Dave Clark 'Glad' About New Doc, Pens Memoir
Dave Clark is preparing some words to go with the music from his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career.
On the heels of the documentary "The Dave Clark Five and Beyond -- Glad All Over," which premieres April 8 on PBS' Great Performances series, the drummer and band leader will also be publishing a memoir. Clark tells Billboard that the tome isn't titled yet, but he hopes to publish it by the end of the year and promises it will be even more revealing than the two-hour film.
"I thought the book would take me six months to write, and it took me nearly two years," Clark explains. "It's all down now; it just maybe needs to be condensed a bit. It gets into all the nitty gritty and all the drama and things that happened on the road and all that, which is good reading. But I think you slow things up if you put all the business stuff in a film. I think you want to make (a film) entertaining first, and then you can use a book to include all the rest of it."
Both projects allow Clark to spotlight the uber-successful but under-appreciated tenure of the Dave Clark Five, which was the second British rock group to appear on "The Ed Sullivan Show" -- starting with three consecutive appearances, held over at Sullivan's own request -- and was portrayed as a rival to the Beatles in the U.K. But Clark, who broke the group up in 1970 ("After a time you start to lose your identity, and that was the reason we stopped," he explains), says that chronicling the DC5 history was never really on his agenda.
"I never wanted to do a documentary or write a book," says Clark, who was a film extra and stuntman before he started the band and followed the group by producing the 1986 stage musical "Time." "I've loved every moment and I wouldn't have missed it for the world, but I felt we didn't have to prove anything to anybody. We know what we did, and it was wonderful. But the danger is that when you stop in '70, people tend to forget, and I understand that." He credits friends such as Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt and Tom Hanks, the latter of whom inducted the DC5 into the Rock Hall in 2008, with convincing him to take on the historical projects.
"I had people like Tom Hanks and Bruce and Steve Van Zandt saying, 'Oh, you've got to do a book. You've got to do a documentary. You've got to tell the stories," Clark recalls. "At the Hall of Fame, Tom said to me, 'You owe it to yourself, you owe it to history, but more than anything you owe it to the boys. And Mike (Smith) had died just a few days before and Denis (Payton) had died a couple years before (in 2006), and I thought it was maybe being selfish on my part not to do that. So that's what I've done, and I'm glad I did now."
Bassist Rick Huxley passed away last year, leaving Clark and guitarist Lenny Davidson as the DC5's only surviving members. "It was great to look back because we were all mates, friends from our teenage days -- before that, from school, really," Clark says. "And the amazing thing is, looking back, we never had one legal letter between us, even to this day. We were friends and it stayed like that. After you read about a lot of our contemporaries and the dramas they went through, you think, 'God, I was very, very lucky.' "
The "Glad All Over" documentary -- filled with vintage footage and commentary by Springsteen, Van Zandt, Hanks, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Kiss' Gene Simmons, Stevie Wonder, some of the DC5's original fans and more -- debuts at 8 p.m. EST on April 8 and repeats at 10 p.m. April 11. It will also be released on DVD later this year, with two hours of extras according to Clark.