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The sheer size of this book is noteworthy (9.5 x 12 inches; 682 pages), but the real accomplishment is the overall achievement of the comprehensive coverage dedicated to the historic amp company, Vox Amplifiers. Elyea has nurtured this book like a dedicated parent, by committing the past 12 years to this encyclopedia-like book.
On the evening of Saturday November 22 a large-scale bash celebrated the release of author Jim Elyea’s labor of love. The book’s official release party, held at History For Hire in North Hollywood, California, delivered an appropriately over-the-top celebratory launch as several hundred guests enjoyed an evening full of Merseyside-themed entertainment. The venue made an ideal host site, delivering Cavern Club-era aesthetics for the Vox book send off.
Historical photos decorating the "Beatles Bar"
The festivities began the moment attendees stepped out of their cars: an authentic red double-decker bus ferried guests from the parking lot to the party. At the main site a large tent housed the bash, replete with pub-friendly food and drink (Bass ale and fish and chips were available in abundance) and live music performed by local faves Working Class Hero. Classic Beatles tunes provided the perfect musical touchstone for the splashy launch.
Working Class Hero's Tim Piper rocking with a big body Epiphone Casino
One key guest had come all the way from England for the event: Derek Underdown–Vox’s Chief Engineer during the mid-1960s era and an integral figure in the Vox’s history–enjoyed mingling with other guests and provided a living link to the company’s rich legacy.
Jim Elyea (Author), Derek Underdown (Vox Chief Engineer) and Richard Adkins (Art Director) about to enjoy a piece of celebratory cake
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