Five decades of life on the road, in the studio, and in the courtroom with progressive-rock pioneers Wishbone Ash.
‘It’s a great pleasure to be able to say that the man behind the Flying V can write a bit, too.’—Ian Rankin
In 1969, Andy Powell was one of four founding members of progressive rock pioneers Wishbone Ash. Forty-six years later, with no sabbaticals, he is still a member of Wishbone Ash. And he’s seen a lot of interesting things along the way.
Watching the birth of rock’n’roll in the 50s; stepping into the swinging 60s mod scene as a teenager; touring the States with The Who; selling hundreds of thousands of copies of Argus; being managed by industry legend Miles Copeland; outliving punk and moving to America; battling former bandmates over the right to use the name Wishbone Ash, and fighting to keep that name alive through changing tastes and styles—Andy Powell has been there, done it, and seen it all. And he’s still doing it today.
Honest, unpretentious, and often wryly amusing, Eyes Wide Open is not just the story of one man’s adventures in music but also a journey through some of the most thrilling years of rock history.
Andy Powell is a songwriter and guitarist best known as the founding and sole remaining original member of Wishbone Ash. Born in Stepney, London, in 1950, he now lives in the USA with Pauline, his wife of forty-plus years.
Colin Harper is the author of Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch And The British Folk And Blues Revival and Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, The 60s, And The Emerald Beyond.