by Judith Wills
“A fascinating and intriguing journey through the 1970’s pop scene”“I honestly couldn’t put it down”
“Beautifully captures those hip/happening times”
“An elegy to childhood dreams and lost innocence”
Were you ever a teenager trying to get to grips with the world around you?
Have you heard of The Beatles, The Stones, The Doors, Queen, The Jackson Five, Slade?
Were you around in the magical early pop days of the late 60’s and 70’s?
Or did you ever wonder what it was REALLY like to be a part of that ‘fabulous’ era?
If you can answer ‘yes’ to one or more of those questions – you will love this funny, fascinating and at times sad and touching true story. To read it is to find out much more than why Keith Moon stole the author’s lipstick. And it doesn’t even matter if you aren’t too sure who Mr Moon actually was.
This is the tale of a star-struck, naïve misfit in the wrong clothes. A shy ‘country bumpkin’ who arrived in London at the tail-end of the Swinging Sixties and was soon living her own dream – as a writer on the UK’s leading (well, only) – pop magazine of the era.
The author, Judith Wills, tells how, by some strange fluke, she landed the job of her wildest imaginings and began eight roller-coaster, eventful years of pop fan heaven – but it didn’t always turn out as she had imagined. Sometimes it was hell.
Says Judith: “I was there, soon after the start of the cult of celebrity in all its forms. I was there at the start of mass hysteria for boy bands – the Monkees, Osmonds, Jackson Five, Bay City Rollers. Think of the biggest names the world of post-war music has ever produced – The Beatles, The Doors, The Stones, The Who, Queen – and I was there. From Jimi Hendrix and Joan Baez through to Slade and Marc Bolan, from the last breaths of festival hippiedom through to glamrock and bubblegum, I was there.”
Which major rock star of the era – whose photos had adorned her bedroom walls from the age of 12 – did Wills befriend while she dated his brother?
Which megastar – still world famous today – danced around her office and was so uninspiring she concluded he would NEVER be a success?
Which massive American icon shared a joint with her at the Isle of Wight Festival?
What top TV and film actor slipped through the net and went on to marry someone else?
Why did Wills appear on stage at the Albert Hall with a Welsh singing legend?
Which American singing TV star picked her up for lunch in his Roller and then fell asleep?
Oh – and just why DID Keith Moon steal her lipstick?
Wills answers all these posers in her sometimes hilarious book. But she has also written a detailed first-hand memoir of life, sex, fashion and culture in 60’s and 70’s London with a style that is a real page turner.
Keith Moon Stole My Lipstick also gives an important and unique insight into how pop music – then and now – can offer a safe antidote to depression and loneliness. Flashbacks to the author’s own unhappy days of childhood and teens – during which pop, more than once she says, saved her life – appear throughout the book and help to explain why pop culture was, is, and always will be, so important to the young.
Pre-publication reviews for Keith Moon Stole My Lipstick
“Enjoyed every minute of your book – didn’t we all have charmed lives? It was a delightful read from the perspective of an innocent in the 60s/70’s lion’s den.
Every time you met someone I expected them to jump on you! I think that is one of the many strengths in your story.’ — Tony Prince ex – Radio Luxembourg DJ now boss DMC
”I honestly couldn’t put it down – and I’m the right age to appreciate most of the references. Very best of luck with it – I bet the pix will be fab!” — Chris McLoughlin, freelance health editor.
“I found it fascinating to read – I went through lots of emotions. Laughter at times, sadness, shock. I couldn’t move until I had finished it.” — Nesta Parsons, 56, retired factory manager, housewife and mother from Abingdon.
“An enjoyable, nostalgic and evocative read, whether or not you are of an age (like me) to remember the legend of the title himself. I found the author’s own story just as fascinating as the anecdotal tales of the celebrities she encounters through her job. I particularly like the easy, accessible style of writing. Sequel please!” — Coral Jane, 62, artist from Beckenham.
“This was both light and fluffy and a rattling good tale, with an underlying deeper, sadder story of a driving determination to succeed against the odds.
I found it a page turner and I think young people will love it too.” — Ann McDonnell, 63, retired behavioural therapist, from Wimbledon.
“I really enjoyed it! It was good to have the culture of that era brought to life, especially as the author is an ‘ordinary’ person (most anecodotal tales of the Sixties are by celebs, which makes it harder to identify with).” — Sarah Giles, 40, freelance editor from Tonbridge, Kent.
“What a fantastic book this is – I really couldn’t put it down!! It has a lovely style to it that makes it an easy read.
I found myself trying to pre-empt the wonderfully evocative descriptions ( who would the boy with funny teeth dancing round the office turn out to be?!). I saw the 70s as a schoolboy but feel I lived them again through the book from a totally different perspective. I don’t think it is just a woman’s book, I think men may just read it slightly differently.” — Simon Nicholls, 42, insurance salesman from Herefordshire
“It is compulsive reading – I empathise with the author as the main character and care/am interested about what happens to her. It is well written and I love the humour. It beautifully captures what it must have been like to be a young person in the hip/happening times of the late 60s & 70s (I am fascinated with that era, as I think most people are of any generation).
In conclusion I love it. My husband Paul is dying to read it now, which is quite a compliment as he never reads!” — Sarah McPherson, 32, chartered psychologist from SE London.
“It’s very readable and once you start you want to keep on. It’s nice and light but with some poignant moments in too. Just all the famous people she knew is enough to get you hooked. It’s very funny too.” —Julia Smith, 45, freelance publicist, from Blackheath, London
“Loved it, a bit of a page turner. Nice pace and very touching. For me it is a love story/requiem to the innocence of the early music/fashion world. I think it is really well written and even though it is about the author and a set of rather unique circumstances, I think it is actually archetypal, an elegy to childhood dreams and lost innocence. It would make a good film.” — Dr Robert Hill, 43, clinical psychologist from Streatham, London.
“A fascinating and intriguing journey through the 1970`s pop scene.
The story of a young impressionable teenage girl let loose in the London `jungle` of the time, is as relevant today as it was then. There are still the same dangers to avoid, the same problems to solve and the same temptations – but, still the same opportunities to be discovered and, above all, the same fun and excitement `just around the corner`.
It’s a `must read` – not just for the `grey groovies` who lived through and experienced those years – but also for the pop generation of today who are re-discovering the unique music and talent from that period.” — Neil Broome, 60, film extra, from Leeds
“I’ve really enjoyed it. I think its well written and easy to follow. For girls my age, I think the fashion and modelling scene of the 60’s and 70’s seems very glamourous and funky.” — Lizzie Parsons, 28, primary school teacher from Oxford
“Oh God, it is so funny, absolutely brilliant – love the way she has written it too – very Bridget Jones diary!” — Lyndy Cooke, Hay-on-Wye
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