by Randy Westbrook
forewords by Paul Martin and Mack Davenport
Exile is a band with a diverse history. The group formed in 1963looking to play small clubs in Richmond, Kentucky, but managed to top both thepop and the country charts during a ten-year span in the late 1970s and 1980s.“Kiss You All Over” was a major hit in 1978, spending four weeks at the top ofBillboard’s pop chart. After several less successful follow-up singles, theband decided to make a move to country music. This resulted in 10 number onecountry hits. All of this success led to an induction into the Kentucky MusicHall of Fame in 2013.
The years leading up to the release of “Kiss You All Over”represent an important and often misunderstood period in the band’s history.During this time they played on three of Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars tours,released a series of singles and two full-length albums, worked with Tommy
James, and played all over the Central Kentucky area and beyond.This book pays close attention to that era. In addition, a talented group ofKentucky musicians helped to rejuvenate the band in the 1990s, and this book tellstheir stories as well.
This is a “must read” for aspiring young musicians and anyonewho has been touched by the music of Exile. It shows how talent must becombined with patience, bull-dogish-stick-to-it-tive-ness, a willingness to putin the hard work that is needed to work in the music industry, and, in manycases, luck. Several people have been a part of Exile, and each membercontributed in different ways. They each have a separate story, but this is thestory of a band. Exile is an entity that held together. This book gives athorough history, but it is an unfinished story because the band plays on.
Randy Westbrook has not only written the story of a band, hehas produced a sharp and absorbing close-up of the music business, its demandsand hazards and its hard-won successes. It’s a great read and, more than that,the extensive use of interviews makes it a fine piece of living scholarship.
—ThomasParrish, author of RestoringShakertown: The Struggle to Save the Historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill;The Grouchy Grammarian: A How-Not-To Guide to the 47 Most Common Mistakes inEnglish Made by Journalists, Broadcasters, and Others Who Should Know Better;To Keep the British Isles Afloat: FDR’s Men in Churchill’s London; and manyother books and publications
6" x 9" hardcover, 272 pages, illustrated