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11 hours ago, Costanza said:

Given you liked Brix Smith, would highly recommend The Big Weekend by Steve Hanley.

For New Order/Joy Division Hooky's and Steve Morris books are good. Bernard Sumner's is a bit disappointing.

Brett Anderson's two books also really good, the first one, Coal Black Mornings is fantastically written.

I forgot about the Steve Hanley one.  The viv abertine one is supposed to alright as well.  It's what got brix Smith to write hers 

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5 hours ago, Tazio said:

A brilliant one from that same era is Ian McLagan’s book All The Rage going from his time in the Small Faces all the way through the 70’s and his time with other bands and Dylan. Lots of great stories and written in a nice style. 

Was privileged to see him playing with Billy Bragg somewhere in Victoria street.  My Fav 60s band. 

Best fact about them is that the oldest was 21 when they split up.  

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6 minutes ago, Auldbenches said:

Was privileged to see him playing with Billy Bragg somewhere in Victoria street.  My Fav 60s band. 

Best fact about them is that the oldest was 21 when they split up.  

There’s a great bit in the book about when he joined the Small Faces. He wasn’t an official member of the band so was on session musician wages. After much complaining and the support of the band he was allowed to be an official member. And his wages were slashed as his musicians union rate was way more than the rest got paid. Sadly they never saw any royalties for their recordings for a long time as their manager Don Arden (Sharon Osborne’s dad) pocketed all the money from record sales. 

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1 hour ago, Tazio said:

There’s a great bit in the book about when he joined the Small Faces. He wasn’t an official member of the band so was on session musician wages. After much complaining and the support of the band he was allowed to be an official member. And his wages were slashed as his musicians union rate was way more than the rest got paid. Sadly they never saw any royalties for their recordings for a long time as their manager Don Arden (Sharon Osborne’s dad) pocketed all the money from record sales. 

There's a good documentary about them on YouTube where they mentioned Osborne's dad.   Aware of that when I see her.   Guys at 17 and 19 producing their stuff and not getting what they deserve.   

There's about 4 books on here I'll order very soon.  

This one will be well worth it.  

There is a good performance of Happy days toy town on youtube where the music stops and they keep going.  Captures them brilliantly.  

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1 hour ago, Auldbenches said:

I forgot about the Steve Hanley one.  The viv abertine one is supposed to alright as well.  It's what got brix Smith to write hers 

I've got that in my pile to read as well actually, had forgotten!

I keep adding to the books (which was piled up from various Fopp purchases) but with parenting and work, hardly got through any in lockdown. 

Really should start the Mark Lanegan one as that is meant to be brilliant (but harrowing).

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Just now, Costanza said:

I've got that in my pile to read as well actually, had forgotten!

I keep adding to the books (which was piled up from various Fopp purchases) but with parenting and work, hardly got through any in lockdown. 

Really should start the Mark Lanegan one as that is meant to be brilliant (but harrowing).

I just got into reading them again to get through this.  Easy way to spend a couple of hours.   There's about 4 in here I'll order to begin with. 

 

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9 minutes ago, Costanza said:

I've got that in my pile to read as well actually, had forgotten!

I keep adding to the books (which was piled up from various Fopp purchases) but with parenting and work, hardly got through any in lockdown. 

Really should start the Mark Lanegan one as that is meant to be brilliant (but harrowing).

Well reminded. I’ve been meaning to read Lanegan’s for a while. 

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22 minutes ago, Tazio said:

Well reminded. I’ve been meaning to read Lanegan’s for a while. 

I cheated a bit and read the Liam Gallagher chapter as heard it was good. Didn't disappoint.

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A pal was recommending the Lanegan book yesterday.  Sounded brilliant but a tough read. 

 

That's on the list now

 

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Trouble Songs by Stuart Baillie.

 

 A narrative of the conflict in Northern Ireland through the context of music and bands. Very good (and balanced).

 

Some good stuff on Stiff Little Fingers. 

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'It takes blood and guts' by Skin from Skunk Anansie's one is a really good read

 

Just ordered 'So much for the 30yr plan' the Therapy? biography

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43 minutes ago, Ribble said:

'It takes blood and guts' by Skin from Skunk Anansie's one is a really good read

 

Just ordered 'So much for the 30yr plan' the Therapy? biography

Didn't realise about Therapy?.

 

Might give that a whirl.

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3 hours ago, CF11JamTart said:

A pal was recommending the Lanegan book yesterday.  Sounded brilliant but a tough read. 

 

That's on the list now

 

I downloaded the free kindle sampler of the first couple of chapters last night. Finished them and immediately ordered the book online.

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On 01/03/2021 at 09:21, CF11JamTart said:

That is very good.

 

I'm re-reading Creation Stories by Alan McGee. It's good too.

 

I have no really interest in listening to Thin Lizzy, but "Cowboy Song", a biography of Phil Lynott was excellent. 

 

I enjoyed Stuart Cosgrove's Soul Trilogy too.

 

There's a lot of good stuff out there.


I read creation stories. Some of it felt a bit embellished to me. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it but still

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14 minutes ago, Dusk_Till_Dawn said:


I read creation stories. Some of it felt a bit embellished to me. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it but still

 

Really interesting interview with McGee and Adrian Chiles the other day about the new Creation Stories film.

 

McGee basically saying that Irvine Welsh's film is quite loose in its creative interpretation of McGee's book.

 

50% of it happened.  50% was Welsh's interpretation. 

 

"I don't hate it. It's ok. I can live with it".

 

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John Peel - Margrave of the Marshes, really enjoyed this when I read it. JP's  Olivetti Chronicles is decent too, but it's just a collection of his old articles so a bit of a mish mash.

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Alan McGee's Creation Stories, riots raves and running a record label. 

Soon to be made into a film 

 

Great read by the founder of Jesus and the Mary Chain and Oasis. I very much recommend this. 

 

 

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Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon Paperback

 

by Tony Fletcher.

 

Excellent biography of the ultimate drumming wild-man.

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On 01/03/2021 at 21:36, Auldbenches said:

I forgot about the Steve Hanley one.  The viv abertine one is supposed to alright as well.  It's what got brix Smith to write hers 

 

Was about to recommend the first Viv Albertine book 'Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys'. 

 

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On 02/03/2021 at 14:34, CF11JamTart said:

 

Really interesting interview with McGee and Adrian Chiles the other day about the new Creation Stories film.

 

McGee basically saying that Irvine Welsh's film is quite loose in its creative interpretation of McGee's book.

 

50% of it happened.  50% was Welsh's interpretation. 

 

"I don't hate it. It's ok. I can live with it".

 

McGee and Welsh is a proper ***** casino!

 

The Beastie Boys book is great. Lots of stories through their career from daft punk teenagers to MCA’s death, some told by them, some told by various people that knew them - Chuck D, Kim Gordon etc. And as they’re music daft, some great scribbled mixtapes from each of them scattered throughout the book. 

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On 01/03/2021 at 23:11, Tazio said:

Well reminded. I’ve been meaning to read Lanegan’s for a while. 

Finished this today, very good read but by Christ it’s not a barrel of laughs. There is a fair bit of dark humour in it though. 

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