A YORK punk rocker has told more about his colourful and entertaining life in the music industry in a new book - including his encounters with stars ranging from Neil Sedaka to Little Richard.

Stevie Ze Suicide also describes the joy of performing as drummer with the UK Subs in front of thousands of chanting fans and tells of his battles against depression in Fragile Butterfly, his second book - available on Amazon.

Stevie, aka Stephen Roberts, revealed in his first book last year, ‘Rock & Roll Chronicles’, how he worked as a ‘gofer’ to rock and pop stars at studios filming famous music videos in the 80s and 90s. His new book focusses more on his times performing on stage,as well as featuring his poems, drawings and sketches.

He tells how he played drums behind rock and roll legend Little Richard in the early 70s on a TV show, with the song ‘I Hear You Knockin’ But You Can’t Come In’ which started with the drums.

“I started the big drum intro which I adored playing with energy – so I really went for it! Little Richard clocked my performance and was clearly pleased with his fellow lunatic on drums.

“After the performance he bowed to the audience and left the stage. As he passed me he smiled and winked at me, as if to say, “That showed ‘em, son.”

Stevie says one of the most inspiring and encouraging artists he ever met was the legendary Neil Sedaka, when his father, a pianist and musical arranger, worked with him at Batley Variety Club in the 70s.

“He spoke to me at length about songwriting and never allowing yourself to be put off by anyone,” he says. “He had all the time for helping me, busy though he was. A truly genuine songwriter and performer.”