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I love a good music book/biography, me. Doesn't even have to be
about anyone I'm a major fan of either, usually. Anyone recommend
anything that falls under this category for these unprecedented times
of sitting on yer arse, stuck in the hoose? :smt006
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Punk rock an oral history by John Rob. Fantastically put together with just about everyone of note in the first wave U.K. punk scene contributing one way or another.
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Boody wrote: 04 Jun 2020, 11:37 Punk rock an oral history by John Rob. Fantastically put together with just about everyone of note in the first wave U.K. punk scene contributing one way or another.
Totally agree, re-read it again recently.In a similar vein, loved '77 Sulphate Strip too 8)
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Peter Hook's books are a great read.

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gjinblack wrote: 04 Jun 2020, 12:48 Peter Hook's books are a great read.

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Agreed mate, though the Hacienda one was my least favourite. Barneys account
was worth a read too 8)
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MiB81 wrote: 04 Jun 2020, 11:30 Doesn't even have to be about anyone I'm a major fan of either, usually.
Me too, and the same for documentaries (which is a good thing, given the continued delay of the Stranglers one). Most of the band biographies I've read have been quite poor, though, not a patch on the quality of "No Mercy". The John Lydon book "No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish" (or whichever order they appear in) was terrible - he really should have got a proper writer involved. I read one about Phil Lynott which was OK, but a bit confusing timeline-wise in some parts.
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Julian Cope wrote a couple of pretty good autobiographies - hard to find these days but a good read.
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Quite enjoyed Chris Difford's Some Fantastic Place which I read recently.
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gjinblack wrote: 04 Jun 2020, 12:48 Peter Hook's books are a great read.

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Agreed mate, though the Hacienda one was my least favourite. Barneys account
was worth a read too 8)
Yeah I liked Barney's too. Agree about the Haçienda book being the weakest, still worth a read though.

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The Patti Smith ones are are good, she doesn't concentrate on the music that much but she can actually write.
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Boody wrote: 04 Jun 2020, 19:14 Julian Cope wrote a couple of pretty good autobiographies - hard to find these days but a good read.
Again agreed, Head On and Repossessed both great reads. I remember asking him years ago about
when he would do the next installment of his memoirs and he said that as it would deal with the
death of his father this would be much too painful for him.
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droopsnoot wrote: 04 Jun 2020, 19:11
MiB81 wrote: 04 Jun 2020, 11:30 Doesn't even have to be about anyone I'm a major fan of either, usually.
Me too, and the same for documentaries (which is a good thing, given the continued delay of the Stranglers one). Most of the band biographies I've read have been quite poor, though, not a patch on the quality of "No Mercy". The John Lydon book "No Blacks, No Dogs, No Irish" (or whichever order they appear in) was terrible - he really should have got a proper writer involved. I read one about Phil Lynott which was OK, but a bit confusing timeline-wise in some parts.
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