MARTIN KIELTY

I'm a full-time creative based in Glasgow, Scotland, with three books in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Permanent Collection. I've written a total of 17 books so far, and I'm also a rock journalist writing for American and British websites and magazines. I'm a regular TV and radio presenter and guest, and an award-nominated PR creative. I also write for TV, radio and the theatre. I'm the eldest member of the award-winning Kielty Brothers writing team, drummer and keyboardist, former manager of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Rezillos, and current manager of Jo Callis (The Human League, The Rezillos). And I still find time for a pint.

THE BEATSTALKERS: SCOTLAND'S NUMBER 1 BEAT GROUP

‘The Beatstalkers are the story of Scottish music. They were the first, and they were the greatest.’ For the first time, the memoirs of ‘Scotland’s Beatles’ is told in their own words. Davie Lennox, Alan Mair, Eddie Campbell and Ronnie Smith collaborated with Martin Kielty to tell how they started as a school band, became the biggest act in the country, worked with David Bowie, the Kinks and many others – and how it all came to an end. Every band in Scotland has since followed the trail blazed by The Beatstalkers. This book is an essential record of teamwork, passion and friendship, and a warning to anyone who thinks they might want to be famous.

STORE

Most of my books can be found via my Lulu store. Some are also available on Amazon and via bookshops - see the portfolio above for details on specific titles.

My Blog

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The User’s Guide to Perpetual Motion 2: The Joy of Painting

Existence is movement, and even the smallest, seemingly insignificant events can change the direction of a life for ever. The User’s Guide to Perpetual Motion is a series of relatively small incidents – entirely fictional – designed for me to explore character motivations and reactions and for you, hopefully, to enjoy. –––––––––– “I hope this doesn’t make […]

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The User’s Guide to Perpetual Motion 1: Wages Day

Existence is movement, and even the smallest, seemingly insignificant events can change the direction of a life for ever. The User’s Guide to Perpetual Motion is a series of relatively small incidents – entirely fictional – designed for me to explore character motivations and reactions and for you, hopefully, to enjoy. –––––––––– It felt like […]

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Me in the media

Highlights of my work, including writing, television, radio, music and theatre output… ––––– April     13/04 – Meet the Band David Bowie ‘Climbed Over’ for Fame (Ultimate Classic Rock) 12/04 – Interview (SunnyG Radio) 12/04 – The Beatstalkers reunite for one night only (GlasgowLive) 12/04 – The Beatstalkers publication day (blog) 11/04 – Live […]

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The Beatstalkers – publication day

April 12, 2018 has been a long time coming. When I first spoke to Alan Mair in 2006, during research for another book, he told me about the events of June 11, 1965, that set his band The Beatstalkers onto a rollercoaster ride. When a free, open-air show in Glasgow’s George Square attracted 7000 people […]

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