Dave Watkinson’s new book – Jon Anderson and The Warriors – the road to Yes – 407

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

This week we speak to YMP stalwart and accomplished author David Watkinson about his new book which is finally available to pre-order on Burning Shed’s website. Jon Anderson and The Warriors – the road to Yes is a remarkable achievement and sheds light on a period of music which was critical to the establishment of Yes and to the creation of the force of music Jon Anderson. Mark and I were delighted to be given the chance to read the book first in the world so do stay tuned for our reactions to it and plenty of detail from Dave himself.

  • What picture of that early period is painted by Dave?
  • Is this book just a bunch of text?
  • What’s here for the true Warriors/Jon Anderson/Yes geek?

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Jon Anderson and The Warriors
The road to Yes
David Watkinson

A new biography of Jon Anderson, which covers his early life and his
time in The Warriors, up to the formation of Yes and the release of the
band’s first album in 1969

To be published on December 13th via Summer’s End Festival
Promoter Stephen Lambe’s Sonicbond Publishing Company and will be
made available exclusively via Burning Shed.

Author David Watkinson takes us on a journey from the Lancashire
beat music scene in the early 1960s to the vibrancy of London later in
the decade. In the short time that The Warriors existed ‐ from 1963 to
1967 ‐ they released a single, appeared on TV and in a movie and spent
a year following in the Beatles’ footsteps as a working group in
Germany.

As well as providing a complete history of The Warriors, this book
also follows Jon’s subsequent career in London, via appearances with
Gun and his brief solo career as Hans Christian. He finally met Chris
Squire and found a home in Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, as that group
gradually morphed into Yes during the summer of 1968. The book
includes new interviews with Jon and many members of The Warriors,
who were in the band through its various line‐up changes, most for the
very first time. It also features a newly‐researched family tree, never
before seen photographs, both of the Warriors and the first line up of
Yes, plus many items of memorabilia and an exclusive look into the
band’s diaries. It closes with a comprehensive discography and a
collectables section.

Initially, the book will only be available only in a limited hardback
edition of 250, priced £25. All copies will be numbered and signed by
the author, David Watkinson, and will be made exclusively available via
Burning Shed. The book is 224 pages and features over 200
photographs, most unseen for over 50 years. A paperback edition will
be published in Europe on March 27th 2020, and June 26th in the USA.
This later edition will be available via all normal bookselling channels.

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  • Wayne Hall

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Theme music

The music I use is the last movement of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. This has been used as introduction music at many Yes concerts. My theme music is not take from a live concert – I put it together from the following two creative commons sources: thanvannispen and archive.org

YES Legacy – 50th Anniversary Plaque unveiling – 347

Dr. Bill Bruford
Dr. Bill Bruford

Produced by Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

I report back from the amazing YES 50 Plaque unveiling ceremony in London where I met Bill Bruford, members of Chris Squire’s family, Chris Welch and many other Yes fans.

Mark and I chat about the significance of he event and there’s a 2 pence about the Patrick Moraz Relayer rumours and how Yes could perform and record as a collective in the future.

  • How did the plaque unveiling go?
  • Who turned up?
  • Should we expand the idea of what Yes is?

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Yes 50 Fan Convention – 328

Dave Watkinson, Roger Dean and Jerry Ewing
Dave Watkinson, Roger Dean and Jerry Ewing

Produced by Robert Nasir, Jeffrey Crecelius, Wayne Hall, Preston Frazier and Bill Govier

This week I feed back from the amazing YES50 Fan Convention organised by Brian Neeson and Dave Watkinson. It was a fantastic day and I’ve tried to capture some of it to give you an idea of how it all went if you were unable to go.

  • Who turned up?
  • Who played?
  • What was the atmosphere like?

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Patrick Moraz, Bill Bruford, Dave Watkinson and ARW Live! 250

arwMark reviews a little-known record by Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz, Dave Watkinson joins Kevin to talk about his new Warriors book and there is plenty of  discussion of the set list and first videos from ARW live! There’s a 2 pence about holograms (!) and Kevin continues his exploration of the Bill Bruford autobiography. As this is episode number 250, there is also information about the new Patreon page and the winners of the 5th Anniversary quiz are announced. Wow!

  • Moraz and Bruford – what’s that like?
  • What has Kevin Brodie been thinking about Bill Bruford?
  • Which of us has European forebears?

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A Bootleg Review and Yessongs live? 244

Alan White in Cinema
Alan White in Cinema from Dave Watkinson

Mark reviews a bootleg recording and we discuss what Yes can mean by playing Yessongs live in Japan. Also, I continue reading the Bill Bruford Autobiography and I look forward to the 5th Anniversary celebrations next week.

  • Yessongs live?
  • What can they mean?
  • Are bootlegs worth it?

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