While You See a Chance: The Steve Winwood Story

Author(s): John Van der Kiste 

ISBN: 9781781556733
£11.89 £16.99
Steve Winwood – vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, solo performer and former frontman of The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith.
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  • As lead vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player, and frontman of the chart-topping The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, Steve Winwood enjoyed a very successful solo career
  • Detailed and comprehensive discography
  • The first biography for almost thirty years
  • A well-respected performer on both sides of the Atlantic, active in popular music for over half a century

Born in Birmingham, Steve Winwood was already a semi-professional musician, playing keyboards and guitar, while still at school.

As lead vocalist with The Spencer Davis Group, he had had two chart-topping singles by the time he was aged eighteen. In 1967, he formed Traffic, long noted as one of the major British psychedelic groups whose music also borrowed from jazz and folk influences as well as rock and pop.

A brief hiatus saw him join forces with Eric Clapton in the short-lived Blind Faith, thereafter returning to Traffic until they disbanded in 1974 (and briefly reformed twenty years later).

Throughout his subsequent solo career, he has been much respected on both sides of the Atlantic as a vocalist, all-round musician and regular collaborator with or session player for other artists.

While You See a Chance: The Steve Winwood Story is the first biography for nearly thirty years.

BOOK ISBN 9781781556733
FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 176 pages
ILLUSTRATIONS 35 colour photographs



John Van der Kiste has published over forty books including works on royal and historical biography, local history, true crime, music and fiction, and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His previous titles include Queen Victoria’s Children, Kaiser Wilhelm II and The Romanovs: Tsar Alexander II of Russia and his Family. He lives in Devon.