The Song of the Soul charts the musical life of Geordie singer-songwriter Martin Stephenson, covering his work with the Daintees and as a widely respected solo artist. Richard Cundill and Mark Bradley have created a compelling account of the career of one of England’s finest songwriters. Feted by his fans, but criminally overlooked in much of the mainstream music press, the book documents Martin’s struggle with the music industry fat cats and with the demon drink, and provides a comprehensive overview of his recorded work (including a full discography). Often cited as a national treasure and lauded for his legendary live performances, this is a fascinating read for any music fan.
Richard was born in Hull in 1961. After leaving school he set out on a career in banking. However, since being lent a Slade single in 1972 his overriding interest has always been popular music, and he has subsequently developed an encyclopaedic knowledge of most musical genres and a record and CD collection to match. The Song of The Soul is Richard’s first foray into the world of the music biography.