Heavy Load : The Story of "Free" Hardback
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 286 pages, 430 illustrations
- Publication Date: 01/03/2002
- Category: Rock & Pop music
- ISBN: 9780954216900
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Review by DekeDastardly
Painstakingly researched using intimate inside knowledge, interviews, and just about anything ever previously published, Clayton doesn't hold back on the warts and all, yet remains lovingly empathetic and largely without judgement. There is copious photos of the band, the individual members, and those close to the band, from photoshoots, performance, candid moments, family, memorabilia, outakes and precious sweepings from the cutting room floor. The book looks closely at the pre Free years, the coming together of this uniquely talented and remarkably youthful ensemble, the spectacular, euphoric rise and equally spectacular and gut wrenching fall, and also at the post Free activities of the members although this comes mostly to a grinding halt with the death of Paul Kossoff, certainly in terms of anything particularly relevant to Free.As appreciation of the contribution and legacy of Free has grown in recent years, Clayton's book has become the definitive written chronical, there's really nothing missing, it's all here bar the music itself, but that's for the reader to sort out.