INTERVIEW WITH JAMES TAPPY WRIGHT – AUTHOR OF “ROCK ROADIE,” A BACKSTAGE CONFIDENTIAL MEMOIR
EX-ROADIE MAINTAINS HIS STANCE “JIMI’S DEATH WAS NO ACCIDENT”
Geordie ‘Tappy’ was there at the beginning when Eric Burdon and the boys formed the Animals and when they recorded their anthem ‘House of the Rising Sun’. He was there at the end when they re-formed for a world tour in the early 80s. He was also there when unknown guitarist Jimi Hendrix played to a handful of punters in a smoky American club and next day recorded one of his biggest hits ‘Hey Joe’. He knows the real reason Hendrix and his manager Chas Chandler parted company at the height of his fame. Funny, revealing, even frightening in parts, the author blows open the world of rock and roll in the 60s, 70s and 80s, including an explosive revelation about the death of a rock legend that will shock the music industry. Tappy’s love of music and his ability to be in the right place at the right time have led to a fascinating life: from playing 2nd guitar with the Animals as they began to form, to working with rock legends from Tina Turner, Little Richard and The Who to Sammy Davies Jr. and Dusty Springfield. He now divides his time between Florida and his native Whitley Bay near Newcastle.