Bob Harris, who has been a broadcaster for over two decades, has penned his autobiography.
According to Still Whispering After All These Years, as a boy, he bought a couple of vinyl singles. The 12-year-old thought they looked so sleek and beautiful, he took the records to bed in order to continue looking at them. Unfortunately, the 45s were unplayable by morning: The heat of the bedside light left them distorted.
Bob’s love of music impacted his career choice. He went on to become a DJ and host of The Old Grey Whistle Test. So he wound up interviewing plenty of music-makers with Elton, Robert Plant, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Shania Twain among them. But Harris was only really nervous when he spoke with David Gower, whom he considered England cricket’s ”golden boy.”
One of the writer’s earliest jobs was helping to get the new Time Out–then a one-off summer events magazine–published. So Bob, who also edited the music sections, took the publication around to various stores. One of them was Musicland in Berwick Street. Bob brought a record and asked the clerk if he’d put out a dozen copies of Time Out. After perusing the magazine, the guy agreed . . . provided they review his new LP in the next edition. This was how Harris was introduced to Elton and his Empty Sky album.
The composer is featured several times throughout the book, and there’s a photo of him and Bob at the Electric Proms in 2010. While Harris got to attend a slew of memorable bashes including record company launches like Elton’s Rocket Records and Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label, he faced plenty of personal challenges too. So along with stories about working with mentors like John Peel and receiving a video tribute from Sir Elton, there are grimmer topics such as illness, divorce and bankruptcy.
Still Whispering After All These Years is a revised and updated edition of Bob’s 2001 book, originally titled The Whispering Years.