“Puttin’ On The Style – The Lonnie Donegan Story” by Spencer Leigh with illustrations by John Firminger. Finbarr International (2002). ISBN 0 9529500 2 2
This book is also available through Amazon in a Kindle edition with a little additional material.
“Puttin’ On The Style – The Lonnie Donegan Story” was the first book to be written about the skiffle king, Lonnie Donegan, and really was a fun book to write as he was such a grumpy old bugger. The tour with Van Morrison was hilarious as they would wind each other up.
“This very readable book works from a bunch of interviews with musical figures who were there at the time. It is all nicely wound together.” (John Koenig, Discoveries)
“A very affectionate biography of a larger than life character” (Philip Key, Liverpool Daily Post)
“Spencer Leigh delivers facts in a breezy, non-academic manner. There are no signs of hero-worship even though Leigh’s respect for Donegan’s place as a musician is apparent throughout.” (Keith Parkinson, Now Dig This)
“Leigh’s fact-filled biography is deadpan and wry, full of quiet humour. It also displays Donegan’s gift for appalling rudeness.” (Roy Kerridge, Spectator)
“The book bounds along with the same energy as Lonnie himself.” (Beatles Unlimited)