TV Smith has just released the fourth volume of his Punk Rock Tour Diaries via Arima Publishing. It's another amusing and entertaining travelog in the company of the inspirational and likeable ex-Adverts vocalist. This is a world of Rock 'n' Roll that is as far away from huge tour buses and luxury hotels as you can get. It's a world of sleeping on floors in damp and freezing cold back rooms of venues. Relying on lifts, local buses and ferry boats where ice strewn footpaths can wreak havoc on your luggage and your timetables. There is the poignantly named Old Punks Festival in the Czech Republic and a gig among the sand dunes in the remote island of Heligoland. There are encounters with hi-tech Japanese toilets in Tokyo and dangerous crack alleys in Brazil. There are battles with unmanned budget hotels and their baffling entry codes, and with mosquitoes in Finland. Along the way we meet some characters that keep it all rolling along, Vom from Die Toten Hosen, The Tokyo Adverts and Jay Reatard amongst many others. So, grab a copy of this highly entertaining book, buy it for a loved one for Xmas and follow TV as he travels the world, armed only with his guitar, a bag of clothes, a bundle of CD's and an emergency sandwich. The book is available through the TV Smith official web-site here. Otherwise you will be able to get a copy at our gig for TV Smith at the Railway Hotel in Southend-on-Sea on Saturday December 07th. I am sure TV will be happy to sign a copy too. For more details on the gig please check out this link here.
You can hear TV Smith talking to us about his on-the-road experiences, along with an in-depth look back over his musical career, in our very special Retrosonic Podcast. This episode is soundtracked with many pivotal songs from The Adverts, Cheap, The Explorers and of course his extensive solo back catalogue. It also includes an exclusive acoustic session live from the Retrosonic HQ!