Jumpin’ in the Fire: a life in rock ‘n’ roll

by Sean Tyla

Jumpin’ in the Fire is the autobiography of 70s rocker Sean Tyla, who is still rocking today.

  • Foreword by Will Birch
  • ISBN: 9780956642004
  • 208 pages inc. black & white photos

Jumpin' In The Fire - Book CoverRock’n’roll is a potent poison for which there is no antidote. I would travel to the four corners of the earth on my journey through music and I would take my mind and body to the outer limits. Right now, though, I was on my way to Durham with Ducks Deluxe…and we only had seven quid between us – Sean Tyla from Jumpin’ in the Fire.

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Sean Tyla epitomises the rock’n’roll lifestyle. Not for him the world of chauffeur-driven limos, soulless stadium rock and corporate hotels, but the life of the working musician scratching a living from doing what he loves – making music.

Tours supporting Canadian rock giants Rush, being robbed at gunpoint by East German Polizei, making the front page of Le Monde after a stunning French festival performance, tramping Soho’s streets in last week’s Y-fronts in search of a deal – Tyla’s been there, done that and written a book about it.

The story chronicles Tyla’s career from his entry to the music business as a jobbing songwriter for Lionel Bart in 1970, his time in ace rockers Ducks Deluxe through to the Tyla Gang and his eventual breakthrough as a solo star – until the label pulled the plug in 1980

Tyla was at the heart of the exciting mid-Seventies punk era and recounts tales of alcohol and drug-fuelled adventures with long-time friend Nick Lowe as well as escapades with Keith Moon who, almost inevitably, showed him how to throw a TV from a hotel window.

He also tells how he turned down the opportunity to join Motörhead, declined to produce the Sex Pistols and signed for Stiff Records instead of Warner Brothers. Show this man a golden opportunity and he’ll pass on it!

This is rock’n’roll writing at its very best in an autobiography written by a man who has seen it all and just about lived to tell the tale. Read his story and experience all the exhilarating highs and often soul-destroying lows of a life in music.

For more information contact Phil Godsell phil@soundcheckbooks.co.uk Jumpin’ in the Fire is available from Amazon.co.uk and all good booksellers.

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