Tales from the Road
Stories of Sex, Drums, and Rock & Roll from the Music Circuit of the '70s, '80s and Beyond
with Bill Bancroft
Imagine if the movies Forrest Gump and Almost Famous collided along a stretch of highway. It’s there you will find Tales from the Road.
Before the birth of MTV and the internet made music readily accessible and boringly safe, bands rolled into big cities and small towns across America to ply their trade. These musicians lived a fantasy many have only dreamed.
Behind a drum kit, Bill Bancroft experienced the whole mind-altering trip. Sex and drugs were on steady supply everywhere they went. Acid trips, cocaine busts and psycho groupies were part of this strange world.
His bands opened for national acts such as Robert Cray and Hoyt Axton. He played with the legendary Bo Diddley and went on tour with Freddy Fender. He partied with Heart, drank beers with the guys from AC/DC and even shot a round of roadside golf with Willie Nelson.
Sex, drums, and rock & roll were the center of his world…
Until a girl walked into Bill’s life and everything changed.
See pictures of Bill Bancroft and his bands at facebook.com/TalesFromTheRoad2018
Check out some music videos from Bill and his bands on YouTube.
what READERS HAVE SAID…
firelo / 5.0 out of 5 stars
Music memoir that delivers what it promises.........honestly
September 6, 2018
This book delivered everything it promised. And unlike so many memoirs by big name musicians, this one is brutally honest. The author does not spare himself by filtering out things that might make him look bad. It is easy to see that he regrets some of his behavior and choices made. But it is all part of his story, warts and all.. When I purchased a copy of this book from him, he was quite concerned that after reading it, I might think less of him. I don't. I respect him even more than before. Honesty is very important to me. Like most of us, he is a different person now than when he was younger. A better man, a better person. Something we all hope to be. The siren call of becoming a "rock star" is very apparent all through the book, so the reader can easily understand the motivations that drew him, even if there are times we would make a different decision in the same circumstances. The book is very well written, and I found myself flying right through it, because it is a great read. We readers can vicariously make his journey with him. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Sarah Brooke Moss / 5.0 out of 5 stars
Glad to have grabbed this book
May 6, 2018
Impressive and honest. A true romance story, not just between a man and his wife, but between a man and rock and roll. Glad to have grabbed this book, and hoping for more from Bancroft and Conway.
Amazon Customer / 5.0 out of 5 stars
Rock and roll and life on the road is obviously not for the faint of heart
May 16, 2018
Tales from the Road, by Bill Bancroft and Colin Conway, is a straightforward and quick read that successfully conveys the difficult existence of a semi-famous road musician. The kind of life, with all its wantonness, adoration and self-indulgence that is often only dreamed about by many a talented musician longing to make the big-time. Chapter by chapter, this book easily transports the reader into that life, with all its grueling demands, challenging relationships, and absurdity. Realistically capturing the atmosphere and feeling of the times, the authors make you wish you had been there, and so relieved you weren’t. Rock and roll and life on the road is obviously not for the faint of heart. Most of us do not realize the toll it takes on the life of a traveling musician, or the dire effects it can have on the lives of those who love him. Lingering, though, within all the depictions of sex, drugs, road trips, clubs and fights, is the real story...a love story...many love stories, in fact. Some are fleeting, some are illusive, and some are eternal. As Billy expresses throughout the chapters, his love and respect for his friends and band mates; his love and devotion to his parents and siblings; his love and adoration of his wife and children; his love and unbreakable connection to his music; his heartbreaking losses and his marvelously rediscovered delight for a second chance at love— we readers are happy to have been invited to come along for a great ride.