STOCKISTS: Astley Book Farm, Astley Lane, Bedworth CV12 0NE. // Waterstones, Queens Road, Nuneaton. // Hunt's Bookshop, High Street, Rugby. // Order by post: Cheque £16.50 + £2. towards p&p = £18.50 to: Fillongley Publications, Old Granary, Castle Close, Fillongley CV7 8PB

Details of Events - book signings - talks etc below



SPECIAL EDITION 474 pages, hardback, includes many photographs.  

Meet the author - BOOK SIGNING // Book Stockists 

Hunt's Bookshop, High St., Rugby *Book signing Saturday 16th December 11am - 2pm


The Studio, Castle Close, Fillongley CV7 8PB *Book signing Sunday morning 17th December 9.30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

27th January 2018: Saturday morning 10.30am - 12 noon. Talk and slide show in Nuneaton. (Arranged by Peter Lee) 

25th April 2018:  Talk and slide show to Marlow Rotary. 

Story in brief: 

Biography of Reg and Dorothy Calvert, written as a novel. Within the extraordinary tapestry of their lives is woven the stories of musicians, singers, disc jockeys and radio engineers. Reg Calvert was shot and killed by a rival on midsummer night, 1966, and this was the catalyst that changed British broadcasting. His wife, Dorothy, continued running Radio City even though her life was threatened. When the government closed the station down, Reggie Kray asked her to continue. Sometimes real life is stranger than fiction! 


BIOGRAPHY: An amazing true story about post-war England, when the burgeoning population of baby boomers throw off the shackles of inhibition and seek their own culture, fashions and music. Reg and Dorothy Calvert are at the heart of the 1960's music business and woven into the extraordinary tapestry of their lives are the stories of musicians, singers, engineers and disc jockeys. This 'Special Edition' features Books Two and Three of the trilogy.

Book Two: CLIFTON HALL - The School of Rock 'n' Roll. 1960-1964. Reg and Dorothy find success and buy Clifton Hall near Rugby. It is a tumultuous time with much fun, laughter and heartbreak. Musicians and singers live with them and many groups, including the Beatles, visit this extraordinary household. There is sex, drugs and Rock 'n' Roll, but not in the way you would imagine. 

Book Three: SHIVERING SANDS - 1960s Pirate Radio. Reg moves from one new venture to another, leaving Dorothy to pick up the pieces and maintain some sort of equilibrium. When he has a new dream, to own his own pirate radio station, Dorothy is against him. Reg, however, is determined and just when he makes Radio City a success, a rival takes over his station with force. When Reg confronts him, he is shot dead. The government act quickly and Reg's tragic death becomes the catalyst that changes the course of British Broadcasting. Dorothy is determined to carry on for Reg, even though her life is threatened. When the government force the closure of Radio City, Reggie Kray asks her to continue.  

Book One: POPCORN TO ROCK 'n' ROLL.  A surprising and often amusing story of Reg and Dorothy Calvert, 1946-1960. Love, marriage, adversity and Rock 'n' Roll.  



Paperback: £7.50 or Kindle eBook (can be read on any device) 

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Hardback £16.50   or   Paperback £7.50.

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POPCORN TO ROCK 'N' ROLL. The first book in the trilogy. 1946-1960 Reg and Dorothy fall in love and marry when they are just 18. With little money, no home and a baby on the way, Reg buys an old bus and converts it into a caravan. They travel south from Huddersfield to Southampton and live in an apple orchard for three years. Reg tries many ways to make a living, including making sweets and popcorn. When he first hears Bill Haley's Rock Around the Clock, he decides to bring Rock 'n' Roll to England. Within a short time, young musicians, guitarists, drummers and singers, give up their day job to follow him and become 'dance-hall' stars.



School of Rock 'n' Roll

by S.K. Moore

Kindle eBook from Amazon.com  approx £2.50.

This book can be 'read' on any device, with Amazon's free app. Can be downloaded to Kindle, laptop, iPad, mobile etc.

Includes 39 photographs.

(To be published as a paperback in February 2018)

CLIFTON HALL - School of Rock 'n' Roll The second book in the trilogy and one of the most unusual stories you will read, based on real people and events. A 'social history' of the 1960's. Yes, there are drugs, sex and rock 'n' roll, but not in the way you would expect it.

1961, Reg and Dorothy Calvert move with their daughters from Southampton to Clifton Hall near Rugby. With them came an entourage of young musicians and singers. It did not take long for the inhabitants of Clifton-upon-Dunsmore to realise there were strange 'goings on' at the Hall. Rumour and gossip were rife. Who were these bohemian young men appearing in their village? Behind the fun, laughter, glitz and glamour of show business, lies a powerful love story.

  • 39 images/photographs included, some never before published including photos of the Beatles and Tanya Day. 



Photo above:  2012.  50 year reunion of some of the 'boys' (dance hall stars) 

Barney Peacock (drummer), Tony Burnett (drummer), Colin Angel/Wilsher (Singer and guitarist).  Susan Moore (author and artist, daughter of Reg & Dorothy Calvert.)  Danny Storm  / David Hurran (singer). Glen Dale / Richard Garforth (singer).  Geoff Chalk (guitarist).  Don Ker (guitarist).  Johnny Martin /Martin Upperdine, (singer and guitarist). 



STAGE PLAY Available for theatre groups to adapt as a play, with or without music, projected images etc.  Flexible script to suit the ability or theatre group and actors available.

Many things have been written about the 1950s and 60s.  Most of it myth and exaggerated.

This is a true story that will hold your audience from beginning to end.

THREE NEW PLAYS   based on the life and times of REG CALVERT 


(Top) June 1946 Reg and Dorothy Calvert on their wedding day. 

For more information and details about the plays visit:



A new play - double bill - combining two plays, 'School of Rock & Roll' and 'Death of a Pirate'     With 1960's band:  Pinkerton's Assorted Colours - plus - projected archive photographs was performed on 4th November at the Abbey Theatre, Nuneaton.

Rehearsal Filmed - and BBC Midlands Today featured the play and interview with Susan Moore on 3rd November 2011.

For photographs from the play - see PHOTOS from play page.

More information contact: susan _ calvert@ btinternet.com


Email: fillongleypub @ btinternet.com 

For more information about Southampton Bands, Reg & Dorothy Calvert and other pop groups and Reg Calvert visit: www.davidstjohn.co.uk