A Message From Scott Mercer, the author of Lemon Daze:
Here it is, finally unleashed on the world. I’ll let you catch your breath for a second. Myself and Allan Morgan have only been working on this book for 22 years, that’s all. “Lemon Daze: The Highly Unlikely History of The Electric Lime Peel Expansion Module (The Unforseeable Rise and Utterly Inevitable Fall of The Most Famous 1960’s Rock Band of the 21st Century)”
An exhaustive (and exhausting) history of the 1960’s rock band that nobody’s ever heard of: The Electric Lime Peel Expansion Module. (Nobody who knows anything about the Sixties, anyway.)
Covering the group’s early days as British school boys with rock stars in their eyes, to their roots in the “British Invasion” in the minor chart-scraping act The Manchester Beatmen, to their dalliance with “The Jet Set” during “Swinging London,” when they transitioned from mere musicians to “artists” as the proto-psychedelic trio “Is,” and finally adding the three American musicians from San Francisco to form ELPEM in heady, bong-choked atmosphere of The Summer of Love.
We tell tales out of school, examine, as Marty DiBergi once said, “the sights, sounds and smells of a working rock band,” and analyze the “core four,” their four amazing studio LPs released during the band’s career, and finally their tragic break-up circa 1970.
This is a nuts-and-bolts history of a band that has become emblematic of Sixties Rock only after the fact, for reasons we will attempt to ferret out. This book marks the first in-depth examination of their story from Manchester, to “Swinging London,” to The Sunset Strip, to Woodstock, and (sort of) to the Moon and back. Find out more than you need to know about the group behind the thundering “Dinosaur Man,” the hazy “Lemon Fog,” and the immortal “Slipperhead,” the second Rock Opera ever released. More than you need to know and then some, all 556 pages worth! Includes press clippings, flyers, and a full discography of ELPEM and all the related and sundry groups. Way too much time was invested here.