LONDON — Perhaps only in London do the worlds of bibliophilia, archaeology and rhythm and blues blend together as seamlessly as they did on March 21 at the book signing party for ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s new tome, “Treasure Islands,” held in the spectacular domed grand library of the British Museum.
Co-authored with Richard Havers, who dubbed the book “Wyman’s coming out as a metal detective,” “Treasure”is an illustrated and documented love letter to Wyman’s heretofore little-known passion for amateur archaeology — especially as practiced by the legions of trinket, coin and artifact sleuths who search with metal detectors for the “treasures” of the book’s title.
It’s Wyman’s third post-Stones book, but his first non-music-related outing.
Had Wyman decided to chuck the metal detector for his traditional bass guitar, he could have led one phenomenal band. On hand for his book launch were his long-time partner in rhythm, Charlie Watts of the Stones; singer-songwriter-social activist Bob Geldof; keyboard maestro Georgie Fame, Beverley Skeete and Terry Taylor from Wyman’s current outfit, the Rhythm Kings; and Eric Clapton’s fellow guitar-master Andy Fairweather-Low and even novelty artist/TV star Rolf Harris — just in case the band needed a didgeridoo player!