Still Going Strong - Paul Holland

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The legendary Rob Strong, may be 74 years old this year but as the title of his Biography suggests, Rob is STILL GOING STRONG! The Derry Native is currently celebrating an amazing 55 years on the road . The biography features Rob’s fascinating account of his life story from humble beginnings in Springtown Camp in Derry, his moves to Omagh, Dublin , The USA and Kildare . Rob and his contemporaries share their unique experiences in the Showband Era when he performed with three top showbands, The Polka Dots, The Plattermen and Las Vegas, in addition to a whole host of musicians who played alongside the man they call “The Godfather of Soul in Ireland”. Author Paul Holland is also Rob’s manager and includes the changing face of Music over six decades, the growth of The Rock Scene in Ireland, with cameos from Philo, Rory and so many more.  Rare professional photos feature throughout the book with Front Covers of  Spotlight magazine highlighting Rob Strong’s legendary career.

Included are exclusive interviews with many of the biggest names in the Irish Music Business- Barry Devlin (Horslips) who also wrote the foreword, Country Stars Brian Coll and Frankie McBride, Phil Coulter , Johnny Logan, Colm Wilkinson,  Don Baker,  Brush Shiels, Mary Coughlan, Kelley, RTE’s Pat Shortt, Liam Ó Maonlaoí and Fr. Brian D’Arcy. The iconic Plattermen’s Pat Chesters, Ray Moore, Leo Doran, Alan McCartney and John Trotter recall  many memories of their tours around Ireland and trips to England and USA when managed by  Jim Aiken. Rob’s son, Andrew Strong (who starred as Deco Cuffe) gives a rare interview into the making of the smash hit movie The Commitments in 1991 and performing alongside Prince, The Rolling Stones, Elton John and Bryan Adams.

Includes 15 track Rob Strong CD 'Soul Affair'

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