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Richard Jobson Announces New Autobiography “Into The Valley” & The Skids UK Tour

From school punk to modern day film producer, Richard Jobson has lived a full and colourful life. A harrowing incident as a child left him suffering with epilepsy but he was a mere fifteen year old when he launched the punk rock band The Skids in 1977 with his songwriting partner Stuart Adamson.

With hit singles including the imortal ‘Into The Valley’, after four albums The Skids folded and Jobson formed The Armoury Show whilst Adamson
had moved on to form the successful eighties band Big Country.

In this cathartic story, Jobson talks candidly about the many trials and tribulations that have shaped his life. He talks openly of his breakdown during the making of The Skids’ third album The Absolute Game, detailing the suicidal thoughts going through his mind at the time. More pertinent than he could have imagined given that writing partner Stuart Adamson was to take his own life two decades later. 

They had remained friends following The Skids break-up and their relationship is explored in detail throughout. 

In the 1980s Jobson became a familiar face on television as a presenter and film reviewer for Sky Television. In June 2013, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Arts) from Edinburgh Napier University. 

Today he is a successful filmmaker but his life has also gone full circle. In 2017 he reactivated The Skids. A successful UK tour prompted demand for more shows in 2018 as well as the band’s first new album for over three decades, making this the perfect time to write his memoirs of his time in the band.

Into The Valley is a riveting read and a perfect illustration of how one man overcame his disability to become successful in the world of music and film. A first hand account of the late 1970s and early 80s that will appeal not only to punk rock fans but to anyone identifying with Jobson’s triumph over adversity.

The Skids continue their hugely successful comeback tour with more UK shows throughout June, July and August 2018. The dates include a show at the Isle of Wight Festival on the 24th of June and a London show at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday the 30th of June 2018.

LIVE DATES:

JUN 07TH      SUB 89 & THE BOWERY DISTRICT, READING   

JUN 08TH      CHEESE AND GRAIN, FROME        

JUN 09TH      TRAMSHED, CARDIFF 

JUN 15TH      BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB, LEEDS  

JUN 16TH      02 ACADEMY, NEWCASTLE          

JUN 17TH      KELVINGROVE BANDSTAND, GLASGOW (w/ Big Country)

JUN 19TH      SUMMERHALL COURTYARD, EDINBURGH (w/ Big Country)

JUN 21ST      LIVE ROOMS, CHESTER

JUN 22ND     THE RESCUE ROOMS NOTTINGHAM

JUN 23RD     02 ACADEMY, LIVERPOOL

JUN 24TH      ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL

 JUN 27TH     THE WEDGEWOOD ROOMS, PORTSMOUTH 

JUN 28TH      ROBIN 2, BILSTON

JUN 29TH      CONCORDE 2, BRIGHTON                         

JUN 30TH      02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE, LONDON

JUL 21ST       REWIND FESTIVAL, SCONE PALACE, PERTH

AUG 18TH     BEAUTIFUL DAYS FESTIVAL, ESCOT PARK, DEVON

AUG 24TH     THUNDER IN THE GLEN, AVIEMORE      

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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