Brian Robert Setzer, James Robert McDonnell and Leon Drucker are three neighbors of Massapequa, a small town in the county of Nassau, in the state of New York, who share a disproportionate fondness for music and who after discovering the pioneer artists of the  r & r  They will start  an incredible adventure that will forever change their lives and that of many fans.

In June of 1980, after gaining a reputation in the local scene, they fly to London, attracted by the explosion of the rockabilly genre , with the intention of spending the summer and trying their luck. Surprisingly, a few weeks later they appear on the cover of the influential New Musical Express magazine   and some members of the most famous bands (The Clash, The Rolling Stones, Sex Pistols, The Kinks) come to see them and are shocked by their music, their aesthetics and its direct explosives.

WHO OR WHO WAS BEHIND THIS SUCCESSFUL SUCCESS?

After conquering the European and Japanese market, they knocked out another heavyweight of the record industry, the American, getting placed  on the sales charts behind the unbeatable  Thriller  by Michael Jackson, something unthinkable for a trio that plays rockabilly .

After almost forty years of the creation of the band their first biography is written.  This is the fascinating story of Stray Cats, their first steps, their influences, their records, their mythical performances, their symbols,their instruments, their technique, their conflicts and relationships, It´s the stoy of an unexpected split and about an era where punk embers are still hot, where subculture youth rules in London´s streets, where the crazy Japanese fans assert their reputation and where Hell’s Angels escort them at their triumphal entry into Paris. This is the story of a track that still remains indelible … THE TRACK OF THE CAT.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I Massapequa days

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THOSE WONDERFUL YEARS

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THAT THEY CALL ROCK AND ROLL

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FIRST STEPS IN LONG ISLAND

PART II New York, New York

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NEW YORK, YEAR ZERO

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MAX'S KANSAS CITY

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THE ENCOUNTER

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THE DESIGNER OF CLOTHING OF SLADE AND THE AMERICAN ADVENTURE OF THE ROCKATS

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THE SONG OF THE SIRENS

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A CAT UNDER THE SKIN

PART III Stray Cat Strut

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LONDON, JUNE 1980

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TEDDY BOY CONNECTION

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RUMBLE!

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FIRST GIGS

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AN ALBUM FOR THE HISTORY

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THE PURISTS, THE PRESS AND A PLAN FOR CONQUER AMERICA

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A PARIDISIAC ISLAND, A WORKING COOK AND A FENDER AMPLIFIER

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RED TELEPHONE? WE FLY TO JAPAN

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THE TELEVISION DEBUT IN THE UNITED STATES

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THE ROLLING STONES: A DREAM COMES TRUE

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IS PARIS BURNING?

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STRAY CATS IN SPAIN

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GLORY PATHS: BUILT FOR SPEED

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WILLIE NELSON 4th JULY: AN APPROACH TO COUNTRY MUSIC

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US FEST: ON THE HIGHEST

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THE APPROACH TO THE COUNTRY

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A PERFECT ALBUM OF ROCKABILLY

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THE OLD GUARD OF THE R & R

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THE BEGINNING OF THE END

PART IV Six lifes

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THE SPLIT UP

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SEPARATE WAYS

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MR. BLUE SUEDE SHOES

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ROCK AND ROLL THERAPY

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SOME CATS LOITER IN HOLLYWOOD

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NUDE GUITARS

PART V The Return

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THE MEETING

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RIDE THE SNAKE

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THE MOST EXPECTED ALBUM

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ON TOUR

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LET'S GO FASTER. GOODBYE TO MULTINATIONALS

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THE LOST TAPES

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FISH & CHIPS, ELVIS ON MARS AND THE GUITAR OF FRANK SINATRA

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THE ORIGIN OF AN ORCHESTRA

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A FAREWELL HOMAGE

PART VI Other lives

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2004 MEETING

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2007 MEETING

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2008 MEETING

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THE FAREWELL TOUR IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

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LAST CONFESSIONS

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