So Here It Is, The Autobiography
By Dave Hill
How the boy from Wolverhampton rocked the world with Slade
About the book
Hi, it's Dave here, from Slade.
Over the years, when people hear stories about my life, they always say: 'Write it down, Dave!'
So, I've written my autobiography for you, my fans, and for my family, especially my grandkids. I turned seventy this year and for fifty of those years Slade have been a major part of my life. It seems the right time to finally to share my story with you. I've got plenty of funny tales but also some others which show that my life hasn't been all rock 'n' roll.
Most of all, I wanted to tell it as it is, and tell it my way, that's why I'm publishing my book with Unbound.
I was born in castle and then grew up in a council house in Wolverhampton. I had a smashing mum and dad, but things were tough growing up in post war Britain and my life really changed when I heard rock 'n' roll music. I said goodbye to an office job at Tarmac and never looked back. I played in various groups before fame came knocking at my door.
Slade's success didn't happen overnight but boy, were we big when we took off! We had 23 top twenty hits and six number one singles. Three of these went straight to the number one spot - a first, not even matched by The Beatles. Topping it all was 'Merry Xmas Everybody', which sold over one million copies. We also had six smash LPs, and one time had the number one and two spots on the LP chart. All this made Slade the biggest band in the UK in the 70s, and we were massive all over the world, too.
Slade had some great years but fashions change and the break-up of the original band was heartbreaking. I thought that would be it for me.
I battled through depression and got over a stroke, and decided to carry on doing the thing which I do best: I went back on the road with Slade. I've seen more of the world, and more fans, in the last twenty-five years than I did when the band were at their most famous.
Writing my book has been bit like researching an episode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' I discovered that my mum and dad had pretended to be married, and even had a false wedding. Also, the burden of having an illegitimate daughter, my half sister, was a shame that nearly drove my mum to suicide. There's quite a few other surprises in my book too. Like the time Carol, my sister, was kidnapped and Jan, my wife, was held hostage in a bank robbery...
I'll always be the boy from Wolverhampton, where I still live, with my wife of over forty years, surrounded by my kids and grandkids. I'm also still Dave Hill, Superyob, rocking the world with Slade!
Many musicians have cited Slade as an influence, including grunge bands Nirvana and the Smashing Pumpkins, punk and indie pioneers the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, the Undertones and the Clash, heavy metal acts such as Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and Quiet Riot and rock groups including Cheap Trick and Oasis.
Is the book goin on Amazon?
Hi Keith, Thanks for getting in touch. If we reach the crowdfunding target then we will publish the book and it'll be available from all of the usual book retailers, including Amazon. If it doesn't reach its target however, then it won't be published anywhere so please do spread the word to anyone who you think will enjoy Dave's story! Best wishes, Caitlin - Community Manager
WILL SLADE EVER COME BACK TO NYC??
Hi Keith, sorry for the delay in getting back to you, and thanks for your question. I'm sorry, but there's currently no plans for Slade to tour the States in the near future, but we had a great time there in the 70s and 80s. It's a wonderful country and we absolutely loved New York City, wow, what a place. Slade actually lived there for short while and I really enjoyed the great vibe of the city. I loved playing the city so much, and would love to come back, sometime in the future. We met some lovely people and did some great gigs in the Sates. We even toured with the Grateful Dead (that was an eye opener) and ZZ Top, but there's lots more about that in my book. All of our tour dates are on the Slade website: www.slade.uk.com, so keep an eye on there for tour news. You never know! Don't forget, to PLAY IT LOUD! Dave
Is their a time period for pledges to be made for the book?
Hi Chris, There isn't a deadline for pledges to be made, but the sooner it reaches 100% the sooner we can publish the book! Best wishes, The Unbounders
Hi, maybe a stupid question, but what is 'Daves she'd ' ?
Hi Steve, Dave's shed is where we'll be posting lots of information about the book as well as extra 'sneak peek' material such as videos and photographs. Look out for emails about new posts! Best wishes, The Unbounders
How long is this Projects funding length? When does it end?
Hi Robert, There isn't a deadline for the project, but the sooner it reaches 100% the sooner we can publish the book! Best wishes, The Unbounders
Don't forget to mention your book at the concert on the 16th of December at Mount Pleasant
Hi Robert, Thanks for the reminder and I hope that you're at the gig. We love playing at the Robin 2, it's our second home! It's also right next door to where I first meet Don, over fifty years ago. It's great seeing so many familiar and local faces there and it will be fitting when we play TAKE ME BACK HOME. I think we may be playing a certain Christmas song there too... Keep on rocking, Dave
What is the deadline for this book?
Hi Zdeněk, There isn't a deadline. As soon as it reaches 100%, the editorial team at Unbound can start working on Dave's book! Best wishes, The Unbounders
i have pledged for the £200 deluxe plus edition.i have been given a £5 voucher for answering unbounds questions code 4thanx.can this be deducted from my order?
Hi Paul, Thanks for getting in touch, and for supporting Dave as well as answering our survey. We're afraid that we can't apply promo codes retrospectively, but you are very welcome to use this to support another project. Just enter the code at the checkout. Best wishes, Unbound Support
This is exciting news about the book and diffently something I am more than happy to pledge to. I was wondering will there be oportunties to have my book signed as I have missed out on the collectable hardback? I am looking forward to tomorrows gig in Brighton. Should be a good turnout I've been told. Merry Christmas to you & yours Henry
Hi Henry, There is now a £50 level that includes a t-shirt and a collectable (signed) hardback. I hope that helps! Best wishes, Georgia, Unbound
will the superyob tshirt be available in Xl?
Hi Henry, Yes, we will make sure the t-shirt is available in a range of sizes. Thanks, The Unbounders
Hi Dave I see my pledge for the Collectable is sold out does this mean it will be despatched shortly, as the money has already been deducted. If not what happens if the target is not reach with regards refunds. Regards Paul F. Hoult
Hi Paul, Thanks for getting in touch and of course for supporting Dave's story! We're delighted to have you on board. We need the project to reach 100% before we can start work making this into a book and fulfilling the pledge levels, so it might be a while yet I'm afraid. Please do spread the word about the project to help us reach our goal as fast as possible. You can read what happens if a project is unsuccessful here http://bit.ly/2izbjhw and more about how Unbound works over in our help centre: docs.unbound.co.uk. Best wishes, Caitlin - Community Manager
Hi, is there any guess when the book is ready? Cheers, Zdenek
Hi Zdenek, We're still awaiting the finished manuscript from Dave. As soon as we have this an update will be sent to all supporters. We're hoping to publish at the end of this year (2017) but we can't say for certain until we have the finished manuscript. Best wishes, Unbound Support
Awaiting my copy of the book but in the meantime how can I download the PDF version?
Hi Barry, You can see how to download the ebook in whichever format you'd like here: http://help.unbound.com/unbound-for-readers/managing-your-subscriptions/how-do-i-download-the-ebook. Happy reading! Unbound Support
I host a late night phone in show on talkRADIO based in Waterloo. What are the chances of getting Dave on the show to chat about his book? We can do it on the phone but ideally I'd love to have him in live? I see he's in Wood Green tonight at my friends book shop. Any chance I could pay for an uber after and get him to the show?
Hi Iain - thanks for reaching out. Dave would love to talk to you. Can you email me on email@example.com asap and we'll see what we can sort out.