The Ricky-Tick clubs were like a mecca for Mods, in the early 1960's, and people travelled from far and wide to see their favourite bands. We have a book due out in July 2019 telling the story. Colin Mansfield has finally finished helping his brother John to write a hilarious account of setting up and running the Ricky-Tick Clubs. He writes - 'after returning from National Service in Germany, John Mansfield and Philip Hayward spent three years running a Trad Jazz club in Windsor. As the social hub for the young, once a week it neatly combined all their interests under one roof- au pairs, booze and Jazz. However, they were caught up in a constant struggle to make ends meet and had to live on their wits and their wit to support their partying lifestyle. All that changed when John decided to open the first R&B club outside of London.'
'On December 14th, 1962 The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig with Bill Wyman at this club. The floodgates opened. Philip hopped on board, and within eighteen months the Stones had played over forty times for them….and that was just the beginning. Over the next four years, as one of the UK’s top R&B promoters, virtually every worthwhile British R&B group, including The Animals, The Who, Cream and The Yardbirds, as well as many visiting US stars like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson, played for them in over twenty-seven different towns across southern England.'
AS YOU WERE, is a limited-edition hardback book, with full gloss pages priced at £20.00. It features lots of images, photos and posters, as well as hilarious stories from John’s amazing life. Bob McGrath, aka Hogsnort Rupert and the man responsible for The Ricky-Tick image, has set out the whole book. We hope that there will be enough interest for a paperback version in a few months.