Thrilling music memoir exposes the extraordinary life of an East-End music mogul
Posted on 15/08/2019 in Quiller news
Quiller to Publish Newly-Discovered Memoir of Music Mogul who Signed Pink Floyd, Wham, T. Rex, The Jam and George Michael
When the music impresario Bryan Morrison died aged 66 in 2008, after two years in a coma following a polo accident, he left behind his unpublished memoir. As a music publisher, manager and agent, Morrison had represented the Pretty Things, Pink Floyd, T. Rex, The Jam, Wham! and many others. He was also the founder and owner of the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club.
In this candid and outspoken book, Morrison reveals the true stories behind why Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd once bit his finger to the bone, the Pretty Things were banned for life from New Zealand, and he became involved with the Kray Twins. He also tells how The Jam kissed goodbye to success in the USA, he received death threats when Robin Gibb left the Bee Gees, and signing a publishing deal with George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley as Wham! Spanning the golden age of British rock ’n’ roll from the 60s to the 80s, this is the extraordinary story of a cigar-chomping, East End entrepreneur, with a passion for art and design, fashion, music and polo. Have a Cigar! will be published by Quiller in September 2019.
Andrew Johnston, Managing Director of Quiller, says: ‘I am delighted to have secured this fascinating and revealing autobiography by Bryan Morrison which captures the atmosphere and excitement of the early days of the UK music industry, covering his discovery of Pink Floyd in Soho to the signing of many classic bands, via mixing with the Krays and the high life in London at that time. With Pink Floyd having over 25 million Facebook followers alone, this book will have very wide appeal across all age ranges and is a fascinating and unseen addition to British rock music history.’
Bryan Morrison studied art and design at St Martin’s and the Central School of Art in the early 1960s before leaving to manage R&B group the Pretty Things. Within five years, the Bryan Morrison Agency grew to be one of the leading pop music agents in London, booking clubs, concerts and tours. Morrison also became the manager of Pink Floyd and through his publishing company he would represent Marc Bolan of T. Rex, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, Paul Weller of The Jam, George Michael and many others. Morrison took up polo and joined the Guards Polo Club, where he first met, and later worked with, the Duchess of York’s father, Major Ronald Ferguson. In 1985 he opened the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club and is credited with making polo into a fashionable sport. In 2006 Bryan Morrison suffered a serious polo accident which left him in a coma. He died in 2008.