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New (2017) edition of a book first published in 2004, WHEELS OUT OF GEAR is a vibrant exploration of the 2-Tone, Mod and Oi! movements of the late 1970s and early ’80s, set against the turbulent backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain.
To a soundtrack provided by the Specials, the Jam, the Angelic Upstarts and more, Britain reeled beneath a firestorm of brutal, and constantly escalating political confrontation.
Wheels Out of Gear is an unflinching portrait of this tumultuous time, a stoy which Uncutmagazine described as “a fine book that is as much social history as musical biography,” and Record Collectorcalled “a fascinating and essential account of what happened, the way we remember it.”
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To celebrate 40 years of the Furs… a new edition of the ultimate story of the ultimate post-punk band. Combining the chaos and vocal rasp of the Sex Pistols with a Bowie-esque glamour, the Psychedelic Furs hit the big time in the U.S. when John Hughes wrote a movie based on their early single “Pretty in Pink.” Poised to join U2 and Simple Minds in the premier league, they withdrew behind their shades, remaining a cult act, but one with a hugely devoted following.
This book was first published in 2004.