The second printing of Herb's book is now
available once again at Amazon.com
To purchase, type Herb Staehr in
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A new 192 page book documenting the career of the influential
“Second British Invasion” blues/rock band and their legendary lead
guitarist Alvin Lee. Provides complete coverage from the early days
in Nottingham through the most recent tours in 2000.
prolific touring band, Ten Years After performed at almost every
important rock venue and festival in the 60s & 70s. From London’s
Marquee Club to the opening weekend at San Francisco’s Fillmore West, from
Woodstock to the Isle of Wight Festival and beyond, dozens
of rock’s most memorable and historic concert events are recalled in words
and pictures. Profusely illustrated with 400 rare concert and
backstage photos, posters, handbills & vintage ads that list
appearances of Ten Years After and many other major bands of the period (Doors, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd,
etc.). Includes Ten Years Later and the Alvin Lee
This limited edition 8-1/2 x 11 perfect bound book
is printed on coated matte paper with a full color laminated cover. It is
a must have for anyone who would like to revisit or learn about the
concert events that helped shape classic
Many Thanks to Claudia Staehr for the second printing of her brother's
It means a lot to every Alvin Lee & Ten Years After Fan
A brilliant book, August 23, 2001
There are fans, and there are FANS. And after paying several
thousand dollars at a London auction house, a couple of years back,
for the Gibson 345 guitar used by Alvin Lee at the 1970 Isle of
Wight festival, Massachusetts-based long-time Ten Years After fan,
Herb Staehr, has most definitely earned his place in that latter
category. But he didn't stop there. For during the last few years
Staehr has been meticulously marshalling his extensive collection of
TYA and Alvin Lee memorabilia into the production of this mightily
impressive book - to the best of my knowledge, the first one ever
written about either this seminal British band or its brilliant
guitarist frontman. It is - as its title implies - primarily a
photographic history of the development of TYA, from its early
sixties roots as a three-piece teenage band known as The Jaybirds,
to its evolution into the four-piece stadium supergroup of thirty
years ago. And what astonishing photographs there are. Staehr has
not only unearthed literally scores of rare and previously unseen
photos of the band in its glory years, but also fascinating images
of the aforementioned pre-TYA Jaybirds. Following the break-up of
the band in the mid-seventies, he has produced here a comprehensive
catalogue of pictures detailing the development of Alvin Lee's solo
career right up to the present day. Photos of the various TYA
comebacks and reformations are also included, as well as images
relating to the solo careers of other band members. So, if its
photos you want, there will never be a better place to come, or a
better book to buy. They include not only the examples listed above,
but concert posters, album sleeves, ticket stubs, magazine covers -
you name it, it's here. But Staehr has also provided a wealth of
literary information too. There is a band biography, an impressively
researched and massively detailed "concert chronology",
album and gig reviews, extracts from interviews with band members
and associates, all concluding with a comprehensive discography, a
listing of T.V., film and video appearances, and finally an
extensive biography. It goes without saying that this superb book is
a "must buy" for all fans of Ten Years After and Alvin
Lee. Yet its appeal should go wider than that. Anyone who was a fan
of late sixties and early seventies blues-rock, or who counts
themselves a member of the "Woodstock generation", or who
just likes a darn good rock and roll read, will find themselves glad
they purchased this book. No band rocked the blues like Ten Years
After. No-one has recorded and written about that fact as well as
Herb Staehr has done here.
Steanson from United Kingdom
The Holy Grail
, June 27, 2007
I've been a TYA fan for 25 years. I own every album TYA and Alvin
Lee has produced including seeing them when possible. All these
years, it's been a search for more info on the band. Herb Staehr
did an incredible job documenting the band and writing this book.
It is certainly a must. The info you can pick up is priceless and
really gets you "behind the scenes". You'll appreciate
how hard the band worked, touring constantly and still produced
some of the greatest rockin blues ever. Thank you Herb. Many links
have spawned from the excellent book which have led to many live
show recordings and web sites out there.
||Kurt Streng "Mizzoula"
(Clarkston, MI USA)
great book, July 3, 2006
in the deep of british blues with the complete and accurate work
made in this book!
(lamezia terme cz italy)
Great and rare photos within' an very good analysis of musicians
and his music with date concerts over the years make of this book
an must for fans and collectors.
Herb's alternate Cover Design for
|Woodstock 1969 - Photos
courtesy of Herb
for Herb's Book in GOLDMINE MAGAZINE, March 2003
OFFICIAL TEN YEARS AFTER BIBLE:
LEE & TEN YEARS AFTER - VISUAL HISTORY
the author, his book, and our common bond:
became associated with Herb Staehr at about
the same time we started our website, his book had just been released
and this was just what was needed to ignite the fire of interest in
Ten Years After once again.
Not only is this the most comprehensive
detailed and extensive resource concerning this fantastic English Rock and Roll Blues Band from the 60’s and 70’s
- but it
will always be our number
one reference source for facts, correct dates, and information about
the band's long history.
Many fans and professional photographers contributed to the overall
of Herb's book and he has thanked them in the dedication section".
Some of the people mentioned in the book have since become our
trusted and respected friends, and now joined together we have all
become part of the larger Ten Years After Family.
Herb is a great writer, we can safely say that Herb’s book is considered to be the one and only Official Ten Years After Bible for any
fan, old or new it stands alone in a positive light and with all due
respect paid to the members from this classic band.
Herb Staehr single handedly started the Ten Years After ball
rolling again and as such is also the leader in this new movement to
promote Ten Years After in its new incarnation of Leo Lyons, Ric
Lee, Chick Churchill and Joe Gooch. So if it is your desire to
Classic Years with Alvin Lee" we strongly
recommend that you
purchase Herb’s great book.
If you would like to experience a live perfomance of Ten Years After Today
with the present line-up, keep an eye on our
current Tour List, and we invite all of you to come out and have a good time.
Brigitte and Dave
Editor of the
Book "ALVIN LEE & TEN YEARS AFTER - VISUAL HISTORY"
Herb Staehr's private collection:
INTERVIEW WITH HERB STAEHR
DID YOU FIRST GET INTERESTED IN ALVIN LEE & TEN YEARS AFTER?
Ten Years After
wasn't my first interest. I loved music from an early age, and
my first record was that RCA Victor ELVIS PRESLEY album (with
the big fluorescent pink and lime green letters) containing
"Blue Suede Shoes", "Tutti Frutti",
"Money Honey", etc. I've still got it - it says it's a
"New Orthophonic" high fidelity recording, whatever
that means? I think the next band I liked was Bobby Vee &
The Cricketts (forgive me - I was only 13 years old!). Then of
course the Beatles arrived and everybody, including me, got
swept up in that. I saw them at the Boston Garden on September
12, 1964 and it was 35 minutes of shrill screaming from start to
finish, I don't think I heard one note! I also went to the
Beatles Shea Stadium, New York concert on August 15, 1965 as
part of a World's Fair package tour. The bus left Boston for New
York at 5:00 AM for a day at the fair, then on to the stadium
for the Beatles concert and back to Boston - all in one day! I
remember that I was hallucinating on the bus ride home due to
shear exhaustion. The following year in 1966, during a trip to
Europe (my parents were from Germany), I was able to visit the
"Star Club" in Hamburg where the Beatles played early
in their career. Little did I know that the Jaybirds also
performed at the Star Club at about the same time I was there.
Anyway, that is me standing in the doorway in the photo on page
4 of my Alvin Lee & Ten Years After book.
By 1967, my
senior year in high school, the "psychedelic era" had
arrived and people were hallucinating for different reasons. I
remember seeing the San Francisco groups such as Jefferson
Airplane and the Grateful Dead at Boston venues like the
Donelley Memorial Theater (since replaced by a parking garage)
and the Psychedelic Supermarket. There were also some excellent
local groups like the Ultimate Spinach performing at the time.
We were still innocent (high school kids were innocent back then),
but our older brothers and sisters attending college in Boston
or Cambridge told us about all these great places and the bands
that played there. One of those venues was the Boston Tea Party
located on East Berkeley Street. This was an old theater that
was Boston's version of the Fillmore East. All the top band's
played there and this was where I first saw Ten Years After play
just a few weeks before the Woodstock Festival. I was hooked by
the energy and intensity of their performance and became an
instant fan right then and there. I missed their Sunday night
performance at Woodstock because the friends I went with had to
be back at work on Monday. When it started to rain hard on
Sunday afternoon it seemed like a good time to leave! My other
"cameo" appearance in the book is on page 41, front
row (third from left) on the cover of the Woodstock movie
program which was sold in the theaters.
Woodstock film was released in May of 1970, Ten Years After was
suddenly thrust into the larger venues. In 1970 they sold out
Harvard Stadium in Cambridge (after playing the Tea Party
earlier in the year) and by 1971 they sold out all 16,000 seats
at the Boston Garden. By 1972 they were selling out consecutive
multiple night appearances at the Music Hall. This escalation in
the popularity of their music was not unique to Ten Years After.
Other major groups of the period like Led Zeppelin and Jethro
Tull made frequent appearances at small venues like the Tea
Party before they (seemingly overnight) began to fill the
stadiums. Just how much of an affect the Woodstock movie had on
moving rock music from the clubs to the arenas is hard to
calculate. But following the "Summer of Festivals" in
1970, rock had surely become a big business and most of the
intimacy and spontaneity that had existed in the club atmosphere
of the 60's was gone forever. It all happened very fast, but the
five year period between 1966 and 1970 was an extremely exciting
and productive period for Rock n' Roll.
WHEN DID YOU
DECIDE TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT TEN YEARS AFTER?
Starting in 1970,
I used to tape a lot of concerts with a Sony TC-110 "Solid
State" tape recorder that I received as a birthday present.
I think the first show I recorded was Creedence Clearwater
Revival at the Boston Garden in July, followed by Grand Funk
Railroad, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and just about
everyone else - including, of course, Ten Years After. All those
tapes sat in a box for a long time. Then in about 1983 I
received a complimentary copy of a record collector's magazine
and noticed a section in the back titled "tapes for trade".
This aroused my curiosity and I sent a few people a list of the
tapes I had. After several years of trading tapes with people
all over the globe, I accumulated a ridiculously large number of
both audio and video tapes. When Toni Franklin started up the
Alvin Lee website, we decided it would be interesting to add a
section listing concert dates. As a result of my tape collection,
I already had a good start on this and other fans have been
sending in new dates to add ever since.
similar books about other bands, I thought it would be fun to
use what was in my tape and memorabilia collection to put
together something on Alvin Lee & Ten Years After. I was
also a bit annoyed that a band with such an interesting and
important history did not have their story documented in print.
So, what started out as fun eventually became work and it took
four years to finish the book from conception to publication. It
took a lot of effort to track down photos, because I wanted to
include pictures of all the major concert events and festivals
(Woodstock, Newport Jazz Festival, Isle of Wight, etc.) that Ten
Years After performed at. I'm my own worse critic, and I've been
too involved with the book to judge if I've done a fair and
satisfactory job, but I hope other fans will get some enjoyment
from it. If I've succeeded at doing that, then I'm satisfied.
If nothing else,
I think Alvin Lee & Ten Years After deserve all the credit
in the world for bringing their music to the people. While many
other bands sat back and did one album and one big city tour a
year, Alvin & TYA were constantly on the road playing what
the people loved to hear. In my opinion, this is what a real
rock & roll band is all about!
by Joseph Sia - check his website at: http://www.joesia.com
About Joe Sia:
"This was the man who took all the
Woodstock, Fillmore East, Capitol Theater,
Newport Jazz Festival and Madison Square Garden TEN YEARS AFTER
pictures that are
included in my book.
From 1969 - 1970 Joe was TEN YEARS AFTER'S
personal photographer in the USA.
Joe lived in Connecticut and probably
had the biggest archive of 60's Rock Photos on the East Coast.
was a good friend, a big fan of the music, and a great photographer - we
Herb with friends and fans in London during the
Cream Reunion Concert, May 2005
Herb, Gunter, Dieter, Andy,
Peter, nn & nn
Nathalie, Patrick, Herb, Leo Lyons, Dave,
Brigitte in Luxemburg, September 2007
Rock In Peace HERB
A good friend, devoted fan and biggest
supporter of the band "Alvin Lee and Ten Years
sign the guestbook at "The Boston Globe"
58, longtime resident of Hingham, passed away on
January 12, 2008.
Herb was an avid mountain climber,
traveler, teacher, music collector, caregiver, author,
and friend. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Herb was
the son of Liselotte and the late Otto Staehr. He is
survived by his loving sister and best friend,
Claudia, and his close and adoring brother Tom. Herb
graduated from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, and
traveled the high seas for three years before
beginning his career with Factory Mutual Insurance
Company (FM Global) where he traveled extensively in
the United States, South America and Europe in his
capacity as Instructor and Chief Inspector. Herb had a
passion for climbing and hiking in the Swiss Alps,
which he did extensively with his family and others
who could keep up with him. Herb was a devoted friend
and follower of the band Ten Years After and often
traveled with them in the United States and Europe. He
authored a book chronicling the bands long career. His
circle of friends sharing his musical interests and
collections is worldwide. He was an avid fan of the
Red Sox and the Patriots, and a compassionate, warm
and wonderful friend to all who knew him. Funeral
arrangements by George H. Downing & Son, HINGHAM,
MA. Services are private. If desired, donations may be
made in Herb's memory to the Dana Farber Cancer
Research Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor,
Brookline, MA 02445-7226.
Published in the
Boston Globe on 1/20/2008.
We are in shock to have
lost our good friend so suddenly.
We will miss you forever
Herb and love you always.
Dave and Brigitte
Memory of Herb Staehr
was saddened to hear that Herb Staehr, friend
and author of the book
‘Alvin Lee and Ten Years After - A Visual
History’ passed away on Saturday 12th January
can be seen sitting in the audience, front row,
on the cover of The Woodstock album
but of course that was not his first gig. He
followed the band's career since the very
He was the band's historian. His book is the
scrapbook we never kept for ourselves
and I will always treasure my copy.
In the past five years we’ve come to know him
as a kind, intelligent and witty person.
He’s been a great supporter to all band
members past and present.
We’ll all miss him but we won’t forget him.
I know I’ll be looking out for him at the next
With condolences to his family from all of us.