Book Event Preview : The Train Kept A-Rollin’


Put Friday 24th March, 6pm in your diaries as we’ve got an excellent event coming up for you!

A beloved regular customer here, author Spencer Vignes will be appearing to read from his recent book, The Train Kept A-Rollin’, after shop hours, in-store and we’ll be a-hopin’ he’ll spill the beans on some of the amazing music characters  he interviewed for the book! All this will be sound tracked by some of Spencer’s must have “train themed tunes” (how we’ll fit that alone in to one evening is yet to be seen!)

The event is open to all, so if you’ve even a passing curiosity, do pop along!  The book itself begins with an absorbing overview of how the railroads changed the both the economic and social geography of America but develops to give a thorough but accessible and entertaining history of the train song and the musicians who have been inspired by its ever-chugging romance.  Of course, the book is on sale in Spillers and while you won’t be forced to buy a book to attend this event, we’re sure that a lot of our customers will find this book so fascinating that you’ll be pulling out albums from your own collections and inspired to make your own Top Ten (or more!) Train Songs.  In fact, if you do, please feel welcome to drop any lists in to us and we’ll include some of these selections at the event!

About the Author

Spencer Vignes is a freelance journalist, author and broadcaster who lives in Cardiff. He has contributed to over 100 newspapers, magazines and press agencies across the world and is the author of six critically acclaimed books. Raised in Brighton on the post-punk music scene of the late seventies and early eighties, he bought his first album from Spillers – Complete Madness – back in 1984 while visiting relatives in South Wales. Follow him @SpencerVignes or visit for more information.

About the Book

There’s something about the lonesome train whistle, or the rattle of steel wheels on the tracks, that stirs emotions deep within the human soul.  Trains symbolise freedom, hope, travel, escape, sad partings and joyful reunions, along with a yearning to see what’s around the next bend.

Small wonder that generations of songwriters from Birmingham Alabama, to Birmingham, England have taken trains to their hearts, using them as a vehicle through which to convey the gamut of emotions that the sights and sounds of locomotives can evoke.

Longtime music and train fan, Spencer Vignes, marries his two passions in a book that gets to the heart of the genre.  Painstakingly researched, he has interviewed an array of singers, songwriters and musicians who share the secrets of how and why they came to write, or record, their train songs.

Climb on board in the company of Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Nick Cave, Ray Davies (The Kinks), Chris Difford (Squeeze), Sheena Easton, Bryan Ferry, Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers), Chas McDevitt, Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Peggy Seeger, Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), Rod Stewart and many more famous names, all of whom were happy to proclaim their love of trains and train songs.

All aboard and see you there!


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