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|The Rocky Horror Show: As I Remember It
by Rayner Bourton
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Sunday, December 19th, 2010 Rayner has sent us news that the book is also now available as an itunes download. Scroll down the page or click here for details.
Rayner Bourton, original Rocky Horror and all round nice guy, has released a wonderful new book with his memories of the early days of The Rocky Horror Show.
The book has a little quote on the front cover of "If you can remember it you weren't there." Wrong! I can remember it and I was really there. He certainly was and the book gives a brilliant insight from the first auditions though the original Theatre Upstairs production to the Kings Road shows.For the true Rocky fans this book is a mine of information, with many descriptions of how the show evolved from the first drafts to the polished article that opened on 19th June 1973. A good example there, we've always put the birth of Rocky and the first shows as the 16th June, and Rayner points out that was indeed the date of the first preview of the show, with the actual first night performance on the 19th June, 1973. (We've updated our calendar accordingly)
Included are several pages of black and white images of the early days of the show and some of the original programme details.
All I can say is I love this book, Rayner's style of writing brings you into the events to a level where you feel you are almost there, watching events unfold before you. The book is also very honest in tone and expands on many of the stories he has told at the conventions of the 90's and 00's. The world famous "Glitter under the foreskin" story is told in full to the level where the sensitive amongst you might cringe a little at the details!
I'll leave the last words to Rayner himself as written on the back of the book................
The Rocky Horror Show: As I Remember It - Rayner Bourton is my personal retrospective of the original Rocky Horror Show stage production. Told from my perspective as a young, naive, ambitious, girl chasing. wannabe, classical actor, suddenly thrust into the limelight and the world of celebrity, sex and Rock 'n' Roll. We were a group of young, mostly unknown actors, rehearsing a show that would, over the decades, affect millions of peoples' lives and be in our own lives for longer than it hasn't. Not so much kiss and tell, more tell it as I remember it. with a lot of kissing.
"It doesn't matter if people think you were the best or worst 'Rocky.' you were [he first 'Rocky.' There can only ever he one original, only ever he one person who can tell that story, that is you. Rayner Bourton"
We also ran a competition to win a signed copy of the book in July 2009.
The book is also now available as a download from itunes as an audiobook, read by Rayner himself. Priced at a very reasonable £5.95.
Go to the ITUNES store and enter RAYNER BOURTON in the search box it should bring up the relevant page. Click on the image and full details can be found also a link for leaving a review.
ITUNES is probably the best and cheapest way to obtain the audio but it can also be accessed from Amazon by again entering Rayner's name and clicking on the image which will take them to the relevant page.
And we also have a personal message from Rayner to thank everyone for their support and wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and an extremely Happy and Prosperous New Year.
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