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By hardingsimon | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 20:40


A celebration to mark the publication of the first ever biography of Adge Cutler will take place at the Royal Oak, Nailsea where Adge Cutler and The Wurzels recorded their first live album.


Adge: King of the Wurzels published by Bristol Books will be officially launched at the venue where in 1966 the larger than life character led the band with his trademark wurzel stick.


Adge, who came from Nailsea and is buried in the town's churchyard, was one of the West Country's larger than life characters taking the country by storm with his songs about the people and places of the West. 


Author and journalist John Hudson spoke to scores of Adge's relatives, friends and acquaintances to gain a unique insight into the life and untimely death of a man whose songs are still loved all over the region and beyond.


John Hudson will be on hand to sign copies of the book at the event in the Royal Oak on Wednesday 28th November from 7pm to 9pm when rare archive film of Adge Cutler will be shown.


Clive Burlton of Bristol Books, a new Community Interest Company based in Long Ashton, said: "We shall be toasting Adge with a glass of cider and hearing some stories about Adge and his tremendous influence on this area.


"Bristol Books was formed to uncover some of the important and untold stories about the lives and communities in Bristol and the surrounding area. This book captures Adge's story for future generations."



Adge: King of the Wurzels (£12) tells how some of Adge's best-loved songs came about and author John Hudson examines in unprecedented depth the road accident in 1974 that cost Adge Cutler his life, and the controversy that continues to surround the coroner's inquest. But overwhelmingly the book is a joyous celebration of the life of a giant among the West Country's best-loved entertainers.



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