Artist: John Van der Kiste
Having moved from jazz, Blues and R’n’B to out-and-out pop in his various 1960s bands, keyboard player Manfred Mann went back to the drawing board in 1971 with a new quartet, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, and the intention of focusing on progressive rock.
This band played a repertoire that comprised radical rearrangements of songs by Bob Dylan and then Bruce Springsteen, instrumental epics with Classical influences, and improvisations based around the interplay between Manfred’s newly-acquired Moog synthesiser and the lead guitar of Mick Rogers.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band in the 1970s examines the nine albums, fluctuating fortunes and various line-up changes from the unfairly overlooked band's greatest and most prolific decade.
John Van der Kiste has published over seventy books, mostly historical biography and music, including titles on The Beatles, Jeff Lynne/ELO, Led Zeppelin, Lindisfarne and Steve Winwood. He has also reviewed books and records for the local and national press and fanzines, and co-founded and edited the 70s fanzine Keep on Rockin’. He has performed with groups, run mobile discos, and written booklet notes for CD reissues from EMI and other labels. An occasional musician and songwriter, he also co-wrote one track on Riff Regan's Milestones (2015) and played harmonica on London's The Hell for Leather Mob (2020). He lives in Devon, UK.