|Plot Summary of Coghlan and Quo|
|"Coghlan and Quo
Aureus Publishing, 2004
The rock group Status Quo played for 40 years but had a few casualties along the way. One of them was their former drummer John Coghlan, who was 16 years old when he joined them during their early days in 1962 as The Sceptres. In 1967, after two more changes of name, they called themselves The Status Quo and had the first of many hits with ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men', an intriguing piece of psychedelic pop which was a Top 10 hit in Britain and to this day their only American Top 20 success.
After two years of making records, they discarded the fancy clothes and lightweight style in favour of the more earthy denim look and went to playing harder, more blues-based music. Throughout the 1970s they enjoyed massive success.
Coghlan was the only group member who regarded their dabbling in drugs as destructive. His relationships with the rest of the group disintegrated during the years of highs and lows, notably the infamous ‘Vienna incident' in 1976 when they were arrested and charged with assault; he had the good sense to be somewhere else at the time. By 1981 he had had more than enough, and during a recording session in Montreux he told them, not for the first time, that he was leaving. This time he meant it.
Without the songwriting royalties which helped to support the others, the money soon ran out. His next group Partners In Crime failed to make the big time, and soon he was reduced to selling his house and vintage car collection. Nevertheless he continued to pursue a low-key career in the music business, without having to live up to the reputation which he and ‘the Quo' had to live with for so many years.
John Van der Kiste, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Coghlan and Quo|
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Story of entertainer?
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
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Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
- A lot 11-15 B&W
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- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
A LOT of info about personal vices?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 76%-100% of book
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