This fascinating book reveals the buzzy life of a 50s/60s South Coast Rock Band of the Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, Beatles era.

Foreword by Duane Eddy

You can order your copy direct from us here and pay via PayPal (no need to open an account to use this service). It is also possible to order it direct from any UK bookshop, such as Waterstones. Overseas buyers can also purchase it from Amazon. If you have any difficulties, please email Roger at

Read this review by Nick Churchill of the Bournemouth Daily Echo

Click on any image below to see a larger version
(Opens in a new window)
There are loads more
photographs and cuttings
in The Sandstorms book

Hear Roger play Johnny B. Goode. Click here to get an mp3!

Hear more Rock 'n' Roll and see Rogers current band - 'Corkscrew' right here

Have a look at this relevant link


Hear a Talk about The Sandstorms by Roger and Sandra Downton.

More information here

Readers' reviews here

Read the original Daily Echo review on their website here

Read the latest (November 2010) Daily Echo review here

© Roger Downton 2010 - 2018


Readers Letters

'The coolest little book I've seen in ages'

Greetings Roger!

I was informed of your book by Steve Russell, the keeper of the fantastic vintage Hofner guitar website. He posted that he enjoyed it thoroughly. Sounded exactly like my kind of read, so in spite of being a Yank, I purchased it.
Well, it was a terrific read, and kept me laughing and nodding in agreement throughout the entire proceedings.

Being a pro bassist for the past 37 years (using one of my many Hofner Beatle basses) along with having lots of friends and pen pals in the UK, I had no problem with the native tongue!

Just wanted to drop in and thank you for the coolest little book I've seen in ages!

All the best,
Pennsylvania, USA

Hello Roger!

I've just bought a copy of your book 'The Sandstorms' and want to say what an excellent read!

A real 'blast from the past' for me. Your book is a seriously good read! It made me laugh so much too! Thank you very much!

Warmest Regards,


Hi Roger,

Just finished reading your book - & jolly enjoyable it was too. We were both honoured with having lived through exceptional, enjoyable, and most memorable times.
Congratulations & Best Regards,

Happy Days!


Dear Roger,


What an amazing book - I have read it "3 times" just in case I missed the tiniest detail.

I could go on forever about your book - which I have to everyone that has crossed my front door!!

Thank you Roger for reminding me of a wonderful part of our life! You have restored my faith in my memories!!!!

Love, Pat

Hi Roger

I read your Sandstorms book and couldn't put it down. Even though I wasn't there, I felt like I was.

All the best


Hi Roger,

Congratulations on your book! I am something of a collector of books about 1960's
pop and beat, and this was one of the best yet. I enjoyed it immensely, a real
document of the times. And I’m in it! What more could I ask.

Paul Morehead