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Postby markE » 1st Aug 06, 10:16

can anyone reccomend any books on rock music.The only one I've read is "The Dirt - Motley Crue" which was entertaining but I'm looking for something a bit more worthwhile ( at least until ginger gets round to publishing/finishing his :roll:
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Postby SteveP » 1st Aug 06, 11:59

Iron Maiden's Run To The Hills,

top read in my opinion

and The Dirt as already mentioned, trememndous!!!
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Postby Sully » 1st Aug 06, 14:12

A drink with Shane Macgowan by his bird (i cant remember her name).
She just sat down with him and a tape recorder in different locations over a few months or whatever, did a few interviews with him and it was transcribed into a book.
It's decent, give it a go.

Oh aye,
White Line Fever by Lemmy Kilmister. I read it in about an hour, there's some funny stories in it though.

And another i read years ago,
Marilyn mansons autobiography. It's completely fucked up, in a good way.
I never liked his music but it's a good read.

Can't think of owt else.
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Postby Ean » 1st Aug 06, 15:19

Mark Radcliffe's SHOWBUSINESS: The Diary Of A Rock 'N' Roll Nobody.

Sighs of recognition from failed rockers everywhere, and damned funny as well.

If you want fiction, there's always Espedair Street by Iain Banks
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Postby Ross » 1st Aug 06, 15:53

The Clash book by Johnny Green called A Riot of Our Own is excellent, the perspective of the roadie on their career, as such it isn't nostalgic or tainted with band egos...
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Postby nig1012 » 1st Aug 06, 22:14

scar tissue by anthony keidis its along the same lines as the dirt but even if your not a fan (like meself) you`ll still find it interesting
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Postby Damian » 1st Aug 06, 23:23

I can recommend a rock film. Find a copy of "Dig!" if you can...
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Postby SchitzoStu » 2nd Aug 06, 08:50

Ean wrote:If you want fiction, there's always Espedair Street by Iain Banks


Fantastic book.

I heard a rumour at one stage they were planning a film based on Espedair Street with Fish playing the lead. Would have been good......
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Postby blackdeathcrew » 2nd Aug 06, 13:24

Ross wrote:The Clash book by Johnny Green called A Riot of Our Own is excellent, the perspective of the roadie on their career, as such it isn't nostalgic or tainted with band egos...



thats an excellent read 8)
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Postby tex » 2nd Aug 06, 21:03

Damian wrote:I can recommend a rock film. Find a copy of "Dig!" if you can...



Fantastic film.

I can't stand either band save for a song or two, and after watching this I hated them even more. Except for Joel, he was pretty cool and more than a little human by the end of it.

Oh, and Peter Hayes. Although the BRMC main man doesn't get too much screen time.

Must have seen it about 9 or 10 times now and I still watch it with my jaw on the floor.
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Postby Radish » 3rd Aug 06, 09:20

Try "The Eight Legged Atomic Dustbin Will Eat Itself" (Wonderstuff, Neds, Poppies) or "Goodnight Jim Bob: On the road with Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine". Both great books with a distinctly Brit perspective on the music business, very different to stuff like Scar Tissue (which is also good).
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Postby WiredOut » 3rd Aug 06, 11:32

Ean wrote:Mark Radcliffe's SHOWBUSINESS: The Diary Of A Rock 'N' Roll Nobody.

Sighs of recognition from failed rockers everywhere, and damned funny as well.

If you want fiction, there's always Espedair Street by Iain Banks


I started reading that Mark Radcliffe book, but couldn't get far through it. I like the guy as a presenter and generally find him funny; but I thought trying to squeeze in about 4 jokes/comic exaggerations a sentence was a bit much to stomach for a book-length read. It was funny for a while, but then I just got saturated with it.

I mean, I thought it got to the point that it was pretty much impossible to discern how many of/ to what extent the events which occurred at a particular gig/event were true. The writing style seemed more suited to an autobiographically-tinged piece of fiction or maybe a regular magazine column than an entire book supposedly about a passage from the writer's own life.

But maybe I shouldn't take it so seriously :) I might go back and have another look at it. Bite-sized chunks, mind.
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Postby Ean » 3rd Aug 06, 12:26

WiredOut wrote:
But maybe I shouldn't take it so seriously :) I might go back and have another look at it. Bite-sized chunks, mind.


I know a fair few names were changed to protect the guilty, but it's still a good read. Just pretend it all really happened, in a Spinal Tap sort of way. Maybe smaller doses is better... I still re-read it about once a year. :)

His novel about the folk scene, Northern Sky, is worth a read too, although I'll admit I wasn't keen on the ending.
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Postby shockingcandy » 3rd Aug 06, 12:38

I enjoyed Fargo Rock City.
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Postby Radish » 4th Aug 06, 08:39

And how could I forget John Peel's "Margrave of the Marshes". Really hits home what a great bloke he was.
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