63 years ago, 4 lads from the North of England came together and began to make music which would change the world forever. They were called The Beatles. This book is not about them.
About the author
Upstairs on Fourth Street is his first and, quite conceivably, his only book.
Chris co-founded the Newcastle United fanzine, The Mag in 1988 and, in addition to writing the regular Sweet Left Foot column, was the magazine’s (honorary) Deputy Editor until 2014 when, after 289 issues, it was cruelly beaten on penalties by the t’internet. As far as his own musical career is concerned, he can’t sing, he can’t play and he looks awful but strangely he hasn’t gone a long way.
What are you waiting for? Order your copy of Upstairs on Fourth Street now.
What the readers think
Chris has perfectly captured a moment in history with this heartfelt story that takes the reader on the band’s journey from the streets of Gateshead to Butlins and beyond. This is a unique insight into the lives of some great characters, which not only encapsulates the spirit of the people who are at its heart but also life in the North East of England at the time. As the pages turn, you can hear the sound of the banter and laughter, you can smell the beer and tobacco and you can sense the camaraderie of people brought together by their love of music.
In Upstairs on Fourth Street, Chris Tait chronicles the highly entertaining journey along the road to ‘almost stardom’ for a group of good old Gateshead lads, hell-bent on taking the music world by storm and having a jolly good time along the way. Sometimes sad, often funny and never boring, the story of The Tru Tones – Alan, Billy, Brian and Jeff - will make you smile, cringe, chuckle, but mostly laugh out loud at their reminiscences of their early days, their lucky breaks, their misdemeanours and their escapades behind the scenes and on the stages of those bastions of political incorrection, the North East Working Men’s clubs. I never knew what the phrase ‘having a run-off’ meant until I read this book. Thanks, lads. Read and enjoy!
Upstairs on Fourth Street is a pure joy to read. Written in Chris Tait's inimitable style, with equal parts humour and heart, readers are treated to a wildly vivid description of Tyneside life in the ‘60s & ‘70s (this is one book that requires no Audiobook edition to be brought to life). Upstairs on Fourth Street will appeal to anyone who knows the feeling of having "almost made it", yet it also serves as a reminder that it's the memories, good laughs, and the people you meet along the way that are really what's important. Highly recommended!
Graeme 'Rico' Richardson
After receiving my personally signed copy of 'Upstairs on Fourth Street' from debut author Chris Tait, I couldn't wait to get started as it promised to be a cracking read and something, that being part of the current North East music scene myself, would resonate with me a lot. The book is fabulously written & sent me back to an era before I was even a stir in my parents loins. I could picture the moment, the venues, the 'clurb' stewards, the meat draw, the bingo, the often stern but mostly friendly faces of the crowds & genuinely could smell the smoke & the stale beer throughout the pages. I loved the 'lads' memories & craic & just know how much they would have loved this time in their lives and even more so recounting it over a few beers! Brilliant & funny stories of traveling on buses to gigs with their drums and bass guitars across their laps, to being 'on the tele' are a plenty and tickle your senses along the read. Well done Chris for bringing their story to life & I’m sure they, and your Dad, are very pleased and proud you did. I must also comment on the selfless gesture to donate the proceeds from this book to the Bobby Robson Charity is simply amazing, just like the book! Well done sir!