I’ve been asked why I’m writing a book on Derek and the Dominos quite a lot, so I thought I’d start this entry by telling you all why. I see the band as one of the greatest bands of all time, and I know you do too. But a lot of casual music fans have never really heard of Derek and the Dominos. Sure, they may have heard of Layla but they associate the song to just Eric. More serious music fans may know of the Layla album in it’s entirety (and rightly so) but what about other areas of their career? The live shows for example have barely been covered at all in any great detail. Yes there’s a Fillmore East album but apart from that, there’s hardly anything been written on them. They are without a doubt one of the least covered bands in the history of music. There’s really no other way to say it.
So why am I writing a book? The answer is simple, I love Derek and the Dominos. Their music touches me in places no other music does. My book will be the first book to cover EVERYTHING the band did, from meeting on the Blind Faith tour to the end of the second album sessions. For the first time you’ll have a detailed insight into every single show the band played, down to the songs, gear setup and much more. There’ll be ticket stubs from the shows and photos of the band playing live that have never been seen before. It’s important to me that people know Derek and the Dominos weren’t just the Layla album. They were much much more than that. They were an unstoppable force and an incredible live act. They are one of the best bands of all time.
As always I want to say a thank you to everyone I’ve spoken to so far and to the people that continue to send me messages of support while I continue to write and work on the book.