small print press and started printing the books in my spare
time. It was a very time consuming job as the 300+ pages had to be printed
one set at a time then sorted into the book. Tim came in to help and took
over the index of the musicians, which was also kept on small slips of
paper. The house was full of boxes of paper with various pages store in
them. Me and the print machine did not get on, It would decide to jam
on a whim. Some of the first rock record had a magenta index as I was
given this ink to try. It was OK apart from the fact that I had bright
pink hands for a few days after using it as nothing seemed to remove it.
I was working full time and all this was done during evenings and weekends.
The cover was printed at a local printer in Poole, I "Designed it
in the car park with letterset during my lunch break. I took the finished
books at weekend to record and books shops in various places around the
country. The interest far exceeded my expectations.