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This website is based around Derek Shelmerdine‘s book Rock’n’Roll Unravelled.

Rock'n'Roll Unravelled

Rock’n’Roll Unravelled



Rock’n’Roll Unravelled author, Derek Shelmerdine makes regular radio appearances to talk about various aspects of the history of rock’n’roll.
This month’s guest appearances…

29 April: guest on THE JOHN LEBANG SHOW
AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles and Jeff Beck… What they were up to back in the day +++ where you can see them on tour NOW.
Premiers on Alien X Radio (Detroit, MI) and is then syndicated all the following week on radio stations across America, the UK and Australia.

10 May: MERIDIAN FM (East Grinstead) – Standing in for Tim Waters
5.00 to 8.00 pm UK: The Rock’n’Roll Unravelled Show

24 May: MERIDIAN FM (East Grinstead) – guest with Dave Roberts on his Music for Grown Ups
Part 1: 8.20 to 9,00 pm UK – Topic to be confirmed
Part 2: 10.00 to 11.00 pm UK – The Rock’n’Roll Unravelled Hour

Date and time to be confirmed: MERSEY RADIO (Liverpool) – guest on The Frank Carlyle Show
The Bo Diddley Story

For all of Derek Shelmerdine’s radio appearances, past and future…


Rock’n’Roll Unravelled author, Derek Shelmerdine has two book signings in April.

LEEDS: 14 April: Book Signing at Leeds Record and Book Fair
Details for the Leeds Record and Book Fair

BRIGHTON: 21 & 22 April: Book Signing at Jukebox and Retro Fair
Details for the Jukebox & Retro Fair Brighton


TO BUY Rock’n’Roll Unravelled: More and more UK bookshops are stocking it and it can be ordered in ANY UK bookshop. It is also available online in the UK and around the world. Options are available to buy in local currencies in America, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and South Africa. It is probably available in other countries too, I just haven’t spotted the supplier yet!


Rock’n’Roll Unravelled – THE BOOK
Rock’n’Roll Unravelled tells the story of rock’n’roll, from its roots up until it turned full circle with punk in the mid-1970s. As well as the music it also includes the external events which influenced the sounds of the time, such as the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights struggle.

Read more about Rock’n’Roll Unravelled.
EXTRACTS taken directly from Rock’n’Roll Unravelled give a great flavour of how the the book builds up a vivid picture of rock’n’roll roll, from its roots to mid-1970s punk. The extracts are for artists and bands, such as The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin; history of rock’n’roll, such as British Skiffle and Rock’n’Roll; classic releases and the stories behind the songs; and world events, such as the Vietnam War.

See what people are saying about Rock’n’Roll Unravelled and Record Collector magazine’s review.


The PLAYLISTS are available through Spotify.
There are three playlist topics:
Beatles Covers The original versions of songs covered by The Beatles.
Originals and Covers All of the original and cover versions mentioned in the book, Rock’n’Roll Unravelled. (Please note that this playlist has not been completed yet.)
Playlist of the Week Each week a suggested playlist for an artist or genre.

BLOGS – Through CATEGORIES in the sidebar on the right-hand side of the screen

Book Events Promotional events for Rock’n’Roll Unravelled
Friday Night Pub Quiz Test your knowledge of rock’n’roll, from its roots to 1970s punk.
History Blogs about artists, bands, genres, venues, in fact, just about anything connected with rock’n’roll.
Podcasts These include guest appearances on radio shows.
Press Articles Press coverage.
Extracts from Rock’n’Roll Unravelled Artists, bands, the story behind the song, and other topics.
Reviews See what people are saying about Rock’n’Roll Unravelled.
RADIO APPEARANCES Derek Shelmerdine’s guest appearances, past and future.


Information about Derek Shelmerdine, author of Rock’n’Roll Unravelled

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