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Remember the rythmn and blues of the sixties?

They say if you can remember the sixties you weren't there. Local author and Poppyland resident Laurence Staig was very much there, and can remember it (or most of it at least)...

Walker Books invited Laurence to share his heady, early years and write his teen autobiography for their series 'Teenage memoirs'. He's recently adapted a serialised version and reads from his book in a special series which will be aired exclusively on Poppyland Radio.

The son of a showman, Laurence Staig grew up among circus performers and fairground folk, first in Manchester and then in London. His father ran a Globe of Death show in Battersea Park Funfair where he helped out at weekends, assisting his father and celebrated illusionist Robert Harbin with their magical exhibits. Laurence's youthful exploits were influenced by the many books he read - the novels of Dennis Wheatley and H. G. Wells in particular - and sixties TV mystery serials such as "The Invisible Man".

His greatest love, though, was for rhythm and blues - the music of the Rolling Stones and Howlin' Wolf, singer of the soulful 'Smokestack Lightning'. A colourful, swinging new culture had been born and Laurence was determined to be a part of it. This exhilarating teenage memoir is his story.

Hear Laurence read his story in 'Smokestack Lightening' on Fridays at 2pm from 21 June. Download the FREE Poppyland Radio app or ask your smart speaker to "launch Poppyland Radio".


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