Jacobs Brown PressA new tome being touted as the first “proper book” about 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Moody Blues has just been published.

Long Distance Voyagers: The Story of the Moody Blues, Volume 1 is the first part of a two-part biography about the influential British group, and covers the band’s history from its 1965 debut album through the late-1970s departure of founding keyboardist Mike Pinder.

Long Distance Voyagers‘ first volume runs 800 pages and features hundreds of photos, as well as new interviews with Pinder and longtime Moody Blues flutist/singer Ray Thomas who, sadly, passed away on January 4.

The book starts with a look at The Moody Blues’ early lineup, led by singer/guitarist Denny Laine, which scored a #1 U.K. hit in 1965 with cover of the soulful “Go Now.” Laine and original bassist Cliff Warwick soon were replaced by Justin Hayward and John Lodge, respectively, with whom the band recorded its landmark 1967 symphonic concept album Days of Future Passed.

Days of Future Passed marked a musical shift for The Moodies, as Pinder introduced the Mellotron — a precursor to the synthesizer — to the band’s sound, and they began incorporating classical and psychedelic influences.

“This book documents The Moodies’ role as one of the most significant rock bands of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s,” notes author Marc Cushman. “Their influence is still being felt; the introduction of the Mellotron alone changed the course of rock music. Bands such as Yes, the Electric Light Orchestra, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and Genesis are in debt to The Moody Blues for this and other musical innovations.”

A second volume of Long Distance Voyagers will be released later in 2018. Visit JacobsBrownMediaGroup.com for more information about the book.

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