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17th January 2017

bill price

Eminent engineer/producer Bill Price, who worked with The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Guns N' Roses, The Libertines, Babyshambles, Tom Jones, Sparks, Paul McCartney, The Jesus And Mary Chain, The Waterboys, Blondie, Elton John, Rod Stewart, INXS, Roxy Music, The Pretenders, Pete Townshend and many more, sadly passed away on December 22nd 2016 at the age of 72.

The funeral will take place at 1.45pm on January 26th in Bath. Family have requested that in lieu of sending flowers, any donations should be made to The Dorothy House Hospice -

Bill Price began his music career in 1962 as staff engineer at Decca Studios in West Hampstead, where he engineered sessions for John Mayall, Eric Clapton and The Moody Blues and recorded a string of worldwide hits for artists such as Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. One of the final recordings he helped engineer at Decca was the multi-million selling 'Reflections Of My Life' by The Marmalade in 1969.

Bill was then tapped by George Martin and his partners for the position of chief engineer at the new AIR Studios facility in London's West End in 1970, where he recorded 'The Live And Let Die' album soundtrack with Paul McCartney And Wings, and mixed Nilsson's 'Without You' and Roxy Music's 'For Your Pleasure'.

Price went on to revive Wessex Studios as chief engineer/manager in the mid-70s and recorded numerous hugely influential albums such as the Sex Pistols' 'Here's The Sex Pistols' and 'Never Mind The Bollocks' which he co-produced, The Clash's 'The Clash', 'London Calling' and 'Sandanista' which he also co-produced), plus The Pretenders' 'Pretenders' and 'Pretenders II'.

In the later 80s, Price worked with Rod Stewart, INXS, Pete Townshend, Elton John, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Big Audio Dynamite. In the early 90s Bill mixed Guns N' Roses' 'Use Your Illusion I', 'Use Your Illusion II' and 'The Spaghetti Incident' albums, while the later 90s saw him producing The Waterboys and mixing The Stone Roses.

In 2004 Bill worked with The Libertines and then Babyshambles the following year. More recently, Bill was officially commissioned to produce an instrumental version of the recording 'London Calling' for use by the 2012 Olympic Games in London and in 2013 he remastered and remixed all of The Clash's studio albums ('The Complete Studio Albums') for Sony Music.

Bill is survived by wife Denis and son Billy.

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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