Behind the scenes of town’s rock ‘n’ roll past

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The history of rock ‘n’ roll in Arbroath has been lovingly charted in the autobiography of a well-known face on the town’s music scene.

Terry Wood will be familiar to many in the music industry, not just in the town but nationally, and his book ‘Almost Famous: A Book Of Musical Memories’ is an in-depth and entertaining look at Terry’s life through the lens of music.

He first hit the scene with Danny and the Demonstrators, one of the earliest Arbroath bands, and has been in many since, was a long-standing member of the Angus Minstrels, owned Abbey Music, and has put on professional gigs at the Webster Memorial Theatre, including The Drifters, and later the Whitehall Theatre.

It gave him a wealth of material to work with, but it was the coincidences which struck him the most. One of his fondest moments was being booked to play alongside Sandie Shaw and The Paramounts in Perth, in 1967.

Terry explained: “It was actually the week she won the Eurovision Song Contest. And after the concert we were sitting in the Salutation Hotel having a pint with her band The Paramounts and they said they were on their way down to London to record. They got down there and changed their name to Procul Harum and it turns out it was Gary Brooker I was speaking to!

“It was a small world when you got into the music scene at that time.”

‘Almost Famous’ is available from Abbey Music on Kirk Square priced £15 and Terry has promised that after costs have been met any profits from the book will be donated to a local good cause.