Lee Brilleaux: Rock 'n' Roll Gentleman
Zoe Howe

Paperback | Reissue Ed. | Sep 2019 | Polygon | 9781846974960 | 272pp | 198x129mm | RFB | AUD$22.99, NZD$27.99

Lee Brilleaux, the uniquely charismatic star of proto-punk R&B reprobates Dr Feelgood, was one of rock’n’roll’s greatest frontmen. But he was also one of its greatest gentlemen — a class act with heart, fire, wanderlust and a wild streak.

Exploding out of Canvey Island in the early 1970s — an age of glam rock, post-hippy folk and pop androgyny — the Feelgoods, with Lee Brilleaux and Wilko Johnson at the helm, charged into London, grabbed the pub rock scene by the throat and sparked a revolutionary new era, proving that you didn’t have to be middle class, wearing the ‘right clothes’ or living in the ‘right place’ to succeed.