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Sounds of the sixties revived in new book

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

By Joe Bulmer

Pat Barrow with his book about the rock’n’ roll history of North Devon

Pat Barrow with his book about the rock’n’ roll history of North Devon

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A new book and plans for a rock reunion could take North Devon back to the Swinging Sixties.

The 1960s music scene in North Devon was dominated by local rock bands who built a cult following and ended up as local celebrities.

Local author Pat Barrow has put together a book on the era in an attempt to remind people of the music and the memories.

Pat said: “I was a bit worried that some people might be a bit ashamed of what they were up to in the Sixties but since starting this project I’ve been amazed by the people who have come forward.

“These were wonderful times to be a teenager.

“The Stones and Animals – to mention but a few – gave our musicians the rhythm and blues to get the local crowds going, and were soon playing their music on the stages of dance halls.”

The book, The Rock’n’ Rolling Sixties In North Devon, came about after Pat met some of the stars of the time.

One band from the era was Gil Jones and the Summits, whose founders Gil Jones, Bob Moore and Chris Verney were big in the Barnstaple area. Later members of the band included John Sweet and John Knill.

Mr Barrow remembers The Summit’s gigs. He said: “The Summits were typical of the young and good looking, smart-set of the time.”

This August, fans who remember the music of that time could be treated to a reunion.

The band are planning on giving any money raised to charity.

Guitarist Chris believes North Devon hasn’t forgotten the music of the sixties. He said: “As we all got older we began to realise we may never play together again, we’re hoping to gig together at least once more.”

Chris and the rest of the Summits would like anyone who would go to such a gig to get in touch.

Anyone interested in going to 60s event in August should contact Chris Verney on 01271 343377 or 07901 717928.

Currently the book is only available from Pat directly but he would like to hear from any local printers or publishers who can help.

Contact Pat Barrow on 07581 443399.

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