My previous works have included a fictional tale about Stags in Amsterdam, a cookery book and a children's rhyming picture book.
However, my most notable literary achievement was Mike Sanchez Big Town Playboy, an authorised biography for which Robert Plant supplied the foreword. Other contributions came from Bill Wyman, Jeff Beck, Albert Lee, Rick Vito and so many more.
Whereas the introductions to those notable musicians were made through Mike Sanchez himself, for Elvis Under The Covers it has been all my own work! Suzi Quatro has been fabulous in turning around the foreword, and there are others such as Eddi Reader and Wanda Jackson who have replied through their agents. Of course, there will always be those who decline, and several that it is just impossible to get to! But for every one that does not respond there is usually a welcome surprise from an artist that emails directly, such as the Irish star Mary Coughlan.
Then there is the aforementioned Mr Sanchez, an accomplished lyricist and writer. He was only too happy to provide his Rock And Roll Reflections, issuing several drafts as he sought perfection, the same standard that he applies to his stage shows.
Well here is the bio from the book. Enjoy.
About The Author
Michael Madden is a child of the 1960s and 1970s. Too young to remember the early days of Elvis Presley, but old enough to be an impressionable 15 year old when The King passed away. His influences gathered themselves in the glam rock era of Marc Bolan and Suzi Quatro, and blossomed into the halcyon punk days of The Stranglers, The Rezillos and countless bands that came and went with barely a murmur.
And yet rock and roll was always there. His parents passed on their records by Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, and it was an obscure Kings Of Rockabilly cassette tape featuring Sleepy LaBeef that led to one of Michael’s previously published books Mike Sanchez Big Town Playboy.
He has published a total of 5 titles, and he adapted Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven for a youth theatre production at the Buxton Festival Fringe. His home is in the village of Whaley Bridge in the Peak District where he lives with his wife and 2 youngest children, playing cricket, writing books and songs, and striving to pass on his musical legacy to all 3 of his children and his granddaughter with varying degrees of success.