New Eurovision books
"Songs For Europe - The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest "
Volume One: The 1950s and 1960s
Volume Two: The 1970s
Volume  Three: The 1980s
Written by Gordon Roxburgh
Published by Telos Publishing
Available from

Every year since 1956 millions of people around Europe and beyond have tuned in to watch the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It has become compulsive viewing, as viewers support their favourite song or country, and eagerly watch the performances and anticipate the excitement of the international voting as the show heads towards its climax.

Through examination of survivimg archive material and documentation, plus interviews with those involved both behind and in front of the camera, this series of books charts the history of the United Kingdom in the contest. Find out more about how the songs were selected to represent the country, and details of the all important voting each year.

This first volume looks at how the contest was created, and how important the BBC was in influencing its development. There is in depth coverage of those contests staged in the United Kingdom, and interviews with artists, composers and production personnel who took part in both the domestic and international competitions.

The second volume examines the 1970s when the contest achieved huge viewing figures, and the songs featured highly in the charts.

The third volume, published in January 2017 looks at the 1980s, a hugely popular era amongst the fans of the contest.

A detailed and exhaustive work of reference which fans of music and television history will find invaluable and fascinating.

The books are available at 16.99 each. Order via 

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Andy Abraham was the United Kingdom representative at last years Eurovision Song Contest in Belgrade. In an interview for this site, he told us about his preparations and hopes for the   contest. Plus in co-operation with an additional video interview taken in Belgrade.


Daz Sampson represented the United Kingdom in 2006 in Athens with   Teenage Life.   Read our   interview with the performer who is determined to return to the Eurovision Song Contest again in the future.  


In our interview section you can find   an exclusive interview with Eurovision: Your Decision 2008   contender Rob McVeigh.

Tony Markey was one of the members of the group Ritzy, that took part in A Song For Europe 1983, with the song Keeping Our Love Alive. Find out more about his experience in the contest, and which future United Kingdom artist was nearly part of the group.

Jonathan Maitland is a journalist and broadcaster, who was also a performer as part of Surf'n Turf in A Song For Europe 2002, with the sing I Give In. Find out more about the background to this entry in our Interviews section.

John Dawson Read was one of the composers of the song For Only Day sung by Unity is A Song For Europe 1981. Find out what John thought about the chances of his entry in our Interviews section.

Watch out for more exciting interviews coming soon with United Kingdom artists.

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