About the Author

Philip Newell entered the world of music directly from school in 1966, at the age of 17. His first job was as an apprentice in audio electronics, during which time he studied radio and television servicing at Blackburn Technical College, in England. However, he soon gave up his apprenticeship when offered a job as sound and light operator in a local ballroom, owned by the Mecca entertainments company. His work was well-liked, and he was gradually moved to larger ballrooms within the Mecca chain, finally arriving at the Orchid ballroom in Purley, just south of London, which was then one of the largest ballrooms in the country.

These were the days when musical groups did not travel with their own public address systems. They tended ...

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