Bowie & Hutch
Bowie & Hutch Book      
“Hutch’s story is a fabulous journey that takes him from hometown Scarborough to the Marquee Club in London 1966 to the Hammersmith Odeon farewell concert 1973 - via Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. From a 'buzz around London' to worldwide hysteria… in the company of David Bowie. Jealous? Me?”
Marc Riley
Bowie & Hutch is an unusual memoir, Bowie a world superstar and Hutch a comparatively little known, semi-retired jazz guitarist living in rural East Yorkshire.
John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson was Bowie’s musical collaborator, side-man, accompanying musician and friend, and his story should be an essential read for Bowie fans around the world.
The pair first met in 1966 when Hutch turned up by chance at an audition to form a band with ‘an up and coming new singer’ called David Bowie.
An off and on musical relationship then continued for seven years, from the Marquee Club days to the fall of Ziggy Stardust in 1973.
Hutch’s valuable contributions to David’s music during the early years are amongst the building blocks of David Bowie’s spectacular career.
Looking back with good humour and affection, Hutch is able to give his first-hand account of life on the road with David Bowie. The book also covers Bowie & Hutch’s musical lives in parallel from the beginnings, through the rock and roll years and up to the present day.
Foreword by Doctor Rock
Since I first met him in Scarborough sometime back in the sixties John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson has been entertaining and elating audiences all over the UK with his guitar playing and his original songs. To me Hutch’s musical talent has always been amazing and I have been surprised that commercial success never came his way.
This may well be partly down to his apparent reticence to cash-in on his connection with David Bowie, but Hutch has always controlled his own destiny, opting at least for a large part of his working life for a career in Oil and Gas exploration rather than be a slave to musical commercialism.
The rumour that had gone around Scarborough town in the sixties, that Hutch had been in London playing with a rising star called David Bowie, proved to be true when Hutch re-joined the singer for the Aladdin Sane world tour in 1973.
It was the early days that were important though, Bowie had obviously appreciated Hutch’s talent from the start, and they shared their original musical abilities during their days together at the famous Marquee Club and later during the short lifespan of Bowie’s first multi-media group ‘Feathers’.
I have been involved in the music business for over thirty years and for twenty-five of those my Doctor Rock show on BBC Radio York has been a great success. When Hutch made an appearance on my show in 2013 the audience response was overwhelming and we have repeated some of that show several times.
Hutch’s story of his musical life has many surprises, he was a rock star in Sweden when Benny Anderson was still just the piano player with The Hepstars and ABBA had not yet crossed his mind and Reg Dwight was just the piano player with Long John Baldry - and so on.
I would highly recommend this book to all Bowie fans and to all who wonder what it must have been like to have been there when it all happened.
Doctor Rock - aka Charles White, author of one of David Bowie’s Top 100 Favourite Books: ‘The Life and Times of Little Richard’ 1984
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Bowie and Hutch
ISBN: 978-1-291-90403-1
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