Bay City Rollers: Fly-On-The-Wall Book Coming

The legions of Bay City Rollers fans have a real treat in store when a new book of behind-the-scenes photos of the Edinburgh pop legends is published.

Top Scots photographer Brian Anderson has been given carte blanche to document the tartan-clad 70s sensations for a limited-edition book that will take a fly-on-the-wall look at their hugely-successful comeback after 40 years.

Anderson, who runs the city-based Glasgow Eyes photographic magazine, said he is “honoured” to be photographing the Shang-a-Lang hitmakers.

“I was invited to take pictures at their comeback gig at the Barrowland,” he told the Evening Times. “I was behind the scenes and got some classic shots of the band and also of their fans.

“That was how the book came about – their manager, John [McLaughlin], said to me, ‘Why don’t you do something with us?’

“I couldn’t be happier. The Rollers have become mainstream again. It was a hard offer to turn down.

“I’m going to be documenting them for a limited-edition book that will look at their successful comeback after 40 years. I’ll be photographing them at different events – there are other things that they’re going to announce shortly.

“They will be bringing out an album, too. There’s so much happening on the Rollers front.”

Anderson added: “I’ve been given carte blanche to take photographs of the band, a fly-on-the-wall approach.

“For me, it’s totally amazing. I remember sitting in the dressing-room at the Barrowland and feeling nervous.

“The walls were shaking with the sheer noise of the fans. I was thinking, this is the Rollers here – they were the biggest band on the planet in the 1970s, and they sold more than 120 million records.

“It was totally surreal. But they couldn’t have been nicer. And for a Scottish photographer to be chosen to document them behind the scenes is a genuine honour.”

One of the biggest bands on the planet for a short but fervent period in the 1970s, the Rollers enjoyed worldwide hits with Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Keep On Dancing and Summerlove Sensation.

A reunion featuring original bandmembers Les McKeown, Alan Longmuir and Stuart ‘Woody’ Wood was announced last year, triggering a new wave of Rollermania.

The reformed rockers went on to play a string of comeback gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh before going on to be honoured with a Living Legends award at Scotland’s music industry Oscars.

As reported on AAA recently, the Rollers are currently in the recording studio hard at work on their eagerly-awaited new album. The band are also set to play at this year’s T in the Park festival in July.

A fortnight ago, original Bay City Roller Alan Longmuir took part in AAA’s exclusive My Edinburgh interview series – you can read it by clicking HERE